If you like Asian cuisine, you’re familiar with ginger as an ingredient. And most people know that ginger ale will help settle an upset stomach, but did you also know that ginger can help ease menstrual cramps and provide migraine relief?
If you do any kind of Google search on the benefits of ginger, you’ll find it can be used for a variety of ailments:
- Nausea – from motion sickness, pregnancy or chemotherapy
- Menstrual cramps
- Inflammation of joints from arthritis
- Relieving gas
- Cold and flu
- Sore throat
There have even been studies on how ginger affects cancer. One study suggests that ginger actually causes ovarian cancer cells to die off. With history of ovarian cancer in my family, I’m hoping this one is true.
So, it seems ginger is good for darn near everything. But, how should you take it?
You could take a ginger supplement, but the easiest (and most fun) way is to use raw ginger root in recipes. Simply slice or grate into stir fries, add to a salad or dressings, sauté with fresh vegetables (think broccoli!), use as in a glaze for fish, or even bake into cookies or muffins. You can even add it to fresh juice for a nice spicy kick & warming quality. Even nibbling on the candied ginger can help ward off nausea.
But one of the simplest ways to enjoy ginger is in tea – add 4-6 slices of raw ginger to cup and cover with boiling water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Add honey and lemon (or lime) if desired.
Ginger tea not only help digestion, it just tastes good! Try it the next time you feel a cold or sore throat coming on.
What are your favorite ways to use ginger?