Introduction to Herbal Remedies

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Ginger

November 7th, 2018
Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) for Menstrual Cramps and much more.

I am ging to talk about ginger today mostly because it is one that I use the most. It is native in Asia mainly the South-east. But it has spread to many oyter countries like India, Australia, West Africa, Jamaica, the USA and most recently Canada. It requires a rich well drained soil and shade in a tropical climate.Ginger has been used for centuries by Asian cultures in their cooking and medicine. It is one of the ingredients in Indian Chai tea and curry and in western cultures it is used in baking, soda pop and travel sickness pills.

This is the second encounter with a problem solved using herbs that triggered my herbal journey. When I was in my 20's I had terrible menstral cramps sometimes so bad I could not walk and they would last for days. One day when I had company when the cramps started and my friend told she had the same problem and the cure was simple.

"Just take a little ground ginger with some sugar and about an once of warm water and down it like a shooter."  she said, so I did. Well, I was very sceptical so I waited. A short time about 15 minutes give or take a couple of minutes and my cramps disappeared and did not come back till the next month. After a few years I realized they had not come back.

And that is just one of the things ginger is good for. It is also good for colds and flu, because it helps strengthen the immune system, make a punch with lemon, cinnimon,cloves and coriander. Dried or fresh it can stimulate circulation, calm the digestive system strengthen the immune system and help stop mild nausia, taken as a tea.

Just a note here, ginger will not relieve morning sickness.

In my next post we dig deeper into the many ways ginger can help.

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