Thursday, January 29, 2009
Ginger: A Tasty Remedy
Yummy remedy for dizziness and nausea.
Ginger is one of my favorite remedies. It tastes great and works wonders! It goes to work quickly to allay nausea and is a natural for preventing motion sickness or making it go away. Even pregnant women can safely take ginger, and it is reputed to help the nausea of pregnancy.
It doesn't matter what form you take it in. If you like the convenience of pills - or don't like the taste of ginger - there are tablets and capsules. If you like ginger snaps or ginger bread, eat 'em up! If you like ginger ale, ginger beer (a stronger form of ginger ale), ginger tea, fresh ginger, pickled ginger, or crystallized ginger, enjoy!
A note on crystallized ginger: buy it by the bag at a health food store, not in the spice section of a supermarket unless it's an emergency. You'll save money and get more ginger!
When my kids were still at home we'd keep a bottle or two of Canada Dry ginger ale on hand in case of stomach viruses. If we heard something was going around we'd all drink it as a preventative measure. If a stomach virus suddenly appeared, ginger ale was there to help!
Nowadays I have more problems with dizziness and vertigo than with nausea or stomach viruses, and I keep crystallized ginger on hand. When an episode strikes me I hold onto the counter, reach for the ginger bag, stick a piece in my mouth, chew, and hold it in my mouth for a few minutes before swallowing. There are lots of blood vessels under the tongue to help it absorb quickly.
Crystallized ginger is also convenient to carry around. It isn't heavy and won't spoil or spill. You can knock off some of the excess sugar if you want before placing in an airtight container, such as a small Ziploc. Place that in a cloth pouch if you want to protect the plastic and avoid sugar messes.
Read more about ginger:
Ginger - history, uses, and precautions.
Ginger Recipes at Eating Well.
How to Make Candied Ginger - recipe and helpful tips
How to Make Pickled Ginger - at Recipe Zaar
The Ginger People - A business and website devoted to quality ginger products.
Note: link to The Ginger People is not an affiliate link, but these links to ginger supplements and candied ginger at Amazon.com are.