|Ginger played by Tina Louise on Gilligan's Island|
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...
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