Ginger for Acid Reflux
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 5, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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!
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan