Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an excellent product with great therapeutic benefits. It offers incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is native to Southeast Asia. People in China and India have been using it since forever.
Ayurveda praises it as “the universal great medicine.” In ancient China, people referred to it as a product that “restores devastated yang” and “expels cold.” According to an Indian proverb, “everything good is found in ginger.” It’s time to bring this incredible gift of nature closer to you.
Health benefits of ginger
1. Muscle pain and soreness
Ginger relieves post-workout muscle pain thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect.
Ginger is great for those who struggle with nausea and morning sickness. People have used it to prevent sea sickness or nausea in pregnant women. Of course, pregnant women may first consult their gynecologist as ginger may cause premature contractions.
Ginger reduces inflammation and prevents joint pain and stiffness. A study has shown that ginger extract relieves pains in patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. These people also used less painkillers than usual.
4. Blood sugar
Another study shown that daily intake of 2 grams of ginger lowers fasting blood sugar by 12%.
High bad cholesterol levels increase the risk of developing a heart condition. Ginger powder has the power to reduce cholesterol markers in 45 days.
Gingerol is a bioactive substance in ginger. It reduces the risk of infections and blocks bacterial growth. Ginger can also help you deal with bacteria that lead o gingivitis and periodontitis.
Here’s the good news. You can grow your own ginger. If you live in USDA zone 7 or higher, grow ginger in your garden. If you live in zone 6 or lower, plant your ginger in pots. Bring the pot indoors in winter.
How to grow ginger in your garden?
Pick the right rhizome
You need plump and hydrated pieces. Avoid wrinkled ginger and look for nodes.
Prepare your ginger
Let it rest on the countertop in your kitchen for two weeks. The nodes will “grow” Your ginger will shrivel, but no, it doesn’t need any water. Cut it into chunks once it starts sprouting. Make sure your chunks have an “eye.” Let the chunks rest for a few hours before planting them in soil.
Plant ginger in your garden
If you live in USDA zone 7 and more, grow ginger in your garden. It enjoys full t part shade. Ginger grows well in rich and loose soil. You will also need compost or aged manure.
Add it to the soil before planting the ginger. Plant you ginger in early spring. Place the pieces an inch above the surface of the soil. You need one chunk per square foot. Water.
You will see the first leaves in two weeks. After the leaves grow, water your ginger deeply and sparingly. Use aged manure once a month until your ginger plant grows completely.
Ginger matures in 10 months. Once it grows enough, lift it from the soil, and wash the root. Cut off a chunk, and replant the rest.
Fun fact: Use ginger leaves as garnish instead of chives or spring onions.
Plant your ginger in pots
You need rhizomes with several eye buds. Place the rhizome in a bowl full of warm water, and let it rest overnight. Fill your wide and shallow pot with loose soil. Place the rhizome and make sure the eye is pointed up. Cover with one-inch layer of soil and water.
Keep the pot in a warm spot with partial sunlight. The soil has to be moist all the time. Use a spray bottle for this.
Apply a plastic tent for your plant to give it the humidity it needs to sprout.
Remove the plastic once the shoots appear. Harvest small chunks 3-4 months after your plant grows. Cut a piece and replant the rest.
How to use ginger?
Ginger and lemon cold remedy
Use this to soothe sore throat and treat a nasty cough. It’s great for inflammations and sinus issues.
- Filtered water
- ¼ inch piece of ginger, grated
- 2 lemons, cut in slices (wash them thoroughly!)
- 1 cup raw honey
Add your lemons and ginger to a Mason jar. Boil some water and let it cool a bit. Add it to your honey. Add the liquid to your jar. Keep this in the fridge. Children need a teaspoon of the remedy very 4-6 hours. Adults can take a tablespoon.
Soothing wind down tea
It’s time to calm down and relax your body and mind.
- ¾ tsp ginger, chopped
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 tsp raw honey
Add your ginger and water to a teapot, and simmer for a few minutes. Strain. Stir in your honey.
Tasty ginger superfood late
Replace your unhealthy coffee drink with this healthy alternative.
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- 1 tsp collagen powder
- 1 tbsp grass-fed butter
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- ½ tsp raw honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ inch piece fresh ginger root
Add the ingredients to your blender. Blitz and enjoy!
Ginger arthritis cream
Bad knees won’t take you anywhere. Treat your knee with this ginger cream, and enjoy the benefits of ginger essential oil.
- 20 drops pure frankincense essential oil
- 10 drops pure ginger essential oil
- 30 drops of myrrh essential oil
- 4 ounces of organic coconut oil
Combine the ingredients together in a bowl. Transfer the resulting mixture in an airtight container. Apply it on affected areas or before your regular workout.