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Ginger
Known in India as vishwabeshaj or the universal medicine,
ginger is an irreplaceable addition to your spice apothecary.
Recent medical trials have supported its traditional
prescription for morning and motion sickness. Try chewing
on a slice of fresh ginger or enjoy a cup of ginger tea to alleviate
these conditions.
An addition to about 80% of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines,
ginger has a long history as a remedy for poor circulation,
coughs, colds, flu, nausea, and poor digestion. To
improve circulation in winter, try a morning cup of ginger
root, cinnamon quill, and pepper tea. Combine 5 slices of
fresh ginger, 1 cinnamon stick, and 2 peppercorns in 1 cup
of boiling water. Reduce to one cup, strain, and add honey
to taste before drinking. It can keep you warm all day. To
soothe lower backache, sciatica, and kidney pain, a poultice
can be applied in the early phase of the condition. When selecting
ginger, choose a root with smooth skin, that is hard,
and that has no green color or mould. The resin of the skin
can upset the stomach, so peel this off before adding the
grated, diced, or thinly sliced root to dishes. Dry ginger is
stronger than fresh ginger, so use it sparingly.

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