Ginger and Its Aromatic Essence

Ginger and Its Aromatic Essence
In the world of Ayurveda, ginger is often referred to as the "universal medicine". It's known to especially affect the respiratory system, digestive system and circulatory system. It's also known as a powerful anti-inflammatory that's been shown to decrease pain in those with chronic inflammatory pain such as arthritis.

When boiled, it can send a beautiful aroma throughout your home. Blended with other fresh herbs or essential oils and you've got an interesting combination of flavors.

How is Ginger Used?

The most common use of ginger is in cooking. When eaten, fresh ginger can open up your nasal passage and chest in an instant. I once took a bite of fresh ginger and got the surprise of a lifetime. I was living in New York and it was one of those times when I was congested and literally feeling like crap. A friend suggested I make a ginger tea. You know the drill, add a few slithers or chunks to water and boil for about twenty minutes. Of course I thought taking a bite of the raw ginger would help me out faster. When I tell you, it opened me up alright!! Between the burn in my chest and the soaring singe up through my nasal passage, I was completely opened up. Not to mention the gagging cough from the zest of the ginger.

What an experience! After I caught my breath and wiped away the tears, I was good to go. Lol !!! As for the Ginger Tea, here’s a quick and easy recipe for you to try:

1 tablespoon grated or finely minced fresh ginger
fresh lemon juice
honey to taste

- Place the fresh ginger in a mug with the lemon juice and honey
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and then pour it over the ginger and honey in the mug. Cover for about 15 minutes, allowing it to steep.

Enjoy at the aroma and the taste as you sip.

We all know there’s nothing like a great massage. So here's a recipe for Ginger and Lavender Massage Oil

1/4 cup of grated or finely minced fresh ginger
1/2 cup of oil (jojoba, grapeseed or almond oil works fine)
10 to 15 drops of Lavender essential oil.

Add the freshly grated ginger to a small jar. Pour the oil over the ginger and stir allowing them to marry. Let stand for 12 to 24 hours.

Strain off the ginger and add the Lavender essential oil. Stir to blend.

Store in your refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks so as not to spoil. You can use this blend for achy joints and sore muscles.

Ginger is a beautiful herb and can also be used for ear infection, heart health and stomach bugs. Take caution during pregnancy and those using blood thinning medication should consult with your physician before taking large amounts on a regular basis.

That's it for this week. As always …

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