I was never one of those aloof, alternate cool kids at uni who would sit around the park tables in mulit-partisan groups sipping coffees and engaged in intelligent and witty debate on every topic from politics to religion to race. (Okay I confess I had to google all that).
I did however engage in sculling races, (the drinking kind), “kidnapping” as many college mascots as we could, attempting to gain a full collection of the local golf club’s 18 hole flags and what passed in a country town as clubbing. (Yes I did actually emerge with an honours degree in Town Planning – eventually)
All this was in the early 90s. And so I was a not so closet Spice Girls fan. And of course Ginger was my favourite.
Which brings me to the actual topic of todays post;
The health benefits of Ginger – the spice not the girl!
(I know that was a round about way to get there…but hey that’s how my brain works… and to this day my mother is still the only one who could ever follow how I got from start to finish without an explanation! )
Just like the red-headed singing sensation of the 90’s, ginger is one of my favourite spices. In cookings, juices, tonics, aromatherapy, I just can’t get enough. It’s zingy, refreshing and makes me alert. And even the ornamental gingers look amazing.
This wonder spice is packed full of health benefits. Lets take a closer look.
10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger
1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite. (Ayurveda recommends that lunch should always be your main meal of the day, because this is when your digestive energy is naturally at its peak).
2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.
4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.
5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!
6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger—for best results, toss it in a little warm ghee before you chew.
7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
8. Got a surgery done? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.
9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Psst…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties, too!)
Maybe it’s time to Spice up Your Life and let me Tell Ya What I Want, What I Really, Really Want…