In traditional holistic medicine, ginger has long been held in high esteem. It is frequently used to treat a variety of ailments including nausea, stomach upset, arthritis and heart disease. It also reduces chronic inflammation, pain and migraine headaches. And of all the ways to consume ginger, homemade ginger ale may be the easiest and most delicious.
Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. The active compounds in ginger that provide its healing power are gingerol and shogaol, known to be beneficial in treating ulcers, gout and the complications of diabetes. It is also high in potassium, a mineral vital for correct heart function, and maganese, which increases resistance to disease. Manganese also strengthens the body’s circulatory system and the lining of the heart. Other minerals are phosphorus, sodium, iron, calcium and zinc.
Silicon is another component of ginger. It supports healthy skin, hair, teeth and nails. Ginger contains vitamins A, C., E. and B complex. It is high in beta-carotene.
Research studies have proven that ginger reduces muscle pain and back pain. For women, ginger reduces menstrual pain. Science has demonstrated ginger’s anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, proving it inhibits the formation of inflammatory compounds.
One of the best known uses of ginger is the treatment of nausea. Ginger is more effective in treating nausea and indigestion than many commercial antacids. For cold and flu symptoms, ginger is as effective as many antihistamines and decongestants. A good recipe for colds and coughing can be made by brewing ginger and tamarind leaves in hot water, then crushing them and adding some honey.
Now you’re convinced of the benefit of using ginger, try this great recipe for Homemade Ginger Ale:
1 cup peeled, finely chopped ginger
2 cups purified water
raw honey (optional)
1 lemon, juiced
Boil 2 cups of water, and add ginger. Reduce the heat to medium low, then let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain.
To serve, use one part ginger syrup and three parts sparkling water. Serve on the rocks. Sweeten the drink to your taste with raw honey or stevia, and add a little lemon juice. Enjoy!