Today, we’re going to look at how to use ginger root as a home remedy. While most people know ginger as a remedy for nausea, there are many more amazing simple ways to use this fresh herb. Including how to make homemade ginger ale!
Ginger is useful both as food and as a home remedy. It is a common household ingredient and for good reason.
Fresh ginger is easily accessible (just about every supermarket carries it) and it’s easy to keep and store. If you rarely use fresh ginger, you may want to take a second look at this incredible, healing herb!
Here are some of my favorite ways to use ginger as a home remedy.
Because dried ginger is so hot, you may prefer to stick with fresh ginger when using it as a home remedy.
A strong cup of hot ginger tea can really warm you up. You’ll also notice that the warmth from the ginger spreads throughout your body. This is because ginger is diffusive, moving and dispersing itself throughout the body.
Ginger will also stimulate sweating and help to cool a fever.
If you are prone to cold extremities, another way to quickly increase the circulation is by using fresh ginger root in a foot or hand bath. Simply make a pot of fresh ginger root tea, let it cool a bit and then soak your hands or feet until the water is cool.
Fresh Ginger Root Tea & Foot Bath
1 inch knob of fresh ginger (grated or minced)
2 cups water
Add the ginger root and water to a small to medium size pan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat.
Using Ginger for Inflammatory Pain
Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds and is a good home remedy for sore throats, asthma, arthritis, and other conditions that are improved by reducing inflammation. When herbs reduce inflammation, they also ease pain.
When used both topically and in tea, ginger has been shown to reduce the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also relieve muscle pain from working out. Just a word of caution, because ginger is so warming, you should avoid using it on inflamed muscles.
For topical use, ginger essential oil diluted with a carrier oil or an infused ginger oil or salve can be extremely beneficial. I don’t recommend using essential oils internally unless it’s stated that you can on the label.
Homemade Ginger Ale recipe for Nausea & nice bubbly treat
Vegetarian • Gluten free • Paleo
1/2 cup: Ginger, fresh thin
1: Lemon and lime, fresh
1/4 cup: Honey, raw
1: Sparkling mineral water
1 cup: Water
1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh ginger, sliced thin, fresh lemon and lime
1/4-1/2 cup raw honey
sparkling mineral water, unflavored seltzer or organic club soda
Add the ginger root and water to a small to medium size saucepan and simmer over low heat until the liquid had reduced by half, about 20-30 minutes.
Strain the ginger from the liquid and return the liquid to the pan.
Stir in the honey until well combined. (You’ve now made a ginger syrup which you can also use for coughs, colds, sore throats and nausea.)
Allow your ginger syrup to cool completely in the refrigerator.
To make your ginger ale, add 1-2 tbsp of ginger syrup to a cup of cold sparkling mineral water, unflavored seltzer or club soda. Add some fresh lemon and lime juice (to taste) and serve cold.
Your ginger syrup will keep in the refrigerator for at least a month and once made, it’s easy to make some ginger ale at a moment’s notice!
What are some of your favorite ways you use ginger root, Recipes/ home remedies? Let me know in the comments section below!