Ginger: Zingiber officinale

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Ginger root is an old and time tested remedy for many common complaints. The Romans prized it as a precious commodity!

The major active ingredient in ginger is Gingerol. It is a warming herb and therefore very useful in my Winter Elixir which is a staple in the cold and flu season. It can be eaten fresh or dried, made into tea or used in cooking. It has been well researched and has many traditional and modern uses.

We should note that Ginger is safe for use during and after pregnancy.

Main Benefits include:

Anti-nausea (particularly nausea caused by chemotherapy treatment)
Settles digestion and soothes the digestive tract
Decongestant: Clears phlegm in lungs and throat
Promotes sweating so good for colds, flu and viral infections
Mild pain relief: particularly for menstrual and digestive cramps
• Can help maintain mental alertness as a circulatory stimulant, especially for the brain
Increases blood circulation and is milder than chillies


Melanie is a Master Herbalist and a Wholistic Health Coach. Melanie’s aim is to empower her clients to reclaim their own ability to heal themselves. She offers both individual sessions as well as complete personal programmes, with guidance and natural remedies, to bring about transformation and harmony on all levels. Melanie runs seasonal experiential ‘Herbcraft’ Masterclasses and is available for talks and workshops. She is author of ‘Herbcraft’– an accredited professional diploma and offers both home study and online courses.


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