In traditional holistic medicine, ginger is often used in the treatment of various diseases, ranging from nausea to pain. Ginger has the ability to reduce nausea and vomiting, but that’s not all.
The list of benefits offered by this spice seems to be endless. For more than 2000 years, the Chinese have used ginger to treat nausea, digestive disorders, arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
Ginger is the most versatile condiment known; it has the ability to reduce chronic inflammation, pain and migraines. It is also beneficial in the treatment of ulcer, gout and diabetes. Ginger contains gingerol and shogaol, two active compounds that give ginger its amazing healing powers.
Ginger is a spice rich in potassium, a mineral important for the normal functioning of the cardiovascular system; it also contains manganese, a mineral that increases resistance to various diseases and has the ability to strengthen the lining of the heart and the cardiovascular system.
Besides, ginger is rich in silica, a mineral that helps maintain healthy skin, hair, teeth and nails. It contains vitamins A, C, E and B, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium and beta-carotene.
Ginger beer – the recipe
• 250 grams of finely chopped fresh ginger
• 500 ml water
• Carbonated water
• Juice of 1 lime
Boil the water. When the water begins to boil, add the ginger. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture boil for 3-4 minutes. Then remove it from the heat and strain.
The drinks are served as follows: 1 part ginger syrup and 3 parts carbonated water. Serve with ice and sweeten to taste with honey. Add a dash of lime juice and ginger beer is ready!