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I have grown root ginger many times at home in Italy where the climate is more hot than in England, it can be grown in this country but it is alot harder to do because ginger is from very hot countries originally and even in the summer it does not get very hot for long enough to grow large ginger root plants. Ginger does not need very much light to grow so you can grow it in the house if you have got a room that you can make warmer like an airing cupboard.
To grow ginger you buy some pieces of root ginger from the store and plant that in a pot of rich soil, you have to use a pot that has got very good drainage at the bottom because you do not want for your growing ginger plants to sit in soil that is very wet. You should water the ginger only lightly to start with and then when the plant starts to grow adjust the amount of water you give it, that is why it is important for the pot to be good at draining because it is very hard to know how much water to give it.
It takes about one year for a ginger plant to be mature enough for using the root ginger and the plant will become very tall in that time, in Italy I was very good at knowing when to use new pieces of ginger to make new plants so that we always had ginger that had been grown at home but it is a lot harder to do that in England and it makes me sad that most of my ginger has to be bought from the store now because the flavour is not as good as when you grow it for yourself.
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Root ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-nausea properties. It is a traditional remedy for muscle tension, coughs, stomach cramps, headaches, nausea, indigestion and colic. Known as a spice, it is available dried in powder form or as capsules, as a tea, crystallised and fresh.
My husband loves the warming flavour of ginger in sweet food so gingerbread is a favourite in our house along with home-made ginger jam. A few years ago I started taking ginger supplements after reading about its natural powerful anti-inflammatory action. Both myself and my husband are occasionally troubled with back muscle tension and pain. We both lead very active lives so really don't like not being able to move about freely when muscles are tight and restrictive but neither of us are very keen on dosing ourselves up with anti-inflammatory medication. I was a little sceptical as to whether ginger supplements would actually work but thought as they are totally natural it would be worth trying out.
At first I took the ginger supplements each day during a spell of back pain and felt there was an improvement in terms of less muscle stiffness and severity of pain. Usually after a day of working out in the garden, however careful I may be regards bending and lifting, my back will ache by the evening and at times become quite painful. As it seemed the ginger did ease muscle inflammation, I decided to take ginger supplements on the days I would be working in the garden as a kind of preventative measure and I honestly feel it has contributed towards less muscle ache and tension.
My husband now also takes ginger supplements although he is usually very reluctant to take any kind of medication and especially anything in tablet form. He hasn't spoken about the benefits of taking ginger but nevertheless will go to the cupboard for a ginger supplement at the times when his back muscles are sore and tense.
Another area where the ginger has become useful is when travelling. When not driving and travelling in the car as a passenger I often tend to feel slightly nauseous. As a young child I used to suffer terribly with car sickness. So I take an extra ginger supplement one hour before a long journey to help ward off travel sickness and have felt quite surprised and delighted by the results. The ginger certainly helps to keep those waves of nausea at bay.
Ginger may not be as effective for everyone but if you like to stick to natural remedies as far as possible it is certainly worth trying. I take a 1000 mg ginger supplement each day during times of back pain and also when I could be at risk of back trouble. I wouldn't say root ginger cures back pain, it eases it and I believe, for myself, reduces the risk of inflammation occurring. For travel sickness I have found it works wonders and highly recommend.
The advised maximum daily dose is 2000 mg and it is best apparently to take ginger capsules with food. Ginger in supplement form is not to be given to children under 2 years old and there is a warning that ginger may slow blood clotting so caution is needed if already taking medications that slow clotting.
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Ginger comes from the stem or the root of a plant called Zingiber Officinale. It is a herbal remedy which has been used in medicines in Chinese, Asian, Indian, and Arabic cultures for thousands of years.
One of the most popular uses for Ginger is to aleviate the symptoms of sickness. This sickness can be any type of sickness be it from travel sickness to morning sickness. I suffered from awful morning sickness when I was pregnant with my daughter so much so that I would eat something and would see it again 5 minutes later. I was told to give ginger a try. Ginger was not something I particular wanted to try when I was pregnant even though I didn't mind it, the thought made me feel sick but I wanted something to help me so I decided it was worth a try.
I purchased a pack of crystalised Root Ginger. The pack told me that the ginger would help ease the discomfort of sickness including morning sickness as well as helping to to boost the immune system supporting the bodies natural defences to fight off colds.
The crytalised ginger I purchased was from Holland & Barratt and it stated it was fine for pregnant women to use but I do understand that there are some types of ginger which are not suitable for pregnant women so it is always best to check that the one you are purchasing (if for morning sickness reasons) is suitable for during pregnancy.
Crystalised ginger is basically ginger root which has been dried and then coated with sugar.
The crystalised gingers comes in little chunks which would simply just chew until it is all gone. It is brown in colour and usually a little sugar coated. Taste wise it is a spicy sweet taste. You can definately taste the ginger but the little sugar it has on it gives it that sweet kick which actually makes it taste quite nice. Ginger is a warming food and it makes you feel warm whilst your a chewing on it.
I found the ginger quite pleasant in terms of chewing and the taste. It wasn't rock hard as I expected it to be in fact the ginger was fairly soft. I found after 5 or 10 minutes that the nausea I was feeling when I tried my first bit of crystalised ginger went away completely. I was absolutely amazed and always kept some in my bag and in the medicine cabinet. Each time I felt a bout of morning sickness coming on I would chew slowly on a piece of crystalised ginger and it would ease it and then the feeling would disappear completely. It always got rid of that horrible feeling you get in your throat when you feel sick.
Ginger can be used for other types of sickness too and it also comes in other forms such as tea or tablets.
A highly recommened natural form of medicine to help soothe sickness.
I use ginger a lot in its different forms, and the warm, spicy taste and versatility of the plant makes it a joy to use in many different situations. Not only is it easy to use and pleasant to taste, but being so widely available and inexpensive makes it a great option in many respects.
In cooking I prefer to use fresh ginger to ground, as it can really liven up a dish and contrasts very well with other ingredients. I grate fresh ginger into curries to given them a sweet, woody taste that works superbly against fresh spices, herbs and yoghurt. I also use it in desserts, and it works especially well when added to rhubarb and almond crumble. But as well as being tasty, fresh ginger is also revered for its medicinal properties and has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to alleviate a number of ailments.
I first learned about the benefits of ginger in relation to digestive complaints several years ago. Occasionally I get cramps or an upset tummy, and previously did little to alleviate my symptoms other than take some pain killing medicine or lie down until the feeling subsided. I then discovered that ginger is supposed to be particularly useful when it comes to helping an upset stomach, and I was surprised to learn this. I thought that a good way of trying this out would be to sip on a ginger tea the next time I felt poorly, and I went to purchase some Twining's Ginger and Lemon tea for just such an occasion. I drink a lot of herbals teas, and had tried this combination before. The blend of zesty ginger and sour lemon make a very refreshing drink, and when I next suffered with stomach cramps I began sipping on the tea. I simply poured boiling water onto one of the teabags, let it infuse for 3 - 4 minutes and removed the teabag. I prefer not to add sweetners to hot drinks unless it is absolutely necessary, and find that is not with this recipe. While the tea was delicious however, I did not notice any impact on my suffering, and even after another cup I did not notice the ginger working as I had been told it might. The problem with the ready-prepared tea bags however, is that the ginger is dried and only a small quantity is present in each sachet. This does not make ample use of the plant, and I felt it was hardly surprising that my symptoms remained the same.
I decided after that to make the tea from scratch. All I needed to do was add a slice of fresh ginger to a clean cup, then add boiling water in the same way I did with the tea bag. This time however, I left the ginger in the cup rather than removing it prior to drinking. The smell of the drink was much fiercer, and the taste more invigorating. More importantly however, I have had some success with this recipe. I will not say that the ginger concoction cures me completely when I have a sore tummy, not that it is successful every time. However, it has made me feel a little better, and I also believe preparing the drink from scratch is a healthier alternative to purchasing the tea bags. I occasionally add fresh mint to the drink for an even fresher tasting beverage, and I do not believe the herb detracts from the medicinal properties of the ginger.
Root ginger is very easy to get hold of; it is available from most supermarkets, and you can select the size of the root that you want. Usually a portion of root approximately the size of a ping pong ball will cost no more than 50p, and will last for a good while. Preparing the ginger is simple too, as all you need do is remove the skin and either grate or chop it as you wish. Ginger is one of the most delicious and versatile spices around, and in terms of aiding an upset stomach it is a lot more successful than some other herbal treatments I have tried.
Root ginger is now a staple in my life, I use it in baking, soups, hot chocolate; anything really. I have always loved the flavour of ginger but never knew just how good it was for you until a friend of mine had really bad morning sickness. A chemist recommended taking ginger and she was really surprised with how effective it was.
I had a really bad hang over a month or two later and remembered what my friend had said so bought a can of extra strong ginger beer from Holland and Barrett's and I was amazed how much better I felt. I stopped feeling queasy almost immediately. I think because I had it in liquid form it worked much quicker as my body was able to absorb it so fast.
Root ginger is available in capsule form for £6.99 for 100 capsules from Holland and Barrett at the moment but personally I find it much more effective and enjoyable to take in food.
I've since done a lot more research into ginger and found out about many of the medicinal properties it has, such as preventing morning sickness and nausea in general, relieving constipation, diarrhoea, colic, cold and flu symptoms etc... There are so many uses and there is a lot of research showing it may even help prevent heart disease.
My main two uses are:
*To prevent nausea from travel sickness to a hangover. When I drink ginger beer or eat ginger bread.
*Help relieve congestion and flu symptoms as I get really bad sinus infections. I usually take it in the form of a tea with chopped fresh root ginger and a dash of lemon juice and honey. This works well as a decongestant for me. Also I make homemade chicken soup and put loads of fresh root ginger in that too, it gives it a really spicy flavour.
But there are so many other ways it can help and the fact i love the taste and smell makes it all the more of a super spice to me.
If your taking any other medicines it is best to consult your doctor before taking ginger capsules just in case they react with each other but in general ginger root is a safe substance to take. It is much less likely to give you side effects if you take in its natural state as a spice in food.
About a year and a half ago I use to struggle with very bad nausea all the time, it was especially awful in the mornings. The anti-sickness tablets and medicine I was being prescribed from the doctors never stayed down and I was loosing weight and appetite incredibly fast & had to keep going to have check-ups weekly.
I was really worried for my health as were my family, my mum particularly! She kept trying different foods to see if anything would stay down but the only thing I could manage was drinks so she tried to give me flavoured teas that I couldn't stand the taste of & if I drunk regular tea with milk my stomach just couldn't take it.
Two weeks later a family friend who's a doctor advised me to start drinking ginger tea instead saying it would help relieve my sickness and bring back my appetite. A few cups of it throughout the day made me start to feel like I could actually handle some food and my appetite did come back very slowly. Eventhough the meals I could eat were very small it was still a huge improvement than before where I was having hardly anything. Each morning I'd sip a cup of ginger tea and a few hours later it had calmed my stomach making it less sensitive so I was able to eat.
It was great to finally eat a reasonably sized meal the following week and if I hadn't taken the advice I would have been in hospital soon after as that was the next step so this was for me amazing after not being able to take the other medicines and it offered the greatest relief for my nausea.
If you suffer from travel or motion sickness I advise anyone if you aren't allergic to try ginger as a form of relief you will not be disappointed! 100% recommend this amazing little herb!
Ginger is an herb which is rich in medicinal value. It has irregular, underground, branched stems, which are juicy, yellowish, with threads inside, unevenly thick and tough. It has a characteristic fragrance when shredded or cut. It can be used in fresh or dried form. It is available in super markets and other food shops. I use ginger paste while preparing curries and occasionally grated ginger while preparing tea.
Ginger is known for its medicinal properties from ages and has being in use as a medicine in India, China and Far East since long. It is routinely used in Indian recipes as a spice where it serves both flavouring as well as medicinal purposes. Now a day's various ginger recipes are available such as gingerbreads, biscuits, soups and pickles.
Ginger has major role in treatment of indigestion, loss of appetite, distension of abdomen, nausea, vomiting etc.
A small piece of fresh ginger with salt/rock salt sprinkled on it, if eaten prior to meal helps in digestion and absorption of food.
Shredded fresh ginger mixed with lemon juice and honey is a famous combination used in digestive tract problems especially in nausea and vomiting.
In my household we often prepare herbal tea using shredded ginger in it, especially when we suffer from cold or sometimes just to enjoy the spicy tea. Herbal tea prepared out of fresh/dried ginger gives an advance guard from respiratory troubles in cold seasons. Drinking ginger herbal tea is sometimes recommended for relief of cold symptoms because it is said to loosen phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling throughout the body. In influenza and other viral fevers, decoction or herbal tea induces sweating and reduces fever.
This decoction or herbal tea works excellent in catarrhal infections like allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, acute and chronic bronchitis where accumulated secretions are the irritating factor.
Ginger is a proven remedy in menstrual disorders also. A decoction of ginger is to be taken regularly for 6 to 12 consecutive cycles helps in correcting problems like irregular menstruation, painful menstruation, and suppression of menses.
Ginger is known for its pain killing properties also. It is used in all types of pain, internally or externally. In headache, backache or any kind of muscular catch ginger can be applied externally where it works as a counterirritant and helps in relieving pain.
To relieve headaches and migraines, a little ginger can be mixed with flour and water to form a paste. Massage this paste onto the temples. This paste can be applied anywhere there is pain to provide gentle relief. It is useful as a milder and quicker alternative to a poultice.
In toothache it is pressed against painful tooth, gum and the juice helps in relieving pain and swelling.
Powdered ginger placed into socks can warm the feet, and is particularly useful for winter activities such as skiing and ice-skating. The method suggested is to start with a mild dose of half teaspoon in each sock, and increase, if necessary, until the feet are comfortably warm. It is important to move the feet by walking as soon as the ginger in put into the sock to kick-start the circulation.
There are some CAUTIONS associated with it:
Excessive use of ginger (daily for 3-4 weeks) can result in over stimulation of the body.
Allergic reactions to ginger generally result in a rash, and although generally recognized as safe, ginger can cause heartburn, bloating, gas, belching and nausea, particularly if taken in powdered form.
Un-chewed fresh ginger may result in intestinal blockage, and individuals who have had ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines may react badly to large quantities of fresh ginger.
There does not seem to have been contraindications noted with the use of ginger by pregnant women. They should, however, exercise caution by taking lower dosages of it. Long-term use while pregnant is generally also not advised.
Ginger can also adversely affect individuals with gallstones. There are also suggestions that ginger may affect blood pressure, clotting, and heart rhythms.
People taking blood thinners, barbiturates, beta-blockers, insulin or diabetes medications should consult a physician before use since ginger may conflict with these medications. Ginger may also interfere with the absorption of dietary iron and fat-soluble vitamins, and cause stomach upset in higher doses.
Ginger is certainly a nature's gift to mankind and when used in right doses can unsurprisingly relieve our day today health problems.
Root ginger can be bougfht easily now at almost all supermarkets. It is a brown knobbly root that looks quite ugly but is very versatile.
It is quite hard and needs to be peeled to reveal the fibreous inside root. This can then be grated or chopped for cooking and is great added to curries or chinese dishes. Only use a small amount though to start with as it is very strong.
The sliced root can also be used in hot water to make a drink which is very nice if you also add honey. It can be drunk hot or cold and is very good for indigestion or nausia (especially morning sickness). This can be a nice natural alternative to indigestion medicines.
If you buy a root at the supermarket it is possible to plant it yourself so that you can have a never ending supply from just one purchase. Put it in a put and as the plant grows dig it up and cut off part of the root for use every now and then with the rest remaining planted to contine to grow.
Ginger is an excellent treatment for nausea and can also aleviate hayfever symtoms in some people.
Ginger is the stem, or underground root of the plant Zingiber officinale. It has been used in medicine in Chinese, Asian, Indian, and Arabic systems for thousands of years.This plant is native to Asia where it has been used in cooking for at least 4,400 years, ginger grows in fertile,tropical soil and likes plenty of moisture.
Several medical trials and tests have been carried out in US an UK, in an attempt to prove the benefits of ginger for all kinds of nausea,including post operative, post chemotherapy, motion sickness and morning sickness during pregnancy.
Results have been inconclusive but many people swear by the efficacy of this remedy.
There are many ways of using ginger but the most pleasant is simply chewing crystallized ginger. This is pleasant and soon calms the stomach and is particularly good for children who may suffer from travel sickness.
Ground ginger, or small pieces of root can be put in the bottom of a cup with a standard teabag and made into an effective drink by adding boiling water. This should be sipped slowly until the nauseous feeling subsides.
This root is not suitable for everyone and professional medical advice should be taken by anyone who is taking heart, diabetes, or blood thinning medications.
Pregnant women should avoid taking ginger in any form because it may cause contractions of the uterus. Caution is advised here and medical advice should be sought before trying it.
Ginger is my favourite spice of all I especially love using fresh root ginger. I use it in alot of my cooking, to make drinks with and instead of medicine.
It has been grown for thousands of years mainly in hotter climates but it will grow in the U.K in pots if kept in the sun (but not direct sunlight). Although it is called a root it is actually a tuber with roots of its own. Ginger can harvest almost all year round. The longer it is kept underground the hotter and spicer it becomes.
When choosing root ginger to buy pick one with smooth brown skin as this will indicate the freshness of it.
Ginger helps as a stress relief and mood enhancer and is also known to be an aphrodisiac! so use it in your cooking to get your partner in the mood!
Ginger is well known to aid nausea, travel sickness and upset stomachs. When in feeling sick I either chew on a piece of peeled root ginger or make a ginger drink by bruising the root ginger lightly with a rolling pin (releasing flavour and goodness) you don't need to peel it, then adding it to some hot water and lemon juice, you can also add honey. This is also good for colds, flu and sore throats.
Crystallised ginger is also good for upset stomachs and vitality. It always seems to perk me up!
Giner has anti inflammatory properties and can help lessen the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ginger can help with athelets foot just bruise the root ginger and add it to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet in it. Do this several times a week until the athletes foot goes, it really does work.
You can also buy ground ginger for cooking (costing between 49p- £1.29) available in supermarkets and ginger health supplements available in supermarkets, health shops and chemists (£1.99+). Root ginger can be brought in supermarkets and fruit shops and is priced according to the weight.
Ginger tea is very refreshing and helps reduce excessive sweating.
I think ginger is wonderful and would'nt be without it. It's the one product I do swear by.
This plant has been used for centuries and it is the root which has the healing properties. The root can be shredded once dried and made into a tea, it can be used in baking, in cough mixture and as a flavour to some meals.
It is so versatile that its one of my favourite things to buy for the kitchen I use this all the time and its very cheap to buy from around 50p to £1.00 a root depending on where you buy it from, it is a little more expensive from the health shops but cheaper in the supermarkets.
It is a native of Asia but is cultivated in the West Indies, Jamaica and Africa.
The root contains volatile oil, two resins, gum, starch, acetic acid and asmazone, which have great healing properties for the herbal cures.
Ginger can be used as a stimulant and an expectorant, it gets rid of flatulence and diarrhoea. The ginger tea can be drank to ease temperature when menstruation begins, the teas can be bought from the health shop if your not sure how to make it from the root. These cost around £2.00 for a packet of 40 ginger tea bags.
Ginger wine and ginger beer can also be bought from the supermarkets at various prices, but making your own is better.
Ginger has a very distinctive taste, it is a spicy peppery kind of taste and this is great for adding to cakes or wine, not only does it taste good but its good for the digestion too.
If you have ever tried fasting which is good for you once a year, then ginger can help too, a hot ginger root compressed over the kidneys while your on your three day fast helps to flush out more toxins from your kidneys.
For fevers in children, it is safe to give them hot water with honey and lemon and a pinch of ginger, this can help to bring the temperature down but if symptoms persist it is always best to call the doctor, especially where children are concerned.
For help getting rid of dandruff mix equal parts of dried ginger, rosemary, nettles, birch and sage into cider vinegar leave this for two weeks in the vinegar and strain off the liquid.
You can then rub the liquid into your hair after shampooing. Make sure you massage the scalp before rinsing.
I have just got over a bad case of the flu and herbal and prescription medicine was necessary having a runny nose was all part of the flu, which left me having to take antibiotics for a chest and ear infection, but to clear up the runny nose I used a herbal remedy with ginger.
2 parts anise seed
1 part black pepper
1 part ginger
Stir all the powders into a little honey and take half a teaspoon three times a day before meals. It tastes strong but helps you to sweat out the flu and gets rid of the runny nose which is most the most annoying thing from the flu.
I wouldnt be without ginger in my kitchen as you never know when your going to need it, for herbal remedies or for cooking its the best and it has so many used Id be here all day if I started to list them.
Although most of us were brought up to believe that ginger came from Jamaica i.e. McVities Ginger cake! It is actually native to India and China and for many people, their only experiences of ginger has been in a culinary sense. However, ginger is not just available in powder or root form as a cooking ingredient, but also as capsules and essential oil, which is classified as a base oil, and is made by distilling the roots of the plant. Ginger has many medicinal uses, for example, ginger essential oil is great for the digestive system, including upset stomach, nervous dyspepsia and travel sickness; apparently, it is also reputed to be an effective aphrodisiac, especially in the older generation! To treat sickness and nausea, add a few drops of ginger essential oil to a clean tissue and inhale the vapours. In addition, when inhaled, the warming ginger essence eases mental confusion and helps to relieve fatigue and nervous exhaustion. To calm the digestion, dilute three to five drops of ginger essential oil in a carrier oil and use to massage around the stomach and abdomen – this works for me. It Is also great in treating the symptoms of flu as it promotes sweating, eases coughing and catarrh congestion – and for that sore throat, add two drops of ginger oil to 1 teaspoon of vodka and dilute with hot water. When it has cooled sufficiently, use as a gargle – don’t swallow! Ginger tea, made from infusing 1 root of ginger (grated), a sprig of fresh marjoram and one of rosemary, in 500ml of boiling water can benefit those suffering from rheumatism. However, it is to be noted that ginger essential oil should be used sparingly as its high concentration can cause irritation in sensitive people. Consumption of large amounts of ginger can bring on menstruation in women. Ginger oil blends well with rose, cedarwood, rosewood, frankincense, vetiver, patchouli, pettigaran, neroli lime, gra
pefruit and lemon oil. Most definitely a “must have” oil.
Ginger root is excellent for any type of gastro-intestinal dysfunction. You can buy a fresh piece of ginger root at any grocery in the produce section, and is extremely inexpensive. I make a ginger tea for any digestive track imbalance. Just finely grate some of the root, boil in a small sauce pan. Once the tea is brewed, strain through a fine strainer, pour the tea into a mug, and sip. A bit spicy, but within an hour, the ailment will improve. Also, this can be used as often as needed. Definitely a cost effective way to use nature as it was intended.
Ginger is an excellent thing to eat if you suffer from poor circulation (as I do) as it improves blood flow. My great aunty originally told me about the benefits I could expect through taking this regularly as she has suffered for years from poor circulation in her hands and feet. Gotu kola and ginkgo biloba are also great - but you must take them daily for a few weeks before seeing the benefits. I would try adding it to most cooked dishes - you don't have to add a great deal, just chop it up very finely and you won't notice the flavour. It can add a nice flavour to Chinese dishes or most sauces. I was also advised to take it for preventing colds by a Chinese friend of my fathers who highly recommends regular doses of ginger together with 2 litres of water a day and at least 2 apples and oranges a day. Try drinking chopped ginger, honey and fresh lemon juice with hot water for lowering fever and warming up after being out in the cold! I was surprised by how nice a change it was from regular tea and coffee! This is also a nice drink if you feel in need of a pepup or energy boost!