Yes, I know I keep mentioning Ginger in everything, don’t I? Well, you might be wondering why that is and what ginger actually does for us women with Endometriosis.
Well, for starters it is a Chinese remedy. They claim it is a “universal medicine”. I just find their theories on medicine make more sense to me. Natural and holistic! So, naturally when they recommend something, I will take it more seriously…..
Then I did more research on why they use it:
Ginger has been used as a remedy for over 40 different conditions, from diarrhea to menstrual cramps. They use it in many traditional medicines too!
What does it do?
- Has antioxidants called “gingerols”, which fight off disease
- It revs up the circulation
- It encourages sweating, thereby expelling of waste and toxins in the body
- Helps digestion
- Clears up clogged arteries allowing better blood flow
- Lowers cholesterol
- Natural Pain prevention and helps with inflammatory conditions
- Heartburn relief
- Migraine relief as prostaglandins are reduced
- Helps kidneys flush out toxins
What diseases/conditions has it helped:
- Ovarian Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Kidney stones
Specific to Endo issues:
- Helps with nausea and tummy issues
- Aids digestion
- Menstrual Cramp relief
- Clears the liver of excess toxins
- MOST IMPORTANT: It is blood thinning.
Let me explain…..
Gingerol which is found in ginger is a chemical which is known to prevent blood cells and platelets from clotting and clumping – exactly what we have with Endo. Now, if we can make that blood thinner, we will prevent blood clots and cysts from forming into big nasty painful lumps.
Now, it tastes good, does all the other stuff above and can reduce the cells from building into yucky lumps! How brilliant is that?
To buy it:
- Make sure it is fresh – it will keep for up to 3weeks in the fridge
- If you can get your hands on Jamaican Ginger, it is the best. Otherwise get the normal ginger.
- Most ginger is the mature variety but there is also the young variety but usually only found in Asian markets.
Clever trick to peeling it: use the edge of a spoon to scrape off the skin! Get much more out of it!
How to drink it?
I personally like to make a ginger tea. I get a whole lot of ingredients including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, anise and of course my second favourite ingredient, LEMON and throw it all in a big pot with water. Now, you can be creative here, add whatever you like and stuff that has healing properties. I also add black pepper, cumin and various delicious deep spices which just give it something special. I boil it all up and then let it simmer for about 20 minutes. I then put the mixture in a bottle (usually a wine bottle – kinda ironic!) and then when I want some, I just put a little in a mug and top it with hot water, add a slice of lemon and or honey and yum…. it is just a delicious warming drink. Ginger tea is really helpful for me just after my period, during ovulation time. My Chinese doctor also suggested it would be helpful if you have pain during this time. I’m guessing it has something to do with the blood thinning agent in the ginger.
Now, if you don’t have time for all of that, just get a ginger, cut up two slices (5 cent piece size), put it in a cup with some hot water and drink it with some honey to make a simple ginger tea. It won’t taste quite as nice and I don’t find it as beneficial but it will still work.
Ginger actually has a little bit of “zing” to it. If it doesn’t it is probably not fresh or not a good source. I noticed when I had some ginger tea at work, it had no zing and hardly any taste. It was really a waste to drink it. Ginger must be zingy to really give you the benefits – fresh, real ginger!
Obviously we can add ginger into our meals and even make a delicious ginger jams and things – more on that in future blogs.
Hint: don’t overdo it, it can give you the runs!
Give it a go and you will be surprised at how effective this little remedy really is!
The benefits of ginger are so applicable to Endo that it is no suprise that it is included in the liquid healing section of the Eat Endo Happy Recipe Book.
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