As most of you probably know, ginger is a proven home remedy for nausea, vomiting and inflammation and a good friend to anyone with GP. However, it can be so much more than just a cup of ginger tea, especially when there is a company like The Ginger People (GP!) that provide unlimited possibilities. My favorite products include the ginger chews, crystallized ginger candy and chips, as well as the jarred organic minced and grated ginger, all conveniently ready for use.
In addition to inflammation, ginger has an antispasmodic action and contains powerful digestive enzymes. One component, gingerois, functions as a serotonin 5-HT antagonist and enhances motility.
A remedy I use often is the combination of ginger, lime and salt. It refreshes the taste buds, stimulates saliva and brings blood flow to the digestive tract giving it a boost to initiate appetite.
You can simple chew a slice of ginger with a sprinkle of lime and salt OR what I like to do:
1.Take those crystallized candies I mentioned earlier and rinse them with water to soften
2. Put them in a small container, soak with lime juice and sprinkle on the salt. Keep refrigerated.
3. Before meals eat a small amount and fire up that appetite!
Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
1. Roast squash whole in oven at 350 for 1 hour, let cool, scoop out flesh. You can also use other winter squash, carrots or a blend of both.
2. Add to blender with broth*, and sliced fresh ginger or jarred.
Optional: Top with a small amount of yogurt, coconut milk or Ginger People crystallized chips.
*For the most nutrient dense soup make your own broth. A whole chicken or chicken breast simmered in crock pot for 12-24 hours, or beef marrow bones for 12 hours. In the beginning add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to leach all the nutrients and minerals off the bones. I also like to add 1-2 chopped carrots. By simmering it over time it creates a gelatin broth filled with essential proteins, vitamins and minerals that can be so good for anyone needing extra nourishment.
Please feel free to leave any tips or tricks you might have using ginger!