By Dr. Sharina Brothers
Ginger is a spicy root that's perfect during cooler months. It soothes the tummy, aides digestion and supports circulation. Ginger can be used in dried, powdered spice form or prepared with the fresh root, and its uses go way beyond pumpkin pie. You can also think of ginger for:
Cold hands and feet - when you, your significant other, or your child curls up with you and those feet are Brrr, cold!
Motion sickness on sea, land or air
Nausea of pregnancy
Hydrochloric acid deficiency
Abdominal gas and/or bloating
Ginger makes a delicious and warming tea. Here's how to prepare a cup:
Wash and chop up 1 - 3 teaspoons of fresh root, depending on how strong you like your ginger tea. Add this to approximately 2 cups of water in a pot, cover, and bring to a light boil. Turn temperature down so water is simmering. Simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes. Strain, add honey or your preferred sweetener (or try a touch of lemon), and drink. Drink 2-3 cups of tea daily for those cold hands and feet. TIP: For nausea, try making ginger tea ice cubes to suck on.
If, however, you are suffering from nausea that is so bad you are unable to eat or drink, except for ice cubes, I recommend an immediate visit with your doctor. Likewise, avoid ginger in the following cases until you have consulted with your naturopathic doctor:
• History of gallstones
• Acute ulcers or gastritis
• Bleeding issues
Ginger can be a powerful herbal ally, whether alone or combined with other herbs. If you have questions about whether it may serve you, feel free to ask your naturopathic doctor.