As we move into fall, and fill our homes with the aroma of gingerbread cookies, ginger snaps and ginger ale, it’s the perfect time to explore the medicinal uses of this spicy root!

Ginger tea is wonderful for digestion. It can also be a lovely, gentle caffeine-free stimulant, and the perfect substitute for coffee or black tea. It can fight nausea and is safe for pregnant women. A study showed that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who took ginger powder reported a 40% reduction in their symptoms.

Ginger tea can soothe muscles after a work-out, and fight funguses such as athlete’s foot or yeast overgrowth. The root has anti-microbial properties, and is effective in powder, capsules, tea or freshly ground. Because it neutralizes inflammatory agents in the stomach, ginger can help heal ulcers or gut irritation. It has even been known to have properties that inhibit the reproductive of malignant cells.

Ginger also regulates blood sugar. It’s especially effective when fasting! Research of a fasting group showed that ginger lowered glucose levels 12%. To maintain balanced blood sugar, take ginger in capsule form or eat half a teaspoon of grated ginger daily. This traditional Asian herb, first transported throughout the Indo-Pacific as long as 5,000 years ago, is packed with nutrition, including iron, Vitamin C and niacin, as well as copper, manganese and magnesium. Ginger can also boost our brain power! A study of women over 50 who used fresh ginger daily showed significant improvement in memory. It also supports our dopamine and serotonin, which make us feel happy and optimistic.

Ginger is more than just the zing in your cookies or tea. It’s an ancient form of natural medicine that can heal, repair and renew every part of your body. Wishing you a ginger-filled autumn!

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