Ginger is one of the boldest, most delicious spices you can cook with and it’s also packed with health benefits.
Ginger can be used to calm nausea and is one of the best natural remedies for things like seasickness and pregnancy-related nausea. It’s believed that it may be just as effective as prescription nausea medications.
Ginger also has great anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for fitness buffs looking to reduce muscle soreness that comes with exercising. It also helps reduce joint pain and stiffness from conditions like Osteoarthritis. It has been shown to reduce pain during women’s menstrual cycles just as much as ibuprofen.
Ginger’s most common use is to treat stomach issues. It speeds up the emptying of the stomach which is beneficial to people who experience discomfort after eating. Ginger is perfect for people who suffer from indigestion.
With all of its’ health benefits, ginger is a super spice that you should consume daily. Luckily, there are many ways you can add it to your diet. It’s perfect for brewing tea, making herbal remedies, or cooking. The good news is that you can easily grow an endless supply of it indoors.
To grow ginger, you will need to get it from a seed catalog or garden center. Grocery store ginger is sprayed with growth inhibitors, so while it might work, the chances are not very good.
You will also need well draining, very rich potting soil. For the pot, use one that is wide and shallow. This is important since ginger roots grow horizontally.
Once you’re ready to grow your ginger supply, just follow these 5 easy steps:
- Soak the ginger root overnight.
- Fill your pot with the soil and place your ginger root in it with the eye buds pointing up. Cover the roots with 1-2 inches of soil.
- Water well.
- Place the pot in a reasonably warm area that is shaded from the sun.
- Keep the pot moist with a spray bottle. Ginger grows slowly, and it will take several weeks before you see shoots.
This is the perfect thing to grow inside because of the low maintenance. Plus, when you cut off a little bit of it to use, the rest of it will keep on growing!
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