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The Wonder Spice

Do it Gingerly

Ginger promotes health and healing in many ways, according to Ayurvedic and Chinese herbalists. It strengthens the nervous and immune systems, restores sexual energy, helps with bronchial problems, prevents and relieves menstrual cramps, clears the uterus after childbirth and promotes health recovery (builds strength after a long-term illness).

When shopping, select ginger that is firm, fresh in appearance, with wrinkle-free skin. Wrinkly, dried-up ginger can be woody, tough, stringy, difficult to chop, and unpleasant to chew!

How to Prepare: Always peel ginger before chopping or slicing (it's okay to leave the skins on for tea). This can be done with a potato peeler (which will take some of the flesh along with it), or by scraping with the edge of a paring knife. I prefer the latter method as virtually none of the ginger is wasted. To chop, slice thinly along the grain. Then cut into thin matchstick-like strips. These can be chopped into the desired length (1/8" for mincing, up to 1-1/2" for curries, etc). Gingerroot also can be successfully chopped with a food processor. Chop with short pulses, being careful not to over process.

The easiest way to enjoy it is Ginger Tea. Take about 2-3 inches of ginger, wash it well and slice thinly. Boil in 6-8 cups of water for 20 minutes. Add a little milk if you like and sweeten to taste. Ginger tea is both soothing and invigorating and is the best thing for women during menstruation.

Feel a bug coming on? Chew on a slice of raw ginger every hour. When you prepare vegetable juice, toss a 1/2 inch piece of ginger in before your other veggies. Good combos are: Carrot-Apple-Ginger, Apple-Ginger and Carrot-Beet-Ginger. Ginger juice can also be mixed with fresh lemon juice and honey for help with coughs.

Also, I like to make Yogi Tea (“Classic India Spice” flavor, available in supermarkets and natural food stores) with extra ginger. Just boil 4 teabags in a quart of water with about 2 inches of thinly sliced ginger for 10-15 minutes.

You can feel the magic of ginger working as soon as you take it, in whichever form you prefer. So it’s no wonder it’s so wondrous. Let ginger's gentle fire work for your health.

Siri Ved Kaur Khalsa
Follow her blog Breath by Breath
Author of From Vegetables With Love

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Manpreet Singh commented on 28-Dec-2009 05:04 AM3 out of 5 stars

Ginger is superb! I have been consuming ginger in my tea along with fennel seeds twice a day during the winter season, and remarkably I haven't had a cold and full of energy and calmness at the same time. Thank you Yogamint. Manpreet Singh

Sean commented on 29-Dec-2009 10:26 AM3 out of 5 stars

For a wonderful warming tea try ginger root and tangerine peel! Whether dried or fresh don't boil, just steep in boiled water for about 5 min.

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