I’m sure being a ginger is awesome, but I love the plant.
Shakespear once wrote, “An I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread”
Early references from the Vadstena Abbey show how the Swedish nuns were baking gingerbread to ease indigestion in 1444.
Ginger is one of my favorite spices.
Ginger is native to Asia although native to North America, ‘wild ginger’ known as asarum canadense is much stronger and can be toxic of used in large amounts. True ginger is ‘zingiber officinale’.
Ginger contains a proteolytic enzyme that reduces inflammation in joins and cartilage tissue, repairing all the while. It improves ciruclation in the pelvis and Rosemary Gladstar’s “Medicinal Herbs” says that numerous studies confirm that ginger lowers triglycerides linked to diabetes and heart disease. Several clinical studies find ginger MORE effective than OTC meds for nausea, motion sickness and seasickness. It is a GREAT alternative to antinausea drugs for chemotherapy, because it has no side effects.
Because it is antiseptic, its great for gastrointestinal infections. Because it has a ‘warming’ sensation its great for decongestion and sore throats.
And its DELIGHTFUL to taste.
You ask, “Why is it that it can help heal so many different kinds of ailments?”
Its because our Good God created heterogenous plants. This means that they are diverse in their effects (Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils 2012 edition, pg. 11)
It upsets me that western medicine studied these plants, extracted the part that they liked and chemically altered this living organism into a pill which has a commercial using thousands of dollars in seconds just to tell you the long list of side effects.
Ginger Syrup as from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs
Equal parts gingerroot and local honey (I used 1/3 cup)
Cut gingerroot into tiny cubes and heat in pan for a few minutes until it smells lovely, then add your honey and spread out the gingerroot evenly in pan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until honey tastes delightfully spiced. Refrigerate for several weeks.
Great in tea or straight for stomach issues, sore throat, or inflammation (as for arthritis)