For thousands of years, ginger has been a staple in natural medicine throughout Asia, India, and the Middle East.  And it's currently in season, so finding it at a reasonable price, and the peak of nutritional benefit, should be easy. 

Ginger can offer the following health benefits: 
Eases stomach distress - motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite
Reduces pain and inflammation - arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps
Stimulates circulation
Inhibits bacteria growth and spread of rhinovirus (which leads to the common cold)

Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as a juice or oil in cooking.  Whether you make yourself a soothing tea of ginger and honey, blend it into a chutney for summer sandwiches, create a sesame ginger salad dressing, or add flavorful zing in a stir fry, ginger is a wonderful addition to your kitchen medicine cabinet. 

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