|GINGER FOR MANAGING INFLAMMATION
IN SICKLE CELL PATIENTS
Ginger is a flowering plant whose roots are used as a spice for cooking and for medicinal purposes.
Gingerol is found in ginger and it is anti-inflammatory, so it is used for treating inflammation.
The benefits of ginger are innumerable. Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It helps reduce oxidative stress caused by lots of free radicals. It curbs nausea and morning sickness and helps relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Consuming ginger water may help with weight loss. It is effective in reducing osteoarthritis pains. Some studies show that it has anti-diabetic properties and could help lower cholesterol thus improving heart health. It helps improve digestion and reduces menstrual pain.
Gingerol seems to have anti-cancer properties and could help protect against Alzheimer’s as well. Ginger extract seems to inhibit the growth of several bacteria and thus is effective in preventing infections.
One of my favourite things about ginger is how powerful it is for fighting inflammation. This is why I use it often in my diet to reduce sickle cell-associated inflammation.
Ginger can be taken as; tea, essential oil, tincture or topical cream. Concentrated forms of ginger must be taken in order to produce the best results.
Ginger can have side effects like; bloating, nausea, heartburn and gas. So they should be taken in the right dosage.
When using a ginger essential oil, it should be mixed with a carrier oil before it is applied directly to skin.
I love making tinctures because they are an effective way to preserve and consume natural health-boosting plant properties, they are easy to make, are pretty inexpensive, and can be preserved for long.
Here’s a ginger tincture recipe you can always have on hand.
1/4 cup ginger powder to 1 cup vodka or brandy. If using fresh ginger root , use 3/4 cup of the freshly grated ginger to 1 cup vodka or brandy.
Mix in a jar and let sit in a cool dry and dark place for 4-6 weeks shaking the jar periodically.
Strain and bottle at the end of the six weeks.
You can take up to three dropper fulls two to three times daily for adults and half of that dosage for kids. But I recommend you start with a few drops each time and work your way up.
You can also mix it with hot water, honey and or lemon for a more palatable drink.