Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known as the herbalist’s best friend and surely one of the most delicious of all spices. One of the Sanskrit names for Ginger is Visvabhesaja, which translates to ‘universal medicine’, benefiting everybody and all diseases. Quite an extraordinary plant! In Ayurveda Ginger is famous for its beautifully warming energy which is so very useful for a range of conditions.
Here are just 6 of the ways the amazing Ginger root works its magic on our health:
- Enhances Digestion
In Ayurveda, all health is dependent on healthy functioning digestion. The warming effect of this spice literally stokes our digestive fire and increases the secretion of digestive enzymes.
- Supports the Lungs – Coughs and Colds
Coughs and colds are characterised as being cold and mucousy, so the perfect antidote to those characteristics is something heating and drying. The ginger root poses such qualities, so is wonderful for clearing mucous and colds from our body and reducing feelings of cold.
- Promotes Toxin Elimination
The accumulation of too many toxins is considered to be the root of all disease in Ayurveda. Dry ginger root is wonderful to clear out and eliminate toxins from our bodies. One of its Ayurvedic actions translates as ‘destroys toxins’.
- Prevents and Treats Nausea
Ginger contains shogaols which have anti-emetic properties, making Ginger wonderful for treating nausea. It’s commonly used for nausea such as morning sickness and travel sickness.
- Alleviates Menstrual Cramps
Ginger is known to ease the discomfort of menstrual cramps and aches. Research published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine detailed a study where sufferers of menstrual pain took ginger for pain relief.
- Stimulates Circulation
As a stimulant, Ginger contains gingerols and shogaols which have been shown to stimulate circulation.
Drinking herbal infusions is an easy and delicious way to increase your ginger intake. The ORGANIC INDIA range of certified organic Tulsi herbal teas captures the wisdom of Ayurvedic Medicine with ginger featuring in several of our blends.
Wishing all Ginger Lovers a wonderfully warm Autumn and Winter!