It’s been a long day of chaos! Things you take for granted, communication and cool air from my dashboard of my car both were gone today. I felt the FIRE of frustration and anger and the heat just took it out of me. I felt HOT like internal combustion mode. I ended up having to replace my phone and am hopefully going to have someone fix my AC tomorrow but it really made me think about what herb I use for increasing fire.
Have you ever made yourself a cuppa fresh ginger tea? Most months of the year I have fresh ginger at the ready for general wellness and flavor. The gentle flavor of fresh ginger starts to permeate and the first sip is always a sweet surprise on the palate. Sipping this tea when I’m also on a car or plane ride calms motion sickness and my frazzled tummy when traveling.
Surprising Culinary Uses:
Grating fresh ginger into all your cakes & cookies will add oomph and a more gentle flavor than dried ginger.
Traditional Medicinal Uses: Ginger is wonderful for combatting nausea and is a stimulating synergist, meaning when it is combined with other herbs it helps up their effects on the body. For example, adding it with cayenne for inflammation will help increase body circulation and move energy into the extremities.
Medicinal Recipe: Fresh Ginger Honey
Add ½ cup fresh peeled and chopped ginger to a small ½ pint glass. Pour raw honey all over it and let it steep for 3 to 4 days, stirring often to combine the honey and ginger juice. You’ll see it start to get more watery as the ginger lends the water to the honey. Talk about FLAVOR! Add this powerful honey to teas, drizzle it over berries or add it to a little whipped cream. Make sure you put it in the fridge after it has reached your desired taste to stop it from continuing to ferment. And after you finish or strain it add a little bit of bourbon for a cordial that is shelf stable and perfect for sipping on a wintery night.
The herbal energetics: Pungent, Hot
My favorite uses: digestive health side note -- I only use ginger for folks that are pale, look at your tongue in a mirror and if you see a bright red tongue - ginger isn’t for you - if you see a pale tongue that is leaning towards white or light red then ginger is your friend. Not for everyone though but for those that need a little digestive fire … I forgot about the tidbit that it helps improve absorbent of nutrients, especially iron so it helps treat anemia. That’s why our blackstrap molasses infused with iron increasing herbs like yellow dock with ginger works so well! Also good for morning sickness and motion sickness.
Pain relief: A little bit of ginger essential oil infused in some avocado oil or grapeseed oil is one of my favorite ways to warm up a tight muscle. The heat increases circulation to that specific spot. It’s also one of of my favorites as a warming tonic for menstrual cramps. Just use 15-20 drops in about a 1/4 of oil to make your own blend.
Circulatory Stimulant to make blood flow to the surface helping with cold sore, chilblains*, and cold hands and feet -- this I would try with either a ginger juice applied to the surface of the skin or a strong infusion. Because of this I love it for headache relief either in a tea or massage oil.
Respiratory Conditions: Ginger is a pure antiviral and a perfect remedy to warm the body up and expel the sickness from coughs, colds and flus.
Growing and Habitat:
Native to Asia, Ginger is more and more becoming a cash crop for farmers below the Mason Dixon Line. It’s propagated by roots sock and flourishes in fertile soil with plenty of water. The rhizome is harvested around 10 months old and washed or brushed for cleaning. It usually needs some sort of hoop house with constant watering to really thrive.
Thank you for looking at Ginger in a whole other way! Let me know if you have questions on this perfect warming goodness.