Why We Love Ginger
So, I pretty much fell in love with ginger root when I was pregnant, experiencing all kinds of nausea and looking for any natural remedy that would help ease my pain. You see, ginger is a great digestive aid and works wonders with nausea. Whether you are pregnant or not, keeping some form of ginger handy will save you both time and money in the long run.
I normally enjoy my ginger in the tea form but recently have been making attempts to include it in pretty much any and everything since I found out how many health benefits this little gem holds. So, of course, I wanted to make sure that you guys were fully equipped with the truth about ginger.
I was checking out a study done in 2011 by the Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials that compared the effects of ginger on enhancing immune function versus that of the normal drugs used in hospitals and it is reported that ginger won every single time, in terms of healing abilities and antibacterial abilities. So, now what do I do? Carry ginger essential oil in my car because adding a few drops in your water can fight off infections and speed up the healing process after any impromptu hospital stays. Stay prepared so you don’t have to get prepared.
Note: I also keep it in my car because just smelling the oil or adding a few drops to a diffuser can help with the nausea we talked about earlier. Fun fact.
Consuming ginger can help you feel full, which will reduce the likelihood of you overeating. Before eating you can chew on a thin slice of ginger regularly. This helps to stimulate digestion and can improve your metabolism. I personally make a ginger water mix which consists of boiling hot water, steeping ginger slices for 5-10 minutes, and adding the juice of two lemons as a morning treat to start my day. I definitely do this before I do my morning shot of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), for obvious reasons. More on that coming soon.
Forms of Ginger
Raw Ginger: use pieces the size of a thumb( not any larger, this stuff is potent) and add it to your favorite smoothie recipe.
Ginger Essential Oil: This is known to be the most potent form and two or three drops goes a long way. I would definitely mix it with a carrier oil (Coconut oil, vitamin E, etc) if you are going to apply it to your skin directly but, I enjoy adding it to my diffuser.
Ginger Powder: I have not perfected the art of cooking with ginger. So far, I just add it to my stir fry and other asian cuisine but I know it would pair well with so much more!
Ginger Tea: I absolutely love the Yogi Tea brand of ginger tea. Mixing it with some raw honey and a little lemon juice is perfection.
How do you use ginger in your household? If you normally don’t did I convince you to give it a try?