Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years as a remedy for innumerable ailments from the top to the bottom of the human body. Hong Kong boat dwellers are known to chew it for motion sickness.
Practitioners of folk medicine brew ginger tea to soothe indigestion, stomachache, nausea, whooping cough, and fever. Ginger tea with honey and lemon is an age-old favorite, used as a remedy for indigestion, cramps, nausea, colds, and flu. The tea is made by grating one ounce of fresh or dried ginger root into a pint of water and simmering for 10 minutes.
To make a ginger fomentation (strong infusion) for soothing external aches and discomforts from the outside in, simmer five ounces of dried ginger in two quarts of water for 10 minutes. Soak a cloth in the liquid, then apply the fomentation to the affected area; keep re-applying to keep it warm. Reddening of skin indicates increased circulation; if itching, discomfort, or other signs of irritation appear, discontinue use.
A massage oil for muscles can be made by combining ginger fomentation with equal parts of sesame or olive oil (shake well before using). To soothe an earache, put a few drops of this mixture on a piece of cotton and insert into the ear.
Ginger can be used in the in the bathtub to promote perspiration which is believed to support the body in natural detoxification processes. Many say that a ginger bath helps relax and relieve tired, achy muscles after over exercising. Add 3-4 tablespoons per full bathtub of warm (not hot) water. It is helpful to place the ginger in a large tea bag or tied bundle of cheesecloth so you do not have ginger floaties in the bath with you!
Ginger is an excellent herbal source of trace minerals, especially silicon, magnesium and manganese.
Pregnancy/Lactation: Ginger Root is generally considered safe for pregnancy and lactation, but we suggest that you speak with your healthcare practitioner or herbalist prior to starting any new herb.