Ayurveda utilises our connection to the entire universe and natural substances and herbs to restore and develop health and wellbeing.
Ginger “Vishwabheeshaja” The Universal Medicine
Ginger root is popularly known for its strong pungent taste and sweet aroma especially in Asian cuisine and is now commonly found in most western kitchens around the world.
There are many known health benefits found within this culinary spice and Ayurveda has for thousands of years recognised the importance of this versatile herb as a valuable daily ingredient for general health and maintenance.
For those of you that I have prescribed the regular use of fresh ginger, you may find below a few more reasons to make this herb a stable part of you daily routine.
Ginger is safe to use frequently in a reasonable amount, its medicinal properties are particularly useful in maintaining the proper functioning of the digestive system by enhancing metabolic functions, proper digestion of food and regular bowel movement.
Ginger also contains powerful antioxidants responsible for fighting free radicals naturally occurring within the body that can lead to serious health disturbances such as heart disease and cancer.
It is also renowned for its anti-inflammatory action which assist in diseases like arthritis, bronchitis, inflammatory conditions within the digestive system and can be very effective in certain types of migraines and other headaches.
Ginger also has a blood thinning action which helps improve circulation of blood throughout the body aiding in pain relief and increased oxygen flow.
Useful home remedies –
Ginger tea –
½ tsp freshly grated ginger
8 drops of lemon or lime
½ tsp raw local honey
Steep in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes, add honey just before drinking and use for general maintenance 1st thing every morning, very useful with cold and flu, respiratory congestion, joint pain and stiffness, poor circulation and nervous tension.
Cut 1 thin slice of ginger
Combine with either ¼ tsp of salt
Or ½ tsp of raw local honey
Take this just before your meal to stimulate digestive function
Ginger juice –
1 tsp fresh ginger juice
½ tsp honey
Combine these two for relief of sinus and respiratory congestion; take 2–3 times daily.
So there you have it, just a few more reasons to make ginger a regular part of your day.
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