Thursday, April 2, 2015

Health and Wellness- Ginger

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Ginger is a gnarly little root that packs a lot of powerful health benefits.  You can find fresh ginger in most grocery stores.  To use, peel the root (use a teaspoon for easy peeling) and slice or grate.  You can store unpeeled ginger in the refrigerator in an air-tight plastic bag and use it within two weeks.  To keep ginger for a longer period of time, store the peeled root in a jar of vodka kept in the refrigerator.  You can also freeze peeled ginger.  I recommend you first slice or grate the root, wrap in waxed paper or seal in an air-tight bag or other container.

Ginger is frequently used in cooking, but I like to make a decoction with it and sip it along with other beneficial herbs.  Ginger is warming and has a pleasant aroma.  It is a popular choice to help cure nausea, whether caused by motion, or pregnancy and helps with digestion.  However, ginger is generally not recommended for pregnant women, especially in large amounts.  Better to not use it if you are pregnant or, at the very least, talk to your doctor first.
Ginger has been used to ease menstrual and menopausal problems.  It is said to help reduce strokes and heart problems by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol.  Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties helps ease arthritis discomfort.  It may also help shrink tumors and, thanks to its help with nausea, is said to be beneficial to those going through chemotherapy or other medical treatments that might result in upset stomach.

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