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