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Ginger: Infused

26 January

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Ginger is pretty magical stuff. Especially if you have any kind of digestive distress. And really, who among us does not sometimes?

In days past, the remedy for any stomach issue was a glass of ginger ale. At least in my 1980’s and 90’s world it was. It’s the most popular drink ordered on airplane flights for a reason. It really does help with nausea! A study in the British Medical Journal Lancet found that ginger was more effective than Dramamine in relieving motion sickness. That fizzy sweet-but-sharp glass of Schwepps ginger ale (and I know some folks were hard-core about their Canada Dry) was the cure all for all of my stomach aches, gurgles, and dizzies that accompanied the first 29 years of my life.

Kicking the sugar habit did a lot for my digestion, but losing that ginger ale was just plain sad! Luckily, I discovered that the magic ingredient in ginger ale was affordable, accessible, and really easy to use. Enter raw ginger root. It looks like this:

ginger

There are properties in the ginger root that do everything from relax the intestinal tract to relieve vomiting and nausea. Needless to say, it makes a fantastic remedy for morning sickness in pregnant women. I remember sucking pieces in my cheek throughout my first trimester, and being a tad amazed it worked so well. Beyond digestion, the warming properties of ginger can boost immunity, effectively treating and preventing cold and flu. Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Some ginger fans find that it can even work wonders topically, soaked into a compress for arthritic joints or placed directly on the head for a migraine. Besides helping calm the inflammation in the body, there is actually an extract in ginger that inhibits inflammatory genes from ever even forming! Fascinating.

So why are we all not eating more of this stuff? You might be walking right by it in the grocery store – it often sits in the section with the other strange gnarly looking produce. It’s super spicy, but not like hot-sauce. Like ginger. And most people tend to really like it! Here’s a great tutorial on working with ginger. Did you know you can peel the skin off with the back of a spoon?!

Many Asian recipes call for it to be used fresh; you can chop it or break it down using a fine grater like a microplane. It makes anything taste pretty awesome, and you don’t have to be making a stir-fry to use it. Try it in kale you are sauteeing or beef you are browning. Throw a small knob in a smoothie you are whizzing up, it gives such fantastic zip to the drink! It’s prefect added to a blender-made salad dressing, and of course, when cooked with carrots and pureed into a silky smooth soup.

These days, my favorite way to use it is as a digestive aid. I honestly feel like it calms the stomach knots that happen when my body is uncertain about something I have eaten. My method of choice? An infusion of ginger. This preparation takes all of the healing properties of the ginger root and infuses them into water. It’s pretty amazing.

Ginger Infusion

Infusions are simple to make, you have all heard us sing the praises of the simple and powerful Stinging Nettles Infusion. Ginger is prepared much the same way. You just have to have a bit of foresight and allow it to sit. Basically, I get around this by just habitually making it and keeping it on hand. It takes exactly 1 minute to prep and then it just sits. No excuses!

GINGER INFUSION
Fresh ginger
Clean boiling water
Mason jar

Place slices of ginger in the bottom of the jar.
Pour boiling water to fill jar.
Cover immediately and allow to steep for 4-8 hours.

I like to make it in the evening, push it aside, and strain it in the morning to drink as a stomach-soothing tonic. That’s usually when my gut is at it’s most unsure. A small cup works wonders, and then you can store the remainder of the infusion in the refrigerator to use it all week long. Try a splash in smoothies and tea, or sip hot or cold whenever a stomach ache bout of nausea comes on.

Heated and mixed with raw honey and lemon it is a beautiful cure-all for tummy troubles or cold symptoms!

I imagine if you had a Soda Stream, you could make it bubbly, add some sweetener, and call it a ginger ale. For me, I don’t miss the soda stuff. Feeling the benefits of ginger {and any Real Food for that matter!} healing and helping my body is so much sweeter than a glass of Schwepps could ever be.

 

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Ryanna Battiste, Integrative Health Coach

Ryanna is a coach, accomplished speaker, and recipe developer with extensive experience helping women cultivate a mindset of self-love so they may heal and thrive while developing new habits in the kitchen.

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3 Responses to “Ginger: Infused”

  1. Denise January 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    I add slices of ginger to my Kefir water. I love it!

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