Ginger – Zingiber offinale

Ginger is a wonderful medicinal herb that has been used throughout both Asia and India for centuries.  It was first brought to Europe in the first century when Rome started to trade with India. After that ginger became a popular medicine and was also adopted into western culinary recipes.

Aside from being an important medicine, ginger is a very popular food ingredient in India and Asia and incorporated into curries and stir fries. In European cooking, ginger has been used for savory dishes as well as sweet ones such as in biscuits and gingerbread. It is always great to have herbs that can be incorporated into cooking, giving us the “food as medicine” principle in action. Like many culinary spices, ginger is used as a flavour in cooking but also supports the digestive process of the food eaten.

Ginger is primarily used for digestive support, stimulating both digestive enzymes as well as motility of the gastrointestinal tract. It is also a very effective anti-emetic (anti-nausea) remedy and modern research has shown it can be useful for motion sickness, morning sickness as well as nausea induced by pharmaceuticals such as chemotherapy.

Ginger also possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions and as a warming and stimulating herb is can be useful in cases of poor circulation, joint pain as well as for chills and fevers.

Recipes and ways to use Ginger in daily life

  • Ginger Tea – simply grate or roughly chop a small piece of ginger and add to boiling water and let steep for 5-10 mins.
  • Ginger beer
  • Use ginger in cooking – both sweet and savory dishes –  eg. add to curries, stir fry, cakes, biscuits
  • Use as natural meat tenderiser in marinades
  • Ginger candies – can be used as nausea remedy
  • Pickled ginger
  • Ginger oxymel

 

Oxymel

An oxymel is a traditional herbal tonic using vinegar rather than alcohol as a way of capturing the medicinal essence of herbs. Apple cider vinegar has a range of health benefits and medicinal probiotics. Honey is added at the end to both preserve and add additional healing benefits. An oxymel is an excellent way of using ginger as a medicine. It can be used in water as a digestive tonic with meals as well as added to stirfries and marinades.

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