As the summertime comes to a close and autumn pokes her head out of the clouds, cold season also peaks its nose around the corner. In this time of sweaters, scarves, boots, and all that is pumpkin spice we mustn’t forget the impact this time of year can have on our health. The common cold has a way of plaguing many people. But this year we’ll be ready.
A common herb used in cooking and in health is ginger. It is a beautiful tuberous root with an aromatic scent when cut, boiled, or cooked. Its flavor is strong yet subtle and compliments many dishes. This plant when in bloom has a beautiful flower that when viewed you may never know that it is the ginger plant as we know it.
Ginger is an herb full of medicinal properties. For cold season ginger can be used for its antioxidant and antibacterial effect. These qualities will aid in the elimination of the “bugs” causing many colds. Ginger also acts as an anti-inflammatory herb. This will reduce the symptoms induced by inflammatory factors that cause sore throats and coughs. Ginger can be used as a tea with lemon and honey or as a lozenge to soothe your throat and relieve congestion.
Other uses for ginger include any type of inflammatory condition such as arthritis, menstrual cramps, headaches, etc. In the instance of headaches ginger should be used as a tea to soothe the discomfort. Ginger has activity against important processes in the body that cause inflammation and thus pain. When consumed ginger is allowed to neutralize these type of conditions. Another method of benefiting from gingers healing nature include topical application through the use of carrier oil like olive or coconut oils. Applying this oil to aching joints or a cramping abdomen will help relieve pain. The great thing about it is it can all be done from the comfort of your own home!
Individuals who suffer from GERD, acid reflux, gastritis, or duodenal ulcers should consult a doctor before using ginger. Ginger stimulates digestion adding in proper breakdown of food, but in these individuals it can worsen their symptoms.
The next time you feel a cold coming on or just want to a bit of spice to your life slice a piece of ginger and enjoy yourself. #eatwellbehealthy #getyousome