WAYS TO USE GINGER AT HOME?
- Ginger-lemon tea for colds & flu: Place 1 tbsp grated or finely minced fresh ginger in a mug with juice of half of lemon and honey to taste. Pour over boiling water, cover and let it steep for 15 minutes before drinking.
- Warm Ginger compress for headaches and migraines: Grate 1tbsp fresh ginger into a bowl of boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Wet a folded washcloth in the preparation and apply the cloth to the forehead or back of the neck. Relax the head on a pillow for 10 minutes and breathe deeply during the application.
- Ginger rub for aching muscles: Diluting the essential oil in carrier oils to massage painful spots can be really effective.
- Ginger 4 ways for nausea:
• Ginger ale (ie with real ginger not ginger flavouring)
• Ginger tea sipped in small doses (to avoid nausea that may occur from drinking large amounts of any fluid)
• Candied ginger
• Spiced ginger cookies
- Ginger bath for period pain: Prepare a strong infusion of ginger tea using 8 tbsps of fresh-grated ginger root per 2 litre of boiling water. Steep 20 minutes, strain and pour into a hot hip bath.
- Chew raw fresh ginger for toothache.
Top tip:If using dried ginger, be sure to get it from a good source. Dried ginger should be zesty and hot. If it isn't, it may be too old.
Peptic ulcers, Gallstones, Warfarin.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In 13th century England, ginger was such a prize commodity that just 1lb of ginger was worth the same as a sheep!
If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or on drug medication, be sure to consult with a professional before trying these remedies.