Ginger is a Zinger!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 10, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
When we think of Ginger, likely its delicious culinary applications first come to mind… even its botanical name, Zingiber officinalis, alludes to the “zing” that Ginger carries!
If you’re one of many who suffer from heartburn, try a freshly brewed cup of soothing Ginger tea the next time painful acid reflux flares up. Or, try the tasty Ginger Gold syrup from Natural Wellbeing; it will help calm the digestive tract and relieve spasms that can end up causing the stomach contents to ‘back up’ into the esophagus.
Ginger is also wonderful for other intestinal problems such as gas, cramping, and, especially, nausea. It works extremely well for travel sickness (cars, boats) and for nausea during pregnancy.
Ginger’s pungent, warming properties increase the peripheral circulation, so it’s really great for warming up chilled hands and feet! Its benefits on the circulation also help to decrease pain and inflammation from arthritis, and may also provide a slight blood pressure-lowering effect.
Like its close cousin Turmeric – they’re in the same botanical family – Ginger is surely one of Nature’s greatest medicines!
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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