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Ginger Root
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Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. It is an herbaceous perennial which grows annual pseudostems about a meter tall bearing narrow leaf blades.

How to Grow Ginger

Soak the ginger root in warm water overnight to prepare for planting.

Fill a shallow, wide plant pot (ginger roots grow horizontally) with rich, well-draining potting soil.

Place the ginger root with the eye bud pointing up and cover it with 1-2 inches more of soil. Water lightly. Read More

Fresh Ginger
Fresh ginger is a staple in my kitchen. It is an extremely versatile ingredient that shows up in any course, from savory to sweet, be it main, beverage, dessert, or salad.

It can even be medicine - hot ginger tea with lemon, honey and brandy will cure what ails you.

Benefits
Root or powdered ginger adds flavor to many dishes, and it can benefit health too.

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions

However, some herbs and spices may offer additional health benefits. One of these is ginger.

Scientific analysis shows that ginger contains hundreds of compounds and metabolites, some of which may contribute to health and healing. One of these is:

Cold and flu relief
During cold weather, drinking ginger tea is good way to keep warm. It is diaphoretic, which means that it promotes sweating, working to warm the body from within.

To make ginger tea at home, slice 20 to 40 grams (g) of fresh ginger and steep it in a cup of hot water. Adding a slice of lemon or a drop of honey adds flavor and additional benefits, including vitamin C and antibacterial properties.

This makes a soothing natural remedy for a cold or flu.

Ginger Root Tea
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Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea. When made with fresh ginger root, it will be far tastier than ginger tea brewed from a stale tea bag.

It's a healthy drink that's great for digestion, with a reputation for being soothing and healing.

Try this simple and easy-to-make ginger tea as an invigorating way to start your day.

This recipe comes from a raw food and natural health retreat center in Thailand. They serve it to their guests bright and early every morning.

The secret to the perfect healing ginger tea is lots and lots of fresh ginger, simmered for a long time to bring out the flavor. You really can't overdo it, so feel free to add as much ginger and keep it simmering for as long as you want.

Natural agave nectar or honey is used as a sugar-free sweetener. You can also enjoy it unsweetened, depending on your health goals or personal taste.

Some people like it sweeter, but it's still delicious unsweetened. Fresh lime juice complements the ginger perfectly and adds some vitamin C to start the day.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons ginger root (fresh, raw, about 2 inches of ginger root)
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1 to 2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar, to taste)
Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (juice of 1/2 lime)

Steps to Make It
First, prepare the fresh ginger by peeling it and slicing it thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.

Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger.

Remove it from the heat and add the lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.

Enjoy your hot ginger tea. A homemade ginger tea is excellent in soothing stomach aches and in aiding digestion. You might also like to try this recipe with brown rice syrup as an alternative sweetener.


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