In addition to spiking your meals and drinks, this spicy rhizome is a saviour for myriad ailments, from motion sickness to sniffles. Try it for yourself: Brew a cup of our healing tea and reap ginger's golden rewards.
• Ginger is prized for its ability to help calm the digestive tract, reducing indigestion and nausea associated with morning sickness and motion sickness. Its active ingredients, gingerols and shogaols, neutralize stomach acids, which, in turn, prevents bloating.
• Studies show that daily consumption of anti-inflammatory ginger (raw or cooked) can relieve joint stiffness and exercise-induced pain.
• Ginger helps boost your immune system since it may promote healthy perspiration, which can ward off germs. Fever and sweating are your body's ways of kicking out an infection.
HOW TO USE FRESH GINGER
Peel the thin outer layer using the edge of a spoon, then grate the flesh or slice it into matchsticks and add it to a smoothie, soup or stir-fry. To store, wrap unpeeled ginger in paper towel, then tightly pack it in a resealable bag; refrigerate it in the crisper for up to three weeks. Freeze one-tablespoon mounds of grated ginger for up to six months.
ADD IT TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
Incorporate antioxidant ginger into your personal-care routine.
Saje Ginger-Aide Soothing Lemon Ginger Drops, $9, saje.com. Dr. Bronner's Organic Lip Balm in Orange Ginger, $6, well.ca. Skinceuticals Daily Moisture, $78, skinceuticals.ca. Herbivore Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner, $40, sephora.ca.
INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR DIET
Brew a cup of our healing Ginger Mint Tea and reap ginger's golden rewards.