What is Ginger?
Ginger is a root that is also called Zingiber and has been used for many generations. It belongs to the same powerhouses like turmeric and cardamom. It was first exported from India and southern Asia to Europe and in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Known as a warming root, ginger stimulates the “digestive fire” and also known for relieving nausea, aiding digestion, soothing cramps and improving circulation. Ginger also possesses potent detoxifying properties, stimulating elimination via bowel release and perspiration.
More to that, even Western medicine acknowledges the power of ginger. With many studies done on this root, we can state at least 5 health benefits it has: it helps with heart dis-ease, stroke, lung cancer, diabetes and diarrheal dis-ease.
For me there are 2 other amazing benefits: I use ginger in my morning drink to help cleanse my liver and it has also proven to reduce period pains.
The way I learned to do this was from Dr. Aviva Room. I take a piece of the root a little bit smaller than my palm, wash it and blend it with three-quarters of water. Then I run it through a sieve and press it so all of the liquid comes out. I then put it in a sterile jar and keep it up to 5 days in the fridge. Every morning I add it to my glass of water and lemon juice.
Grow Your Own
Did you know that you can plant it and you can use it for many months? You take a piece of it, preferably with the eyes and soak it overnight. The following day you plant it in a pot, but it shouldn’t be deep so keep it quite close to the surface covered with soil. Let it grow and every time you need a piece you can cut it from there.