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7 Easy Ways To Heal with Ginger

7 Easy Ways To Heal with Ginger

Ginger is a wonder root. Its healing power is inversely proportional to how knobbly and unattractive it looks. Its role in easing digestive problems and healing painful joints is undisputed. It brings relief from coughs and colds and strengthens your immune system. And those are only a few of ginger’s amazing health benefits.

I cannot imagine my kitchen without a handful of young, pink-tipped, robust ginger root. Try these easy and health-boosting  ideas, and you’ll be a ginger lover, too!

For your tummy: Slice fresh ginger into matchsticks. Squeeze a whole lemon on it. Place in a small glass jar. Suck on those matchsticks or eat it as  pickle. Lovely punchy taste, and great for digestion.

For your throat: Grated ginger, mixed with a big spoonful of honey, brings instant relief to a sore throat.

For an Antioxidant bounty: A fresh tomato-ginger relish for your table: 1 tomato, finely chopped, tossed with finely chopped or freshly grated ginger, a little salt, some cilantro or parsley leaves.

For power soups: Stir a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger into your soups, for a dramatic burst of flavor and all the health-giving goodness of this wonder root.

For a guilt-free but delicious bite: Boil 4 potatoes. Cut them into cubes, and toss them with a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic, a teaspoon of finely chopped ginger, 1 green chili, salt and fresh herbs.

To wake up your sleepy grains: Grate some ginger and squeeze some lemon over freshly boiled rice, couscous or pasta for a tasty kick and loads of antioxidant benefits.

For an energetic day: Grate ginger and stir it into a cup of plain yogurt. Place them in a blender with ½ tsp roasted and powdered cumin seeds, a little sea-salt and  2 cups of ice-cold water and give a good whizz. This lassi is a supremely refreshing and digestion-friendly summer drink to kick start your day!

So off I go, to stir up some gingery lassi. Hope you’ll try some, too! Learn more about the incredible goodness of ginger here.

Try Ginger in more delicious ways:
Apricot Ginger Scones
Carrot, Beet & Ginger Soup

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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9:59AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Ok, thank you!

8:53PM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

Ginger root marvellous and certainly flavourful. One cannot imagine being without ginger for cooking, tea and many of its healing qualities.

It is also a fascinating plant to watch as it grows outside during the summer.

11:09AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

good ideas

9:16AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

I drink ginger tea every day, 2 litres or more, but I also use it as spice for soups, sauces or salad dressings, it´s one of the greatest vegetables at all, helps your belly, but also against colds or cough, I love it!!!

8:41PM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

Thank you.

11:37AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

We didn't have ginger around when I was growing up so I had to discover it on my own as an adult, and yes, I always have some in the fridge.

11:20AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

More good ideas! Need to run to the store!

3:42AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

Thanks

5:11AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Never tell anyone just by his/her appearance

2:48AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

I love ginger and always use it in stir-fry's. I also use it medicinally with Turmeric for pain relief. I particularly like the idea of adding it to rice and grains. I shall give it a go.

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