Ginger – Republished

Issue published June 2019

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Letter from the editor

Ginger was one of the first issues we published at Natural Herbal Living. With the outbreak of COVID-19, I thought it would be a good time to dust off this past issue, add some updates, and bring this spicy, immune-supporting herb back into the forefront. My family and I had COVID-19 in March. At the time we weren’t tested, because testing wasn’t available, but I have since gotten an antibody test, which came back positive. Ginger was a very large part of my family’s COVID treatment.

I am not going to get into herbal approaches for the virus because a number of herbalists are specializing in that. Rather, I will point to their work, so check your email! I’ll be sending along herbal resources from well known, science-based herbalists discussing the outbreak, herbal remedies, and energetics. The key advice I give everyone is take vitamin C daily, take a zinc supplement, be sure your vitamin D levels are good (not adequate, but “good”), wear a mask, wash your hands, and follow the safety recommendations. Otherwise, COVID treatment is very personal as with any other herbal treatments.

Each body is different and has different needs energetically. Although a disease might also have an energetic pattern, in herbalism, we try to balance the energies to make the body as resilient and healthy as possible. Ginger is interesting energetically: Fresh ginger is warm and moist, but dry ginger is hot and dry.

When I was in the middle of COVID, I found both to be useful at different times of my treatment. Fresh ginger was simmered in a large pot of water, which was then used to brew my herbal teas. This was to encourage circulation, warm the body (I couldn’t spike a fever to save my life), ease digestion, and it helped a lot with my lack of a sense of taste or smell.

I also made fresh ginger candy with honey and chewed it constantly to thin the mucus from my sinuses and lungs so I could get rid of it more easily. The leftover ginger-infused honey from making the candy was added to almost everything I drank for the same reason. I even bought high-quality ginger ale (made with real herbs not just flavorings) to clear the mucus from the back of my throat. The bubbles helped a lot with that.

I used dry ginger powder in baths to encourage sweating and ease muscle pain and body aches. COVID was very drying to my body, so I chose not to consume dry ginger in a tea.

As you can see, ginger played a big role in our house when dealing with this particular disease. Although COVID-19 didn’t exist when this was first published, I believe the principles in this issue will help those dealing with this virus and re-affirm ginger’s steadfast position in our herbal cupboard as a must-have herb.

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Articles

Ginger Monograph
A Profile on Ginger Essential Oils
Flower Essence Profile
Ginger Tea
Ginger for Headaches
Ginger for Ears
Candied Ginger
Kid’s Ginger Tea Party
Ginger Honey
My Journey to Ginger Tartlets
Herbal Vinegars, Oils, and Tinctures

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