Taste (Rasa): Pungent
Energetics (Virya): Heating
Doshic Effects: Pacifying for Vata and Kapha (can aggravate Pitta in excess)
Benefits & Use: Ginger is used so widely in Ayurveda that it is an entire medicine chest in itself. It’s actually part of the plant family that includes turmeric and cardamom, which may explain why the health benefits of ginger are so extraordinary. Whether we’re talking about a simple tummy ache or severe morning sickness, ginger has been used for thousands of years as an effective digestive aid and natural remedy for nausea. Not only does it clears the microcirculatory channels, ginger stokes digestive fire, increases appetite, and improves assimilation and transportation of nutrients to targeted body tissues.
Ginger root is also included in many respiratory and immunity products as it helps to loosen congestion with its heating properties.
Additional Uses: Diabetes; dandruff; nerve pain; motion sickness
In the Kitchen: Whenever possible, choose fresh ginger over the dried form since it is not only superior in flavor but contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger's active protease (it's anti-inflammatory compound).
Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Ginger-Tumeric Tea
Ingredients & Instructions:
For 1 cup of hot water add 1 teaspoon each of fresh grated turmeric and ginger roots. If you use ground turmeric and ginger, use 1/3 teaspoon each. Add a slice of lemon and raw honey to taste.