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Medicine in your garden series: How many ways do you use ginger?

Medicine in your garden series: How many ways do you use ginger? | Mr Vitamins
  Ginger is such a versatile plant, there are so many ways in which it can be used, both for food and as a remedy. As a remedy ginger can be used in the form of a herbal extract, an essential oil, a spice in food or drink, to increase circulation, reduce inflammation or settle digestive upsets. It can also be used as a poultice on an area of pain.

To make a poultice:

Place ¼ cup of grated ginger, into a saucepan and add enough water to just cover.  Heat until ginger softens then let it cool until a comfortable temperature to apply to skin.   Wrap in a muslin or cheesecloth, then place on the area of pain.

When to use Ginger

Helpful in circulation and inflammation, the following are specific conditions for which this herb is indicated: :
  • nausea
  • fever
  • arthritis
  • endometriosis
  • painful period pain
  • colic
  • poor circulation
  • digestive bloating and flatulence

Care needed

Although considered a safe herb, even natural medicines need care. Always tell your doctor of any supplements you are taking. Care should be exercised using ginger in the following:
  • pregnancy, as a supplement use only in low doses, instead consider inhalation of the essential oil for nausea
  • can be irritating to peptic and gastric ulcers
  • if there is heartburn or a sensitive stomach
It should not be used:
  • in children under the age of 6
  • when taking warfarin or other blood thinning medications.

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Pain-Relief-WorkshopMaria Mitchell is a fully qualified Aromatherapist and Herbalist whose passion has led her into teaching, and writing about the healing power of Aromatherapy. You can learn more about Maria here Join Maria in her Healthy Ways for Pain Relief Workshopand learn a multifaceted approach to pain relief for yourself and your family – and much much more. References: Braun L, Cohen M. Herbs & Natural Supplements. Churchill LIvingstone 2007 Thomsen M, Gennat H. Phytotherapy Desk Reference. Global Natural Medicine 2009