10+ Reasons to Love Ginger

Ginger is a popular and well-known, albeit funny looking, rhizome found in kitchens and medicine chests alike.  With a long history of medicinal and culinary use, ginger has been well researched and is loved worldwide.

Ginger Through History

Native to Asia, documented use of ginger has been found as far back as 4,000 years.  It has been listed in recipes throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and The Americas for centuries.  Medicinal use has been found in ancient texts throughout Asia, India, and more.  This hand-like plant is now cultivated around the world and enjoyed greatly here in the states for both medicinal and culinary uses.

Where to Obtain Ginger

“Hands” of ginger are available at most grocery stores.  Organic should be purchased whenever possible.  If not organic,  fresh ginger should always be peeled.  Dried ginger can be found in the spice aisle, at local herbal apothecaries, and in many herbal teas.  It is also quite easy to re-grow ginger from a small cutting of a ginger root where it will grow well indoors in pots.  Ginger essential oil is also available.

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Ginger has been widely researched for a variety of conditions.  Herbalists use ginger topically and internally for a variety of ailments including:

  • Digestion

  • Nausea

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Colic

  • Flu

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Poor circulation

  • High blood pressure

  • Coughs

  • Anti-viral

  • Parasites

  • Indigestion

  • Lung congestion

  • Antioxidant

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • Arthritis

  • Morning Sickness

Common Preparations of Ginger

A hot, ginger tea is one of the most common ways herbalists use ginger.  The root is chopped into small pieces and simmered in hot water for at least 20 minutes.  This tea is then sipped throughout the day.

Dried ginger is found used in capsules, infused into oils, tinctures, infused in honey, powdered, or used in teas.

Crystallized ginger is also widely used.  This is an especially popular method for intake of ginger related to nausea.  

Of course, the ever popular ginger ale is another common preparation!  Try making your own with a homemade ginger bug to get a nutrient boost from the probiotics as well. Ginger is also commonly suggested to be added to soups, stews, stir-fry, curries and other dishes.  Many people divide the ginger in half, adding half at the beginning of cooking and half toward the end to get the full flavor-profile of the ginger.

For topical use, ginger is typically used as a poultice, applied as an essential oil or massaged.

TriLight’s Use of Ginger

We love ginger and use it in several of our formulas. You’ll find ginger in:

B-Fruitful, Morning Soothe, Move EZ, NR Glow, RespaClear, Sinus Minus, and Tummy Plus.  

Amy says this about Tummy Plus “I have been so happy with this product. My family of 4 has all used this at different times and it is so soothing. It eases tummy discomfort quickly and it tastes good too. My 1 year old daughter was crying a couple nights ago and I could tell her tummy was bothering her. It was easy to prepare this for her to drink and she felt better within a few minutes and settled back to sleep. I plan to always keep this on hand!”

How about you?  Is this spicy root one that you like to use in your kitchen or  home apothecary?  Share with us your experiences using ginger in the comments.

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your health care practitioner before using products with any other medications.*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease
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