Whether from indigestion, nausea, morning sickness, food poisoning, or countless other causes, we’ve all experienced stomach discomfort. It generally propels us to leave our activities and uncomfortably run to the medicine cabinet or pharmacy in search of an over the counter cure which may or may not target our specific ailments.
There’s nearly nothing worse than taking medicine that takes too long to work, or does not work for us at all when our stomachs are sickened.
What does Work?
The fail-safe medicine is probably in your spice rack right now. According to many natural health modules, ginger can be used for a host of stomach problems including gas, nausea, indigestion, minor food poisoning, and morning sickness and it is safe to use for all ages. You don’t need very much of it, either. One teaspoon of powdered ginger will usually do the trick.
The best way to take the ginger is by filling two to three empty gel capsules (which can be found at many health and nutrition stores) straight from the spice jar and drinking them down with a full glass of water.
However, if you have the ginger but don’t have the capsules, simply stir a teaspoon into one ounce (about a shot glass full) of warm water until mostly dissolved and drink the mixture in one gulp. It will taste spicy but not unpleasant.
You should feel relief within half an hour. After an hour, if your stomach is not as relieved as you would like, take one more teaspoon and relax as your discomfort subsides.
Keep in Mind
It is important to note that ginger has not been fully evaluated by the FDA and if you are taking prescription medicines, it is always advisable to consult with your health practitioner before combining them with herbal remedies.
This being said, there are no known overdoses or side effects of taking ginger, and it is safe for children. Those under age 12 need only take half a teaspoon. The same dosage mentioned prior can also be used as a preventative measure if you are prone to motion sickness.
As a rule, only take ginger in its powdered form. Ingesting the whole root will take much longer to reach full effect. You can grate the whole root with a cheese grater then use the smaller bits to make a tea. Generally a tablespoon of ginger root per six ounces of hot water, steeped for five minutes will work just as well medicinally as taking a teaspoon of pure powdered ginger in capsules.