How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from chemical compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.
Ginger Root Zingiber officinale.
Medicinal Properties: Very effective for nausea, and even the guys from the T.V. show Myth Busters proved it works better than anything else for motion sickness. It also stimulates digestion and can help with gas. Studies have also concluded that ginger works for allergy-related asthma and is also anti-inflammatory and may help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke due to its ability to reduce blood platelet clumping.
Very recent studies have proven ginger can help prevent and and even reverse colon cancer. See our article in our archives by doing a search at the top of this page for ginger root.
How to Use: Tea, or my favorite is the crystallized ginger because I can keep it with me in my purse, or take it to work, and I always have some on hand. Ginger powder, used as a spice, is not very effective at all. Ginger works best in the form of the fresh root or dehydrated root. Grated ginger root is the most effective and you can sprinkle it in drinks, on salads, cereals or anything that can use a kick.
Parts Used: Root
Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
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