from the website Nutrition Facts
Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is a traditional ingredient in prescriptions to ensure absorption through the stomach to all parts of the body. As a diffusive stimulant it starts at the capillaries and works its way back to the heart. Thus, its application for poor circulation in peripheral areas - cold hands and feet have
found a warm friend in Ginger. Ginger is thought to have blood-thinning properties and the ability to lower
blood cholesterol levels. Therefore, it may help in preventing heart attacks. It is a blood stimulant and cleansing herb. It is also used for respiratory problems such as colds, sore throats, bronchitis, congestion, headaches and pain.
Ginger is also known to help with nausea, kidney problems, heart problems, fever, vomiting, cramps and in herbal combinations to aid in the effectiveness of other herbs. It is used for numerous ailments, including menstrual problems, inflammation, arthritis, high cholesterol, liver problems, gastrointestinal problems and motion sickness. Recent research has shown there are two natural antibiotics in Ginger and that it has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Another recent study involved patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had tried numerous conventional drugs which provided only temporary or partial relief. All of the patients reported significant improvement, pain relief, reduction in swelling and improved mobility from Ginger therapy.
Ginger is probably best known for its positive effect on the gastrointestinal system. It has the ability to relieve dizziness and motion sickness without causing drowsiness. It also eases morning sickness.
Ginger for cancer A study in mice found that the mice given gingerol, the antioxidant found in ginger which gives it its distinctive flavor, had less tumors and their size was significantly smaller than those of mice who didn’t get gingerol. In another study, mice that had been injected with cancer cells and given ginger had protection against the forming of colon cancer.
Ginger for morning sickness Research has revealed that 125mg of ginger extract taken 4 times daily for 4 days reduced morning sickness significantly in women who were less than 20 weeks pregnant.In other research, 53% of women who were less than 16 weeks pregnant who consumed a 1.05 gram ginger capsule reported a reduction in both vomiting and nausea associated with pregnancy.
Ginger for motion sickness Studies have shown that ginger has a substantial effect on both the prevention and treatment of motion sickness.
Ginger for osteoarthritis A study has found that individuals having osteoarthritis who had ingested ginger extract had a greater reduction in knee pain compared to those who did not ingest ginger.
History of Ginger Ginger originated in China, Southeastern Asia and India, where it has been used as a culinary spice no less than 4,400 years ago. Ginger was brought from China by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago. The Spanish introduced ginger to Mexico and South America.
China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria and Thailand are presently the main producers of ginger.
You can find it in our Cleansing, Stress Release, Vitality and Women's Blend Teas. It is also available as a single herb.