If you've ever wanted to learn how to use ginger therapeutically you're in luck. That's because this post will reveal to you the benefits of ginger root, plus a variety of tips for using it. And, you'll even get some juice and tea recipes!
What is Ginger?
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a rhizome that comes from the same family as turmeric and cardamom.
It has a thick stem that grows underground and sprouts roots and shoots. Ginger plants can grow as high as three feet. After harvesting the ginger, it's washed and dried in the sun. Once dried, you can use it for cooking or therapeutic purposes.
Ginger has a volatile oil, gingerol that is responsible for ginger's pungent taste.
The Health Benefits of Ginger Root
1. Digestive Health
If you can't digest the food you eat, you cannot extract the nutrients from it. Ayurveda considers good digestion key to health… And ginger is best known for its effects on the digestive system.
Ayurveda's main focus is to establish a healthy digestive fire… And ginger kindles the digestive fire, Agni. It's pungent and warming which helps to stimulate the release of enzymes to break down food and empty the stomach.
3. Respiratory Health
4. Cardiovascular Health
5. Treats Inflammation
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Ways to Use Ginger
1. Eating It Raw
2. Drinking It Raw
3. Using It Dry
Ginger Juice and Tea Recipes
Lemon Ginger Apple Juice
6 x 1-inch Slices of Lemon (wax-free)
1 and a half Inches of Fresh Ginger
Ginger Beet Juice
2 medium oranges, peeled and cut into sections
6 kale leaves
2 medium pears or apples, cut into sections
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 large beets, peeled and cut into wedges
2 1-inch pieces of peeled fresh ginger
1 cup hot water
4 1/8-inch slices fresh ginger
1 small piece of fresh mint
1 strip of lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon of honey
- 2 Cups water
- 2 Cups Milk (cow or nut)
- 1 TBS Black tea leaves
- 2 TBS ginger
- 1 tsp Green Cardamom seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 whole cloves
- 4 Black peppercorns
Remove the mixture from the heat as soon as bubbles start to rise
Stir in the tea leaves, sweetener, spices
Cover and allow to steep for a few minutes.
Strain and serve.
*Don’t let the tea leaves boil in the water/milk mixture too long. Other wise the tea becomes much more difficult to digest because the tannins are released from the tea.
How to Work With Fresh Ginger Root
Once cut into the thinnest slices, it will then be possible to cut them into very small cubes. The thinner the nickel slices, the smaller the mince.
A garlic press is also great for mincing ginger!
Tips for Storing Fresh Ginger
Soak It in Alcohol
You've just learned the many health benefits of ginger root. And that means that you can now use it to improve digestion, elimination, circulation and to prevent inflammation… Because as they say in India…