Ugly Gnarly Root Has Health Benefits

Gnarly Root
Ginger is an ugly (at least I think it’s ugly), knotted underground stem, of the plant Zingiber officinale. Ginger has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. In China, ginger has been used to help digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea and nausea for more than 2,000 years. Ginger has also been used to help treat arthritis, colic, diarrhea and heart conditions.

Today, health care professionals may recommend ginger to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, pregnancy and even cancer chemotherapy. It is also used as a digestive aid for mild stomach upset.

New Research
I didn’t know about the new research in the Journal of Pain reporting that ginger is an effective natural anti-inflammatory helping to reduce pain and inflammation. Both raw ginger and heated ginger were used in the study with similar effectiveness.

This was the big surprise to me: “Dr. Srivastava also found that ginger was SUPERIOR to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol or Advil because NSAIDs only work on one level: to block the formation of inflammatory compounds. Ginger, on the other hand, blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds – prostaglandins and leukotrienes – and also has antioxidant effects that break down existing inflammation and acidity in the fluid within the joints.”

Nicole thinks Ginger Tea tastes good!

I have use Ginger Tea for a digestion aid, but this information about it being as effective as an anti-inflammatory drug was new to me. Last week, I had my wisdom teeth removed. After reading this, I made a pot of Ginger Tea to help alleviate my mouth pain. While recovering from my tooth extraction, I drank the tea throughout the day. I was able to immediately cut the Advil I was taking in half.

Ginger Tea

You’ll Need:
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon of honey
1 quart water

1. Simmer the slices of ginger root in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes
2. Remove the ginger, add 1 tablespoon of honey
3. Refrigerate any left-over tea for later consumption


The Sassy Water recipe came from my friend, Judy. She read this post on ginger and thought you all would appreciate another ginger drink. This is  tasty pick-me-up and Judy says it came from the Flat Belly Diet Book:

Sassy Water
You’ll Need
8 cups water
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
12 mint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a large picture. Chill in the refrigerator overnight to let the flavors blend.

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