In need of a little spice in your life? Zest things up with some ginger! It’s easy to incorporate this powerful spice into your daily routine with an array of benefits.
WHAT EXACTLY IS GINGER?
Ginger is a spice from the underground rhizome (root) of the ginger plant, known as Zingiber officinale. This name comes from the Sanskrit name, singabera which means “horn shaped.” It comes in a variety of colours including red, white, and yellow. It is covered in a paper-like skin that can easily be peeled off before using the ginger’s flesh. Ginger is typically grown in Southeastern Asia and has been mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern writings. Today, it is grown and harvested in various places around the world, including India and Australia.
HOW IS IT USED?
This famous spice has been a staple in Vedic tradition, often being referred to as “the universal medicine.” It is respected for the warming effect it has on the digestive and respiratory systems, as well as its ability to balance the emotional, physical, and spiritual centres within the body and mind. Ginger promotes robust Agni, which refers to digestive strength and the ability to assimilate life experiences.
Typically, ginger is added to a variety of dishes and drinks, offering a pungent and sweet flavour to the taste buds. Whatever your preference, it is easy to start using ginger as a part of your wellness routine.
WHAT ARE GINGER’S BENEFITS?
One of the most well-known benefits of ginger is digestive system support. For thousands of years, ginger has been known to help calm and soothe the digestive tract, offering people relief from a variety of frustrating symptoms. These symptoms may include: bloating, gas, and indigestion.
Ginger has also been shown to support healthy cardiovascular function while promoting a balanced immune system. That’s one of the reasons people prefer to use ginger during cold and flu season. This versatile spice is also beneficial for helping to alleviate motion induced nausea.