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Learning At The Potter's Wheel is a collection of articles on home, family, marriage, parenting, natural medicine and herbs. . . along with a few other items of interest. Have fun sorting through my junk drawer of assorted thoughts and ramblings.

AT THE POTTER'S WHEEL

The Potter has persisted in giving me treasures I don't always understand or appreciate. Patiently, He is teaching me to trust that all I really need to know is that I am in HIS hands. . .

GINGER ROOT

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Zingiber Officinale

PARTS USED
Rhizomes, roots

PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Alpha-pinene, Amino acids, beta-carotene, beta-ionine, beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, camphor, capsaicin, calcium, caryophyllene, chlorogenic acid, citral, curcumin, essential fatty acids, farnesol, ferulic acid, geraniol, gingerols, iron, lecithin, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium,1,8-cineole, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 & C, zinc, zingerone

PROPERTIES & USES
Ginger Root is considered an anti-inflammatory, soothing and reducing the response of inflamed tissue. This makes Ginger Root a good choice in the treatment of arthritis.

This herb is a strong antioxidant (fighting free radicals), effective antimicrobial, and an anti-viral agent. Antimicrobial properties help the body destroy or resist pathogenic (bad bugs) microorganisms. Pathogenic microorganisms include bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Ginger Root is helpful for promoting the healing of sores and wounds, helping prevent infection.

A hepatic, Ginger Root protects the liver. Additionally, this herb protects the stomach and is useful in the treatment of bowel disorders, cleansing the colon. It’s cleansing properties extend to the kidneys, helping remove excess toxins from the body.

Because it is helpful in the treatment of indigestion, motion sickness, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting, Ginger Root has been a treatment for both morning sickness in pregnancy and patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Ginger Root can be helpful in the treatment of circulatory problems because it stimulates the circulatory system. This property, combined with its ability to reduce spasms and cramps make it helpful in the treatment of suppressed menstruation and menstrual cramps.

In a tub of tepid (not hot) water, 3 to 4 tablespoons of Ginger Root help promote perspiration, relieve congestion, ease fevers and relieve tired, achy muscles.

Headaches, hot flashes and fever are often helped by Ginger Root. As an addition to cough syrups, Ginger Root can help both the cough and relieve congestion in sinus cavities, especially when combined with cayenne.

CAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
Can cause stomach distress if taken in large quantities
Not recommended for people who take anticoagulants or have gallstones.
Not recommended for extended use during pregnancy.

Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.




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