Let Food Be Thy Medicine…

Last week our family went on vacation. It was a combination of a family reunion on a beautiful lake in Virginia, and a college visiting tour.  There was lots of driving, eating food that wasn’t always organic, and a weekend full of hot, humid air and lots of sun.  We sped in a boat, water-skied, wake boarded, and went tubing.  At one point I feared one of them would get a concussion as I watched their heads and bodies bounce all over Smith Mountain Lake. All I could picture was their brains hitting their skulls.

They all complained of headaches during the vacation, including my husband and me.  Did I pull out the acetaminophen or ibuprofen? Not once. Did I give them something that made them feel better? Every time.  Besides making sure they were hydrated with plenty of water, (we brought the Zero water filter to get the F out,) I also had two remedies in my purse which really helped. One was ginger tablets, the other was tumeric. Today I’m going to tell you about ginger:



We keep ginger root in the freezer at all times at home. We always buy organic ginger, because we eat the skin too.  Simply pull it out of the freezer and grate it with a microplane into any recipe that calls for it; if you freeze it, you always have it on hand. (It is really good paired with garlic.)

When someone in the family feels sick – headache, sore throat, cold symptoms, or stomach ache, take a large chunk of ginger and toss it in a coffee or spice grinder with a shot glass full of juice. (We like to use tart cherry juice for it’s anti inflammatory properties and low sugar content.)  Pour it in a shot glass and “knock it back.” (My 16 year old son gets such a kick out of his mother telling him to do that!)  Ginger is also available in capsule form, which is convenient for having on hand in a purse or suitcase.

Most people associate ginger with anti nausea properties, but it is also an anti-inflammatory and can relieve pain like headache, menstrual cramps, and joint pain. Ginger also has antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic properties. It is an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve joint pain, menstrual pain, headaches, and more.

Ginger may help reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, and has been shown to work better than a placebo in relieving morning sickness.
University of Maryland Medical Center, Ginger

Indigestion:  Ginger contains powerful protein-digesting enzymes and helps the stomach to move its contents quickly through it to the small intestine. It’s also an antispasmodic agent, which may help alleviate abdominal cramping.

You can make real ginger ale by steeping fresh ginger in filtered boiling water for a few minutes to a few hours.  Make simple syrup with filtered water and organic cane sugar (or sweeten the ginger water with raw honey.)  Add carbonated water to the sweet ginger water and give your family a REAL remedy for what ails them! (Ginger ale as it once was, – not high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring and fluoride-filled chlorine-filled water.)



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