Nutritional Support: Ginger Root

ginger-rootI do love me some ginger.

One of the first things I did when I was on my first round was figure out a way I could make my favorite Asian dressing and still be legal on protocol.  My experiment turned out well and it became one of my staples for all my rounds.  I even made a video on how to make the dressing.  Please try not to laugh too hard ok?  My southern accent is pretty darn thick.

Here is a print out of the recipe.

I bring this up because in that video I gave the viewers a little trick on how to mince ginger pretty darn easily, and I have been doing it that way for decades.

Not any more.

Recently I learned a new trick using one of my favorite kitchen appliances, the Oster 4 Cup Food Processor.  Instead of keeping my ginger whole in the freezer and then mincing it as I need it, I now bring it home, wash off all the dirt, then break it into pieces.  I fill up my Oster with the pieces and then with the chopping blade go to town until it’s minced to my preference, which usually looks like this:

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At that point I take it and put it in a Ziploc freezer quart bag, flatten it out , making sure all the air is out, and then place it flat in the freezer.

Now when I need ginger, I just break off a piece and I am done, no more mincing with that grater!  Yeah me!

I want to talk about ginger for a second, now that I have updated my little “trick”.

It seems I tend to crave ginger when my stomach is upset.  I practically lived on homemade Ginger Ale a couple of weeks ago when I had that nasty stomach bug that is going around.

Even though it’s best known for it’s soothing gastrointestinal effect,  ginger can be beneficial for other health issues.

When my clients catch a cold, I usually ask them to make chicken soup and put as much ginger and cilantro (another great medicinal herb) as they can stand in it, which will help with the excess mucus and also soothe the throat and help with any inflammation that usually accompanies a cold.

Ginger has been linked to help with cancer, menstrual cramps, gas, and motion sickness.  It can boost the immune system, and is said to be better for staph infections than antibiotics.

All I know is that I like the taste.  And now, it’s readily available in my freezer anytime I need it.

Here is a page that will tell you everything  you ever wanted to know about ginger, but were afraid to ask.  Just a note, these are the kinds of pages I read every day.  I am nuts.  I know.  ::giggle::

But that is how I learn.

Do you do something interesting with ginger?  Tell me about it in the comment section below.

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9 Comments on Nutritional Support: Ginger Root

  1. Marcia DesRosiers says:

    I have a friend who has been having migraines and just went and saw a neurologist – one of his recommendations was to take ginger root (and a small amount of caffeine) at the onset of a migraine – immediate relief!!

    how cool is that?

    • Biz says:

      Ugh! I forgot to mention that it helps migraines, shoot! Yes, I read that in my research as well, and said, wish I had known that when I used to get migraines every third day!

  2. Marcia DesRosiers says:

    P.S. – do you leave the “husk” on when in the processor or peel it first?

    • Biz says:

      In my research, there are beneficial qualities in the husk. Some people don’t like it, it has never bothered me. I scrub mine first with a toothbrush and then throw it all in.

  3. Joan says:

    I have never tried your Asian Dressing. When I would think about trying it…I would not have any ginger. After reading about your new freezer method for ginger…and after reading articles recently about growing ginger in a pot to harvest pieces of as you need them… I stopped and bought two nice organic pieces yesterday. One to fix by your method for the freezer and one to grow… Thanks, Biz!

    • Biz says:

      Ginger is truly one of those things you should always have on hand. And I neglected to put this in the article, but that dressing can be made into a P3/P4 dressing by adding some good quality sesame oil, yum!

  4. Joan says:

    The ginger I planted finally has some sprouts! Yay!!

  5. becky says:

    Hi Biz….I also do a ginger bath to detox….. 2 cups Epsom, 1 c bak soda and I use about 1/4 cup ginger (organic powder) and you need to spend 40 minutes in the water with this. I start sweating after about 20 minutes. As you can you can add a little more ginger ….. search it on the net for a lot more detail but I do this at least once a month for general maintenance.

    • Biz Buzz says:

      OOOOOO, that sounds absolutely DIVINE! Think I will try that!

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