Healing Herb, Ginger root relieves sore throats, colds and stomach ache. Ginger is an amazing herb. The root has healing properties, and the leaves are good for fever.
Health benefits of ginger tea. I use ginger whenever I get a sore throat. Just clean off a piece of ginger root, put it in your mouth and suck it. You can actually feel the sore throat leaving. Just the other day I could feel a cold coming on in my throat, so I got a piece of ginger, sucked out the juice and ate it. The sore throat went away and I didn't need to take it again.
Ginger is warming, so it soothes coughs and sore throats. It has anti-viral properties, too, which may explain why it's so effective against colds. If you don't have ginger root, you can use ginger powder. Just make a gargle with warm water, and it will kill the sore throat. It's so easy, and it works every time. Everyone should keep a little ginger root on hand for these ailments.
You can also make ginger beer drink using ginger root. You can use honey or molasses as a sweetener, but I prefer using brown or granulated sugar. See recipe for Jamaican ginger beer drink here.
Ginger calms inflammation. Studies also prove its effective against nausea, especially from motion sickness, and pregnancy. I've found it works for almost any kinds of stomach problem. Ginger grows in all parishes in Jamaica, but it doesn't grow wild. It has to be planted and cared for. It usually grows in clumps. The leaves are long, narrow and pointed with distinctive centre ribs.
In Jamaica, the ginger root is fiery hot. The ginger you get in the US isn't so strong, so you need to use more for the healing properties.
Ginger Tea For Cramps, Menstrual Cramps And Colds: Add 1 ounce peeled fresh or dried ginger root to 4 cups boiling water. Simmer for 3 minutes on medium heat. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink tea as often as needed.
Ginger tea For Colic, Tummy Ache and Sore Throat
Add 1 ounce peeled fresh or dried crushed ginger root to 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then drink as often as needed. For sore throat, use ginger tea and gargle as often as needed.
Ginger can also be compounded with other herbs for many different ailments. Some people boiled ginger root with mint, its effective for period pain or food poisoning. I sometimes boiled it with cerasee for stomach ache or menstrual pain.
Ginger is considered a tonic for the digestive tract, stimulating digestion and toning the intestinal muscles. This action eases the transport of substances through the digestive tract, lessening irritation to the intestinal walls. Ginger may protect the stomach from the damaging effect of alcohol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs( such as ibuprofen and may help prevent ulcers)
Ginger also supports cardiovascular health. Ginger may make blood platelets less sticky and less likely to aggregate.