Friday, March 4, 2011

Divine Spark In Ginger

  By Rev. Debra Basham

“By saying grace, we release the Divine sparks in our food.”

When he said this, Rabbi Herschel (see, February 24, 2011) might well have been thinking about ginger!
Long before McDonalds was serving up millions of burgers, nature was providing us with pretty impressive herbs. Huffington Post ran an article on the benefits of ginger: “A new study finds that two types of chemical compounds found in ginger—gingerols and phenols—can be used as an analgesic to treat muscle pain.”
Ginger has for some time been known as an aid to digestion. According to a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, ginger was also deemed to relieve menstrual cramps as effectively as Ibruprofen. You can make your own tea by steeping some fresh ginger root for 10 to 15 minutes. Add organic lemon juice and local honey for additional health benefits, delivered via yummy taste.
Make a scrub for glowing and smooth skin using ginger, Epson salt, and lime juice, reportedly very popular at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas.
Remember, however, herbs are no different from all the other areas in your life. It is important to know how much benefit you can receive from something, as well as the risks. Make smart choices.
In a study done at Brigham Young University, ginger was shown to bring more relief from motion sickness than the ingredient used in motion-sickness medication available over-the-counter (dimenhydrinate). I assume this is without the dry mouth or the drowsiness....
Wow, now I know why I really enjoy ginger chews. I often have some with me as my choice for “road food” when I travel.
This week, remember to really get the greatest benefit from everything in your life, make sure you have a healthy mental attitude. Check out this three-minute video on the healthy way to take medications on YouTube: Mind-Body Tips for Taking Medication, or let me know if you would like to receive the handout for this.
Share these tips with a friend or family member. Someone cared enough to send it to you!
Borrowed (with permisson) from Debra Basham, SCS Matters

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