When we think of Ginger, its warming, stimulating properties likely first come to mind. Even its botanical name, Zingiber officinalis, alludes to the “zing” that Ginger has!
Ginger’s also a wonderful anti-inflammatory, though, and may help to sooth acid reflux (heartburn). Next time heartburn hits, try making yourself a healing, nourishing cup of Ginger tea: Thinly slice 1/2-inch of the fresh root (unpeeled) and gently simmer it for ~10-15 minutes in 12 oz. of water. You can add a little honey for sweetening. This simple tea remedy is also wonderful for other intestinal problems such as gas, cramping, and nausea.
Like its close cousin Turmeric – they’re in the same botanical family – Ginger is one of Nature’s best “food as medicines.” It tastes great and can be added to stir fries or juiced (delicious with apples). It even does double-duty these cold winter days by increasing the peripheral circulation and warming up the hands and feet!
Let us know if you’re a Ginger fan, too!