July 8, 2006

Ginger

Ginger played by Tina Louise on Gilligan's Island
Ginger has a great tonic and uplifting effect in the summer months. Having about four pieces of dried candied ginger, with most of the sugar brushed off is like drinking strong coffee without the caffeine because it has a similar stimulant effect on the body and brain; you become more alert.

It is wonderful for headaches, indigestion and motion sickness, both on land and sea. Ginger tea is good for pregnant women who have morning sickness or anyone experiencing such unpleasant symptoms due to a bout of the flu, and also really excellent for coughs and colds, it works when many other symptom controlling drugs do not.

For a heavy cough fresh ginger root is cut and peeled and boiled in plain water for about three minutes, the liquid sweetened with a little raw honey. A cup will provide a few cough-free hours until you can drink another cup.

It also clears the sinuses and some claim it can control the symptoms of asthma. It is strong, and tastes somewhat like drinking cognac or whiskey. It makes a great refreshing fragrance and if citrus notes are added such as bergamot or lemon balm it will be a stimulating and energizing, with aromatherapeutic properties that will promote focus and alertness in the langorous days of full summer.

Consider Ginger Grant, (above) as played by Tina Louise on Gilligan's Island. Her name and red hair bespoke a fiery nature that helped keep those castaways engaged and motivated on that small hot desert island, she's a good representative of the virtues of Ginger essence...

Copyright 2006, Lucy Raubertas, All Rights Reserved

6 comments:

Andrea said...

How lovely...I love the way you used Tina Louise to represent ginger...and thanks so much for that I love ginger and had no idea it helped for all of that...merci beaucoup...
As for my friend sam, she's fine not to worry she's in the states and has so much family to catch up with and her access to the web has not been so easy...
have a great summer..

Zz said...

I love candied ginger and often have a piece with my afternoon tea. and if asked, G inger or Mary Ann, I always pick Ginger, the spicy gal with moxy.
Z........

midnitebara said...

I haven't tried candied ginger, never seen it here yet but have powderd ginger drink. I drink it at night and it helps me relax.
Thanks for your very informative blog.

Have a nice day!

Anya said...

Oh, how I love ginger! Candied, in that Stilton from England, in cooking, honey syrup, elderberry syrup/tonic, all my various chinese dipping sauces, perfumes, shampoos, and ginger ale made with the real EO. Oh, and ginger beer (what they call ginger ale there, nonalcoholic) from Jamaica -- it has a real bite of heat to it!

edwin s said...

Ginger, the cure of the ages! It's no wonder the Chinese live as long as they do with the amount of ginger cooked in food. It's best when steamed with fish.

Lucy said...

Ginger is so useful in so many ways, it really is remarkable. Lately I have been using the ginger essence as perfume for the humid summer days. It seems really good for the hot weather, particularly, but cold too because it has a warming action...