Ginger is one of my favorite spices, herbs, remedies and all-round tonics! I expounded on the wonderfulness of ginger in my TCM tips ebook, explained how ginger can prevent hair loss, and shared my favorite way to stop a cold before it starts. Now, its time to highlight the best uses of ginger from TCM, Ayurveda, Balinese, and modern herbal research.

Chinese medicine uses of Ginger

  • Clears phlegm and stops cough
  • Fights the common cold
  • Warms cold limbs
  • Quells vomiting and diarrhea, relieves abdominal pain (including postpartum pain), calms nausea and upset stomach
  • Controls bleeding as in vomiting blood, uterine bleeding, or rectal bleeding, when drank in its dried powder form

Ref: Chinese Materia Medica, People’s Medical Publishing House

Indonesian (Balinese) applications of Ginger

  • Using 5 types of fresh ginger, crush with cooked rice to make a skin-tightening face mask
  • As an energy booster, add 5 types of fresh ginger to a slightly cooked egg yolk
  • Using sandalwood, mash chopped fresh ginger then add hot water and honey to make a drinkable health-boosting tonic

Ref: In-person study, Bali island, Indonesia Aug-Sept 2011

Ayurvedic uses of Ginger

  • For indigestion, mix 1g dry ginger powder with 1 tsp warm water and drink 3 times per day before meals for 7 days
  • For headache relief, mix 1 tablespoon milk with half-teaspoon ginger powder, then place 1 drop in each nostril. Follow with cool cloth applied on head.
  • Mix into juices to improve and increase digestion, as well as to combat colds and flu
  • Recommended spice to be used in cooking for treatment of obesity

Ref: Course study at Greens Ayur Center, Oct-Nov 2011

Modern medicine research on Ginger

  • Proven in research labs to reduce motion-sickness, nausea, and chaotic upset stomach
  • While the research is not as extensive, ginger may also benefit:
    • arthritis
    • asthma
    • metabolic syndrome, including elevated triglycerides, and even
    • stroke.

Ref: 5 Healing Spices by Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, Experience Life magazine, Jan/Feb 2012

Ways to include Ginger in your diet

  • Stir-fries
  • Homemade salad dressings
  • Any Asian food
  • Tea
  • Tenderize and give flavor to meat before grilling
  • Squash, sprinkling on dry-powdered ginger before baking
  • Added to fresh-made juices for a little kick
  • Stews and soups

The strangest thing about ginger is it is so often and easily overlooked in the produce section at the supermarket. Next time you’re buying your apples or your greens, hunt for the ginger.  It’s soooo good to keep around the house! And, seriously, have you ever tried apple-carrot-ginger juice?

Today I had ginger and turmeric in warmed almond milk for breakfast. Yummy! Did you try the creamy turmeric milk tea recipe yet?