Ginger is my go to herb for fall. Not only is ginger perfect for baking delicious fall treats it is also a powerful herb that is a must have for all types of illness.
Here are 7 Tops Reasons Ginger in an Amazing Herb for Fall
1. Ginger is warming
If you experience coldness or numbness consider drinking a cup of warm ginger tea or making a ginger bath for your feet. Ginger stimulate your blood circulation.
2. Ginger relieves congestion
You can make a ginger compress and place it on your chest to break up congestion or on your nasal passage to relieve pressure from sinus infection. Ginger clears phelm, helping you to rest at ease and heal.
3. Ginger is good for coughs
Ginger is an expectant, making the cough more productive. I add ginger to tea, soups and homemade cough syrup.
4. Ginger stimulates the immune system
Two of my favorite immune boosting/stimulating herbs are elderberry and Echinacea unfortunately they shouldn’t be taken on a regular basis. That’s where ginger comes in, unless you are prepping for surgery, are taking a blood thinner or are experiencing excessive bleeding you can take ginger all the time! Ginger helps fight off both bacterial and viral infections. It can even prevent infection in the first place.
5. Ginger helps with fevers
I stopped treating fevers with over the counter medicine a couple years ago. Fevers are actually beneficial for your body because it is the bodies natural way of fighting infection. (You can read more about that here.) Ginger slightly raises the body temperature helping to fight the infection. It also opens the pores, allowing sweat to be produced. The fever leaves the body when you break out into a sweat.
6. Ginger be easily found
Unlike most herbs ginger is easy to come by. Unless you live in a tiny town like me you can find both fresh and dried powdered ginger at most grocery stores.
7. Ginger is delicious
Lets be real here, ginger is just plan AMAZING! I use it several days a week in my cooking throughout the year. In the fall I go ginger crazy. It is one of those magical ingredients that makes fall treats absolutely delicious!
Here are just a few things I love to use ginger in:
This is just a short list of some of the ways you can use ginger. If I was to write about all the benefits and ways to use ginger I would fill a book or at least a magazine. That is where the Natural Herbal Living Magazine comes in. My friend Amanda of Natural Living Mamma recently released an online herbal magazine. Each the month focuses on educating people about how to use one herb. Last month was rosemary, this month is ginger and next month will be rose.
What I loved about this issue
I always thought I knew a lot about ginger but there are so many things I didn’t know that I now do! They discuss the herb itself, the essential oil, have recipes for ginger tea, candied ginger and much more!
Why a whole magazine on one herb?
I once read that is it better to know how to use one herb forty ways than it is to know how to use forty herbs one way. This is very true and important as you dive into the herbal world. It’s fine to have a cupboard full of herbs but if you hardly use them what is the point? It is better to know the ins and outs of just a few herbs and effectively use them to heal than it is to have shelves of them and not know their use, or possibly use them wrong. Herbs though natural are medicine.
This is why a whole magazine is dedicated to one herb. Amanda and her wonderful team of writers are either herbalists or well versed through their own personal study of herbs. They also offer the option to purchase a month herb box that provides you with a hands on experience with using the herb you are learning about.
What you will find in each issue:
- Herbal monograph describing the history, uses, and safety considerations of the herb of the month.
- Essential oil profile describing the chemical constituents, medicinal uses, and safety information.
- Flower essence profile describing the energetic properties of the flower essences from the herb of the month.
- Various herbal recipes from experienced and talented herbalists illustrating the many uses of the herb of the monthly herb while discussing other herbal allies that go well with it.
- Ethnographic information about the herb, its historical and traditional uses.
- Information regarding the seasons from planting in the spring, to harvesting in the fall, herbalists have always been attuned to the seasons. Understanding the seasonal pulls of herbalism helps us maintain a grounded view and a healthy relationship with the earth.
What can you expect in the herb box?
The herb box is created to help you not only have an intellectual relationship with the herb of the month, but a physical relationship as well. By working hands on with the herb you are able to experience how it works with your body! The herb box will include the ingredients to make several of the recipes from the magazine so you can have the experience you need to make your own herbal concoctions.
As herbs and ingredients are purchased in bulk, the monthly herb box is a steal at only $44 per month (which includes the magazine AND free shipping). You can save even more by subscribing to the box monthly, which includes a 10% discount!