I am a big fan of ginger, although it may be an adapted taste if you didn’t grow up with it. Come to think of it, most things I eat on a daily basis now I couldn’t tolerate when I was a kid. Ginger was one of these, though the more often I had it, the more my love for it grew. As much as I do enjoy the flavor, the health benefits are not too shabby either.
1. Helps with nausea. Whether you’re on a boat, plane or pregnant, ginger helps to soothe the stomach and calm the mind.
2. Boosts immunity. Feeling like a cold is coming on? Ginger is soothing, warming and when paired with raw honey (has anti- microbial activity) can be a great remedy to shorten a cold, fight congestion, and feel better faster!
3. Improves digestion. Helps stimulate stomach juices to digest food properly and takes away the stress off your digestive organs.
4. Anti-inflammatory properties. Can bring relief to everything from a headache to muscle and joint pain, and even calm a bloated tummy. .
5. Reduces a sweet tooth. Craving sugar? Pickled ginger can help reduce your cravings for sugary treats.
6. Aphrodisiac. Ayurvedic medicine labels ginger as having aphrodisiac properties; even more reason to love it!
Want a simple new tasty way to get these benefits? Click here for my favorite ginger tea, or if your feeling adventurous, make your own! Below is a recipe graciously shared by a member of the Wise Roots Facebook community.
Recipe donated by Katie Glathar
Gingersnap tea mix-
3 parts roobios tea
2 parts whole cloves
2 parts fennel seed
1 part orange peel
Mix together. To make a cup of tea use 1Tbsp of tea mix and Fresh ginger to taste – half inch cut into chunks. Sweeten with honey (optional).
Option: Add raw milk, cream or coconut milk to thicken it up, add more flavor and have as a comforting snack.