Yes, the title of this post is a pun upon an old Judy Garland song and the official name of Ginger (Zingiber officinale); Family: Zingiberaceae. So shoot me! But “Zing” is right because not only does it it zing, but how can you help but sing with fresh ginger about!
Ginger is something that goes so well with so many herbal remedies, like the photo above where it was part of the Cider which can’t be named (which I talked about a while back…)
Ginger is offered in many forms including powdered, pickled, etc. – but nothing beats the joy of fresh ginger root which thankfully you can find pretty readily in most stores. So you have no excuse not be making things from fresh!
Ginger is great classically for digestive issues and as a carminative and I consider it a go to for such issues and I make a pretty yummy fresh Ginger glyceride for the occasional stomach upset and often carry it with me for after meals out or at potlucks where you never know how you’re going to react the food.
I also pressed out a Ginger- Angelica tincture which I made recently.
which while a powerful anti-gas remedy (especially since Angelica is also a potent carminative by itself and I often keep a tincture of it about for the occasional mild gas) – it is sort of the thing only a herbalist can love. And as you see above Herbal Kitty is so not impressed – even if he is a ginger tom himself.
Because of it’s powerful digestive powers, I also use it before meals in the form of ginger based bitters (infuse some fresh ginger, lemon/orange peel, burdock and yellowdock root with at least 40% alcohol for several week and you have a great pre-meal digestive bitter.)
Beyond it’s digestive magic, Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory and stimulates circulation. I’ve infused it into sesame oil along with fresh Ashwagandha root to make a great oil for sore joints and muscles.
I also just plain love, love Ginger when it’s cold and flu season. Its antiseptic properties and affinity for respiratory issues make Ginger tea magic in the fall and winter!
Ginger tea is also great for nausea and motion sickness – yummy and healing!
If tea is not your thing infuse ginger and lemon together in honey for a yummy cold aid.
With so much good to it – you should be singing its praises too – Zing, zing, zing – Zingiber officianale!