- To become closer to nature and the natural world
- To gain knowledge of the natural resources within my habitat
- To have a more intimate relationship with plants
- To learn how plants can benefit us and how we can form a mutualistic relationship with them
This weekend I made my first herbal remedy. I made a nice cup of ginger tea and used some honey as a sweetener. I prepared the tea to help ease some abdominal cramping I was experiencing, it seemed to work really well. To make the tea, I took a piece of ginger root, about 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide, that I had bought from the local co-op, Great Basin Food Community Co-op, I peeled it and cut it up into long thin slices. I brought about 2 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pan, I then added the ginger slices to the boiling water, reduced the heat and then let it simmer for about 15 minutes, finally I added honey to taste. The flavor turned out really nice, it had the spiciness associated with ginger, however, it was very smooth and not as harsh as the commercial ginger teas I have tried in the past. My boyfriend Dan even liked the taste and he usually does not like the flavor of ginger tea.
Here is some of what I learned about ginger.
Ginger*: Zingiber officinale - Energetics: warm - hot, dry, pungent
Ginger has been cultivated in Jamaica for quite some time. Its origin is uncertain, however, it is thought to be native to Asia growing in India and China. It can be easily grown as a house plant and can be sprouted from a rhizome purchased from your local grocery. Ginger is a classic remedy for colds, flu, fevers, nausea, menstrual cramps, motion sickness and hangovers. It is a mild stimulant which promotes circulation.
*Since I am new to herbology, I welcome corrections and/or additions to the material above.
Wardwell, J.A. (1998) The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes For Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups. Massachusetts: Storey Publishing.
Kowalchik, C. & Hylton, W.H. (Eds.) (1998) Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Pennsylvania: Rodale Press.
Wild Rose College of Natural Healing (1999) Ginger. Retrieved January 24, 2009, from http://www.wrc.net/wrcnet_content/herbalresources/materiamedica/materiamedica.aspx?mmid=13