The Twelve Days of a Green Christmas – Ninth Day

…on the ninth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…nine ginger plants…eight straw bales…seven chocolate bars..six pounds of spinach…five milkweed plants…four smart bulbs…three Amazon Echos…two Ecobees…and a live Christmas tree!

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Ginger grown hydroponically in a commerical nursery in S FL. Photo: UF Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises

My green friend knows me so well and knows how I love ginger! Ginger snaps, ginger tea, ginger beer, ginger ale, ginger candies and ginger in so many foods I cook. Nine ginger plants will keep producing ginger roots for a long time and grow nicely in my new garden area!

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Ginger Photo:Wikipedia

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about three feet tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers. Ginger is in the Zingiberaceae family.

Many, including myself, consider ginger one of the healthiest and most flavorful spices!  There are numerous health benefits of ginger and if you haven’t tried ginger for “what ails you” think about it as a new experience for the New Year! Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • the fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol which is has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
  • Approximately 1/4 ounce of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea; sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness.
  • Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.
  • Some studies show ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
  • There is some evidence, in both animals and humans, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
  • Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also improve brain function in elderly women.
  • Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections.

So, try ginger root for yourself and see if provides relief for any of these symptoms. Have you used ginger for anything else and found it helpful? If so, please share your findings in the comments.

If this is the first post you have read of my Twelve Days of a Green Christmas and you can’t figure out what the heck I am writing about or why I’m writing about the Twelve Days after Christmas click here to read how this all began. Thank you for reading my rendition of the Ninth Day of Christmas and I hope you join me tomorrow for the Tenth Day of a Green Christmas!

 

 

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