[YEA] 07/04/2013: Carolize from Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa: "I'm 20 and I'm very active and healthy, but about 4 years ago I started struggling with IBS. I had IBS for 3 and a half years. Being a firm believer in natural remedies I tried everything on earth clinic from Aloe Vera to ACV to VCO, everything you can think of, but to my despair nothing worked. Eventually I started taking Aloe Vera laxatives, and it seemed to work, although it made me extremely bloated and uncomfortable the entire day. I seeked medical help and spent a lot of money on medication, but nothing worked except for the laxatives. My house doctor then recommended that I take these pills every day to get things going and she said that that would hopefully eventually cure it (Bad doctor! Lol). I drank 1 laxative every single day for a year, and when I skipped a day I literally wouldn't go to the bathroom for 2 weeks!
About a month ago I got fed up with this and decided that I'm going to throw the pills away and that this issue would just have to resolve itself. That same week I got a cold and my sister told me that I should try drinking ginger tea as this helps. I decided to give it a try and to my surprise it cured my cold and my IBS all at once! I haven't had a laxative in more than a month and not a day has passed that I haven't had a normal bowel movement. It's simply amazing. I have made ginger a part of my daily life now. I cut up a few pieces of ginger and boil it in water for a few minutes - You can drink it just like that, or to make it a tasty cup of tea I add a cinnamon stick, some honey and a bag of earl grey tea. I don't drink it with milk at all and it's delicious. I definitely recommend everybody to try it, as it literally helps for everything! It has so many health benefits. This is only one of them! Saved-by-ginger!"
[YEA] 07/31/2010: Vee from Ft. Hood, Texas: "I discovered by accident that ginger took away my mild cramps. I wanted to eat something sweet, but healthy, and picked up some ginger candy in the international foods section in the grocery store. I just let the candy dissolve in my mouth. After eating it, I noticed that my cramps were gone! I looked up some info on web & noticed that it does have anti-inflammatory properties. I do take less ibuprofen than I usually do if I can pop a piece in my mouth every now and then around the time my cycles start."Replies
11/14/2011: Herbalizer from Jacksonville, Fl, Usa replies: "I add ~1 tablespoon pureed fresh ginger root to tea (usually rooibos) at the beginning of my period. If I do so before cramping starts I don't get any cramps that period. If I do so after, they go away. It works as well as aspirin or menstrual relief medication. I am a fan of spicy food and tea, and I often either add it to soup or tea."
[YEA] 07/17/2010: Leriejane from Seattle, Wa, Usa: "Ginger works really well for sore throats and coughs. My family uses the following ways:
-Boil a 1 inch piece or a few slices, then add honey and lemon.
-Drink 'ginger juice' or 'instant salabat'. (Salabat is a not a brand name, but what the drink is called in the Philippines. ) This is a powdered, hot drink mix that you can find in Asian stores and it gives your throat a nice 'heat'. It has sugar in it, so if you don't want that you could probably mimic the powder by mixing ground ginger with black pepper in hot water."Replies
11/14/2011: Herbalizer from Jacksonville, Fl, Usa replies: "I find ginger in tea, for example 1 tablespoon pureed fresh ginger root and with tea like rooibos or another appropriate tea, relieves several ailments. I bring the water to a hard boil, add 1 tbsp purreed ginger to a 10 oz tea pot, and let steep more than 10 minutes (usually closer to 20).
Allergy relief: particularly if post-nasal drip is bothering my throat and stomach, I add pureed ginger to nettle leaf and/or rooibos tea. It also helps with sinus headache.
Headache: strong ginger tea relieves a minor eye strain headache.
Menstrual cramps: especially at the beginning of the period. If I drink ginger tea or add ginger to my cooking during the beginning of my period before cramping starts, I don't get them at all. It also works about as fast as asprin if I drink/eat ginger after I feel cramps.
Nausea: ginger really helps my sensitive stomach. A little goes a long way in this case. I usually don't need too much to feel better. I sometimes eat ginger slices after a salty or spicy meal. I also get a stomachache at the beginning of my period and adding pureed ginger to carbonated water helped a ton.
Sore throat: ginger works like a dream. Again, I drink it like a tea. I combine it with cinnamon sticks. If cough is accompanying the sore throat, ginger relieves some of the cough, though I usually need something a little more if it's a phlegmy cough."
[YEA] 10/02/2011: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa: "Ginger has been my go-to remedy for nausea and travel sickness for years. It relieves nausea and is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy to improve digestion. I'm a frequent traveler and I always keep a few ginger candies in my purse at all times, because you never know when nausea, travel sickness, or indigestion will strike. I keep ginger tea in my home for when I have severe nausea, such as when I have the stomach flu or a nasty hangover. You can double up the tea bags to make the tea stronger, just make sure to sip SLOWLY if you are feeling nauseous to prevent yourself from vomiting. The taste is very strong and unpleasant, but in 30-60 minutes, you will have a relief of your symptoms.
I also used this when I was pregnant for morning sickness, but because ginger increases your testosterone, I would be wary of using it too much during pregnancy. Please also note that increased testosterone in women can lead to undesirable effects such as acne and increased body hair. Ginger is also a reputed aphrodisiac for men."
04/04/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada: "Hi Dawn - I've always used dried ground ginger with good results for pain relief, indigestion or nausea (I just add it to boiling water for a "tea"). I never seem to have fresh ginger around when I really need it but I always have the powdered stuff in the cupboard. I hope it works for your dog."