In modern times, we ofter fail to look to simple herbs and spices for their health benefits, instead reaching for the chemical filled medicine cabinets. We overlook the fact that ginger has some amazing uses and has been cultivated and revered by the Chinese and Indians for thousands of years. In Chinese medicine it has been used to treat everything from nausea, irritable bowel syndrome and colic to heart palpitations and malaria. It is often said that it also has the ability to cleanse the body and strengthen the immune system.
Research by the CSIRO has shown that warming herbs and spices such as ginger, tumeric and chilli may hold the key to preventing various cancers. Other proven uses include, to prevent and treat motion sickness, increase blood circulation, reducing blood clots, strokes, heart disease and even slow the ageing process! As it stimulates bile production it can all reduce fat absorption and decrease cholesterol levels. The list goes on and on!!
Why not include ginger in a delicious stir-fry, or warm up on a cold winters day with a cup of ginger tea? And for those of you who may be going a little bit thin on top, why not rub some ginger oil over those thinning locks to help thicken hair and reduce baldness? Well, anything is worth a try, right??
Source: How can I use herbs in my daily life? 3rd Edition. Written by Isabell Shipard (2007)