ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Root ginger can be used for in salads, green drinks and many other recipes.
- For salads simply cut off a small thumb nail sized piece, chop it very finely, and sprinkle it over the salad.
- For green drinks simply juice a small chunk followed by the other ingredients.
- For fruit salads, chop the required amount very finely and sprinkle it in. Leave it to marinate a little if you have time.
- For making crackers and similar recipes, you can simply chop up the required amount in the seed grinder so that it is very fine before adding to the mix in the food processor.
- Ginger is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems. It has also been indicated for arthritis, fevers, headaches, toothaches, coughs, bronchitis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, to ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and blood-pressure and aid in preventing internal blood clots.