What is Ginger?
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) is one of the most delicious herbs in existence! The rhizome (underground part of the stem) is what we eat, and ginger is closely related to turmeric, cardamom and galangal. It is packed with nutrients and phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that may have powerful benefits for the body and the brain.
What does Ginger do in the body?
The unique flavour and fragrance of ginger come from its natural oils, most importantly gingerol, which is the main bioactive compound that is responsible for most of ginger’s medicinal properties. Ginger may help with many forms of nausea, but it’s especially effective for morning sickness. It also has a long history of use as a sea sickness remedy. It may also help reduce feelings of sickness, dizziness and vomiting associated with using a vehicle or travelling by plane. Studies show that 1-1.5gm per day is the optimal dosage of ginger for the treatment of nausea. Although a relatively new area of study, it has been found that ginger may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels (BSL’s). It may lower fasting BSL’s and also provide antioxidant support. Both of these factors are important in protecting vascular health, which in turn helps to maintain a healthy heart. Ginger supports the body’s immune system and helps to maintain optimal immune balance in the respiratory tract. It aids the maintenance of healthy bronchioles and the respiratory tract, while helping to maintain optimal secretions in the respiratory tract. Ginger also assists the normal function of airways and helps natural breathing. Overall ginger may support the digestive system, contributing to the normal functioning of the digestive tract.
How can I take Ginger?
Ginger can be used fresh (in food or as an infusion), dried, crystallised, powdered, or as a juice, all taken internally. Or for external use as an essential oil or as part of a cream. As a supplement try ginger as in a capsule, tablet, herbal tincture (liquid) or as a tea.