Ginger is one of my favourite all time prescriptions at Gut Therapy, a medicine chest in a humble rhizhome. Proprietary medicinal blends formulated by Biohawk: Medicinal Ginger are my choice recommendation for both digestive and inflammatory conditions. I love growing ginger, beautiful and graceful in the garden and saves you a bunch on the till:)
Ginger is rich in two groups of compounds known as the shaogals and gingerols. These compounds are powerful antioxidants, thus helping to prevent cells from premature destruction due to exposure to environmental toxins and by-products of metabolism. Even more, these compounds are potent anti-inflammatory agents, and are proven to relieve inflammation throughout the body. Given that oxidation and inflammation are part and parcel of all chronic degenerative diseases, ginger can play a key role in disease risk reduction.
Centuries of folk use support ginger’s use as a digestive, helps to prevent seasickness, relieve dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, vomiting and diarrhea. Preparations of the root have been used to stimulate appetite, and to relieve migraine headache and rheumatic and muscular disorders. Its pungent flavor and aroma soothe a sore throat and help to relieve sinus congestion, especially when the root is pounded fresh and drunk as a tea. But the cold-fighting properties of ginger are more than aromatic. The root contains at least a dozen virus fighters, including certain sesquiterpenes which fight rhinoviruses, the most common family of cold viruses.
Some Uses of Ginger
Ginger Tea for Digestion, Nausea, Circulation and Decreasing Inflammation
To make Ginger tea, pound or finely grate a piece of ginger root the size of an adult thumb, and place it in a tea infuser in a cup. Pour a cup of freshly boiled water, let steep for five minutes, strain and drink. Add raw honey if you like. (garlic and chilli can be added for extra antibacterial effects)
Grated Ginger in Broths
Dont forget to add a good knob of grated ginger into your homemade chicken or bone broths to add that extra medicinal punch to your Gutlove.
At the moment I am making a homemade Ginger Ferment- because homebrews are defiantly becoming a competative past time here at the Gut Therapy Headquarters! I am trialling the recipe over at North South Food. If anyone else wants to try a ginger brew with me, id love to see your results!! could be fun! Lets post our pics on the Gut Therapy FB site Gut Therapy
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