GINGER

GINGER: “Put a Stop to Motion Sickness”

Arthritis, Colds, Digestive Aid, Heart Disease, Flu, Morning Sickness, Motion Sickness, Stroke

Also Known As: African Ginger, Cochin (Asian) Ginger, Jamaican Ginger

HISTORY:

Aromatic ginger has been used in healing and cooking since the dawn of history. An old Native American proverb says, “Every good quality is contained in ginger.” That is true. Native Americans have used ginger in cooking, to treat digestion and in the preserving food. Chinese women still drink ginger tea for menstrual cramps, morning sickness and other gynecological problems.

PREPARATION:

To make ginger tea, take 2 teaspoons of grated root or ginger powder per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. For cooking, season food to taste. Use 1,500 milligrams tablets 30 minutes before traveling for motion sickness or drink a 12 ounce glass of ginger which will also provide relief. For children under 2 suffering from colic, make a weak ginger preparation.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Ginger grows outdoors in Florida, southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. The best place to purchase grow-able ginger root is at an Asian specialty market. Some nurseries may carry it also, it depends. Look for ginger-root that has a light green skin in color. If you purchase ginger root, grow indoors in deep pots. Mix soil with sand, compost and peat moss. Plant roots 3 inches deep and 12 inches apart. Use plenty of water and high humidity.

SAFETY:

Ginger generally relieves indigestion, but some people have reported heartburn. Taking large doses may cause miscarriages. Ginger is on the FDA’s list regarded as generally safe.