Ginger is most commonly known in the western world for its nausea calming effect, but its benefits are many. Like many spices and herbs, ginger can be used as a seasoning or for several health benefits depending on dosage and method.
How: Ginger is hot water or alcohol soluble.
How much: Ginger is a food supplement and seasoning and can be used liberally and rather much according to taste.
Try one of the following home remedies with ginger against common everyday complaints. You will be impressed at how well they work!
Tea: Basic Recipe for Ginger Tea
Peel a piece of ginger root, and cut 6-8 thin slices from it. Pour over a cup of boiling water and allow the infusion to steep for at least 10 minutes. Drink shortly before meals or during to stimulate digestion or whenever you feel chilly and need to warm up quickly! Sweeten with a little honey. Lemon goes well with this.
Hot Drink: Warming Ginger Milk
Simmer one teaspoon freshly grated ginger root in a cup of milk or other favourite non-dairy milk such as oat or almond for 5 minutes, covered. Remove from heat. Allow to steep at least five minutes or longer and strain into a warmed mug. Sweeten with a little honey. Drink a cup of it several times a day when you feel a cold coming on.
Ginger should not be used if you have a bleeding disorder or take blood-thinning medications (aspirin, warfarin etc.) or beta-blockers as ginger in high does may enhance their effects. Medicinal doses of ginger should not be taken with such drugs. It is either one or the other. Acts as a blood thinner, so curb use two weeks before surgery if you take it regularly and in high doses. Consult with your health practitioner or medical herbalist.
Capsules: Take 1 to 2 g powdered ginger daily for inflammatory conditions (in capsule or loose). For motion sickness or nausea eat a few pieces of candied ginger or take 1 g (1000mg) capsule before a trip and 500mg every 4 hours as required. Please refer to abstracts on platelet aggregation referenced below this article. A search on NCBI for ginger and platelet aggregation will bring up at least 26 abstracts on the subject, some with disease specific dose suggestions of up to 5g and in one abstract of only 1 g. with Nifidipine (a calcium channel clocker) synergistic effect.. This is promising news for those on cardio- cerebrovascular and hypertension medications. (NCBI is a .gov site that provides access to biomedical information.)
Ginger has been used safely for thousands of years in cooking, and medicinally in folk and home remedies. Advanced technology enables the validation of these traditional experiences.
Food: Ginger is often used in Indian and Asian cooking and in Western cultures, in baking. Use the powdered as a pepper replacement for zing and an interesting but subtle flavour shift. Fresh grated ginger is best stirred into the cooking liquid. Add it to your favourite salad vinaigrette or dressing.
Analgesic Ginger Tincture
- Chop a whole, peeled ginger root into small pieces and place in a jar with a secure lid.
- Pour over rather neutral alcohol such as vodka or Schnaps until the ginger is completely covered (use highest proof possible).
- Let it rest in a warm, dark place for two weeks to infuse, shaking the jar every two days.
- After two weeks, filter into a dark bottle, label and date. It will keep several years.
Dose/Use of Tincture:
- Mix 2 to 3 drops of the tincture with a neutral massage oil and rub painful muscles and joints with it.
- Adult dose of ginger root herbal tincture is 3 ml added to warm water as needed. Use for nausea due to pregnancy, chemo or other such as motion sickness. Half the dose for children over the age of 6. Helpful also for digestion, arthritic pain (anti-inflammatory, analgesic) IBS, cold relief, fibromyalgia
- Please have a look at this site Naturally Healthy for more pediatric dose advice also for teas and powder form.
Excerpt from Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition: Ginger also appears to reduce cholesterol and improve lipid metabolism, thereby helping to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In summary, ginger has been reported to possess diverse pharmacological properties, although its specific biological targets are largely unknown and remain to be determined. However, in spite of the lack of specific mechanistic information, use of ginger appears to be safe and its effects are mighty and amazing in its many applications.
Small selection of references:
- Verma SK, Singh J, Khamesra R, Bordia A. Effect of ginger on platelet aggregation in man. Oct. 1993 Department of Medicine & Indigenous Drug Research Centre, RNT Medical College, Udaipur.
- Nicoll R, Henein MY. Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe): a hot remedy for cardiovascular disease? Int J Cardiol. 2009 Jan 24;131(3):408-9. Epub 2007 Nov 26
- Amal S Abdel-Azeem, Amany M Hegazy, Khadiga S Ibrahim, Abdel-Razik H. Farrag, & Eman M. El-Sayed. “Hepatoprotective, Antioxidant, and Ameliorative Effects of Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) and Vitamin E in Acetaminophen Treated Rats. Journal of Dietary Supplements. September 2013, Vol. 10, No. 3 , Pages 195-209
- Akhani SP, Vishwakarma SL, Goyal RK. Anti-diabetic activity of Zingiber officinale in streptozotocin-induced type I diabetic rats. J Pharm Pharmacol 2004;56:101-5.
- Altman RD, Marcussen KC. Effects of ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2001;44:2531-38.
- Bone ME, Wilkinson DJ, Young JR, et al. Ginger root-a new antiemetic. The effect of ginger root on postoperative nausea and vomiting after major gynaecological surgery. Anaesthesia 1990;45:669-71.
- Grontved A, Brask T, Kambskard J, Hentzer E. Ginger root against seasickness: a controlled trial on the open sea. Acta Otolaryngol 1998;105:45-9.
- Grontved A, Hentzer E. Vertigo-reducing effect of ginger root. A controlled clinical study. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 1986;48:282-6.
- Haghighi M, Khalva A, Toliat T, Jallaei S. Comparing the effects of ginger (Zingiber officinale) extract and ibuprofen on patients with osteoarthritis. Arch Iran Med 2005;8:267-71.