Add a bit of zest and a lot of healing properties to your next meal by adding ginger, the wonder-spice!

Originating in south east Asia, ginger has come to be regarded as one of the most important spices in the world.

For over 5000 years it was revered as the “universal medicine” by the ancient Orientals of China and India, and highly sought after by spice traders – for its medicinal use and tasty zing, of course!

In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine ginger is used to treat a wide range of ailments including stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea, asthma, respiratory disorders, toothache, gingivitis, and arthritis. A true power-spice!

Today, ginger remains a component of more than 50 per cent of the traditional herbal remedies.

This is no surprise, since ginger is packed full of nutrients…
  • Magnesium – helps with muscle and enzyme function, energy transportation and protein production
  • Potassium – a mineral essential to the proper regulation of fluids and minerals in the body
  • Vitamin B6 – essential for energy production; fat and protein metabolism; and healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver, it also promotes a healthy nervous system
  • Copper – essential in the formation of red blood cells
  • Manganese – helps with bone formation, thyroid function, connective tissue formation, calcium absorption and immune functioning
  • Antioxidants – help to reduce body inflammation and can help scavenge disease-causing free radicals

So throw some ginger in your blender for a delicious smoothie with medicinal punch! Ginger can help treat and prevent colds and flu, provide relief for migraines, morning sickness and other forms of nausea, and may even help to fight cancer.

Do you love ginger? Check out the Ginger Flower and Food Festival this weekend to find out more about this incredible plant!