Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ginger Healing Properties

I didn't know that ginger had so many healing properties associated with it. I mostly like the smell of it, but when I find some california sushi rolls a little pickled ginger on the side is a yummy treat. Since baking the muffins yesterday I wondered why anyone would really want to use it. I discovered that when I was eating ginger I benefited in the following ways:
- stimulating my digestive juices which helps reduce flatulence or nausea related to motion sickness
- reducing symptoms of allergies due to it's natural anti-histamines and decongestant preperties (maybe this is why my nose always gets runny when I am eating at my favorite mongolian grill - I use ginger!)
- allieviating muscle soreness and pain due to swelling because of it's anti-inflammatory properties (can also be massage on skin in oil form). Nice to know for a beginning exerciser who feels the muscles working.

Picture of candied ginger slices:
A couple of these a day may help keep the bad effects of beans away, maybe... if not they are a sweet treat for the end of a meal. Although it has many good properties, moderation is key because it may interfere with blood clotting ability or cause heartburn if taken in excess quantities.


A great resource for the info about the benefits of GINGER (link)
from Whole Health MD

6 comments:

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

I took ginger in capsules to stave off nausea during both my pregnancies--it worked great. Did you know it's easy to make your own pickled ginger? It's really easy and healthier than the stuff at restaurants which often have artificial colors and sweeteners. This recipe is similar to the one I make: http://www.rain.org/~hutch/ginger.html. Here's a very different one that sounds interesting: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_6,00.html

Dori said...

Thanks for the pickled ginger links. I'm looking forward to trying my own.

Spice Island Vegan said...

Dori,

When I was young I drink ginger tea when I got cold or flu. The ginger was smashed and roasted first on hot coals, then, boil in water. Don't know the purpose of the roasting. A little big of sugar is added for flavor. Then, we drink the tea for a remedy.

BTW, what I have is wheat germs (toasted) at home. I went out to get the wheat bran for the muffins.

Debbie

Michelle said...

Thanks for the information, Dori. I mentioned to hubby the other day that I want to make Sushi and his reply was, "better have the pickled ginger." lol

Amy, thanks for the link for the recipe. I am going to have a look at it. Would be nice to make my own. :)

Dori said...

I esp liked the pickled ginger recipe from the food network, I had to search for it though... it had been moved from the link amy posted. Darn, I should have copied the link to paste here. I also found some coconut mango salsa recipe with a rice pilaf..... I'm going to be having this tonight. I'll post my resuts of course!

Rita said...

I am so pleased to find your blog. Seems we are sister bloggers and our blogs are somewhat similar. Enjoyed your post on Ginger! Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.