Ginger seems to be nature's cure to just about any ailment. Got indigestion? Take ginger. Poor appetite? Chew on some ginger. Got a sore throat? Yup, more ginger. Dizziness? Sit down and have some ginger.
But what about migraines? Could this knobby root be nature's gift to alleviate the most fierce and unrelenting migraines? You got it! The Ayurvedic texts had it right when they referred to it as vishwabhesaj or "universal medicine."
The ancient root from India has anti-inflammatory properties that can actually block the chemical messengers — progtagladins — that contribute to swelling in the brain. Its powerful digestive properties can also alleviate nausea that often accompanies migraines.
When using food as medicine, fresh is always best.
Nature provides us with the food we need to heal our bodies, so it's best to consume it in its original form. The more processed it becomes (i.e. powdered tea bags), the weaker its healing properties become. For maximum benefits, go with fresh ginger.
Ginger is both a culinary and medicinal wonder. It can enhance just about any dish and as mentioned heal just about any ailment. Make it a staple in your kitchen Here's a quick rundown to up your ginger IQ.
How To Select
Ginger can be found in the produce section of your grocery store or local farmers market. Look for pieces that are firm, smooth and mold-free.
Organic Vs. Conventional
Because of its thin skin, ginger is more susceptible to fertilizers, so buying organic is ideal. A side-by-side comparison of conventional versus organic ginger can show you the visible difference in between the two.
To Peel Or Not To Peel
The answer to this largely depends upon your decision on the above organic versus conventional debate. If you chose conventional, then peel away. A simple vegetable peeler will help you remove the chemical residue on the skin. If you chose organic, then leave the peel on. In its natural state, the flesh has many healing properties so you're getting a bonus bite by consuming it.
How To Store
Fresh, unpeeled ginger can be stored loose in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator for up to three weeks or in the freezer for up to six months.
To rid migraines, sip on some ginger tea.
- 4-inch piece fresh ginger root
- 4 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- natural sweetener to taste (optional)
1. Slice ginger root into ¼ inch pieces to maximize surface area.
2. Combine ginger, water and cinnamon stick in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Remove ginger and cinnamon stick, pour into favorite mug, relax and enjoy!
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