When you get sick, the immediate remedy without fail is always to have a tea with an element of ginger involved. It is a beloved ingredient used in various ways, from food preparation to traditional medicine in many cultures, being the one root ingredient that is here to stay because of its many healing properties. Thanks to its pungent flavor, ginger is considered a warming food in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Not only is it good for dispelling cold and warming up the body, it helps with many ailments including stomach ache, nausea, cholera, haemorrhage, rheumatism, and toothaches. Truly nature’s miracle!
Read on to discover what other benefits Ginger can provide.
Young Ginger vs Old Ginger: What’s the difference?
Young Ginger: Harvested halfway through its growth cycle, its skin is thinner, pinkish, and paler color, it’s considered to be borderline neutral to warming in TCM properties, promotes appetites and aids digestion. The easiest example of young ginger are the picked gingers that come with your sushi. It is believed that young ginger can balance out the cooling effects of eating sushi or sashimi. If you love the ginger you get at sushi, don’t be afraid to have more of it!
Old Ginger: on the other hand is harvested throughout the growing cycle with even more warming and potent properties. You can easily get this from the produce section in the supermarket. Old ginger is fibrous and isn’t the best for direct consumption, but it's the perfect ingredient when steaming fish (yum!), baking chicken, stir-frying pork and more. Also a little tip to help when you feel nauseous? Put a slice of fresh old ginger under your tongue, as an easy breezy home remedy to prevent it.
A Wonder Tea For Your Cabinet
Looking above and beyond when it comes to potency levels within ginger? Dried ginger is the key and commonly used in ginger tea, best taken in the morning to kickstart the body. Though with potency comes the high’s and low’s. The high’s being that ginger tea can help you get over a cold or even alleviate PMS symptoms. Studies have even shown that ginger extracts can be as good as ibuprofen for menstrual pain relief.
Everything in moderation comes into play when it comes to the low’s. If you’re experiencing acne, sore throat, constipation, dry mouth and insomnia. Take a break from your ginger tea if you’re consuming too much of it at one go.
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