Ahhh Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – My all-time favourite magical root J
The Chinese and Indians have used ginger tonics to treat ailments for over 4,700 years, and it was a priceless commodity during the Roman Empire trade because of its medicinal properties.
So, what makes ginger good for us?
In one word: Gingerol…
Of the 115 different chemical components found in ginger root, the therapeutic benefits come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that acts as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. These bioactive ingredients, especially -gingerol, have been thoroughly evaluated clinically, and the research backs up why you should use ginger on a regular basis. One of the reasons why my Fire Tonics are macerated for 6 – 8 weeks is because we want as much gingerol goodness infused into the tonic as possible!
Whether we’re talking about curing a simple tummy ache, morning sickness or severe nausea ginger has been used for thousands of years as an effective digestive aid and a natural remedy for nausea. Recently, Taiwanese researchers discovered that only 1.2 grams of ginger can actually help the stomach release its contents into the small intestines in people with dyspepsia (abnormally delayed gastric emptying). Ginger has also been proven to help treat numerous health conditions including Gerd, Ulcers, Acid reflux, fungal Infections, Malabsorption, digestive support and heart disease.
I could go on and on and on about ginger, the important thing to remember is that Fire Tonics maceration make Gingerol more available, so just a small shot per day gives you the punch that you need…