According to Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicine, spices have a very important role in maintaining our balance. They have powerful healing powers as well as impart flavors and wonderful smells at mealtimes.

What happens is that many people do not know how to use them, nor know the benefits of each and how to prepare them with the food. With this in mind, I decided to make a short series of posts dealing with some of the spices I  most  use in my daily life and give tips on how you can (and should)  include them in your diet.

The universal remedy. You know what I’m talking about? One of the most known and used spices in the Western world: ginger. Widely used in cases of colds, flu and sore throat, with this post I will show  many other “powers” of this typical spicy root of oriental cuisine.

Ginger, like cinnamon, is rich in thermogenic substances which activate the metabolism of the organism and enhance the burning of body fat and thus a good ally to anyone who wants to lose weight. It relieves swelling and bloating caused by gas and is a last resort to digest toxins. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory power, ginger is still used to alleviate pain resulting from arthritis, muscle pain, respiratory tract infections, cough and bronchitis.

It is a spice that stimulates the appetite and our agni (digestive fire), which is so important for proper digestion to occur. It is a good resource to relieve nausea and vomiting and indicated for sore throat and dry cough.

According to Ayurveda, ginger should not be used in cases of bleeding, skin disease, fever and must be consumed with moderation by those people suffering from gastritis, excessive appetite and intense heat.

The following is a list of foods with ginger are great for your health:

  • Grate the ginger and squeeze out the chips by hand or using a cloth to get the juice. Mix this juice with honey, lemon juice and a pinch of salt and you have a powerful ally for your digestive fire.
  • Ginger juice with black pepper is great for sputum
  • Chewing a small piece of ginger before meals stimulates appetite and cleans the tongue, sharpening the palate.
  • Ginger tea is good for colds. Cut into slivers and boil in water for 15 minutes.

Also you can use ginger in the preparation of vegetables, soups (try putting into pumpkin cream), juices and cakes. The easiest versions to find are natural and powder.

Ginger it up!