Ginger is a valued kitchen herb used by billions in cooking and medicinal preparations for thousands of years.  One of the favorites in Traditional Chinese Medicine it is claimed to “rescue devastated yang” by warming & stimulating the energy channels in the body.

As a beautiful tropical perennial, ginger grows to two feet or more with a range of pink and white gladiolus like flowers with many ornamental cultivars with bright red and orange blooms. The root is used either fresh or dried and can be harvested 4 months after plants are established.

Ginger has a wide range of medicinal uses and preparation methods.

Fresh ginger is used in cooking and also as tea for digestion disorders.  Use powdered ginger for “drier” conditions like asthma & allergies and dried chopped ginger for “wetter” conditions like colds & preventing infections.  Quality powdered ginger from Ubi’s is “oily” to the touch by slightly clumping when pinched, not like the grey powder typically found in grocery stores.

Many studies have concluded that ginger contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, detoxifying and pain relieving (headaches & migraines) properties.  Ginger cleanses the colon & bowels and aids in nausea, motion and morning sickness (use with caution).  Although it is warming, ginger cools hot flashes, fevers and can soothe external sores and wounds.

If taken in large doses, ginger may cause abdominal distress and is not recommended for people on anti-coagulants, gallstones and limited use during pregnancy.

Nutmeg is an ancient spice and medicine used in the Middle East since 700AD and later by the Europeans in the middle ages.  It is now a common household spice that comes from the Myristica fragrans tree from the Indonesian Banda Islands- or Spice Islands.

The “nut” is an apricot-like fruit kernel dried and ground into a powder or made into an oil.  Make sure you use a quality powdered form that is not irradiated or from BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts- purchase from a reputable source (like Ubi’s!) the freshly grated powder is the best!

Nutmeg as a spice used in baking, cooking, teas & drinks and combines well with Cinnamon, Cloves and Ginger and also produces the spice “mace”.  Mace is the red membrane (arial) that covers the seed and is used similarly with a less sweet but more delicate of a flavor than nutmeg.

Traditionally, Nutmeg powder has been used in herbal medicine for digestion (flatulence), nervousness/anxiety and for colds & flu as it breaks up chest congestion.  It can be taken in pill, tea or tincture form, alone or combined with other herbs.  The essential oil has many external uses from arthritis, exhaustion, rheumatism / joints, stimulant and as an aphrodisiac.  It blends well with other essential oils like Coriander, Clary Sage & Lavender and is a fixative for citrus oils.

Use nutmeg in small amounts and excersize caution and moderation as it can have mild hallucinogenic effects.  Women who may be pregnant or lactating should avoid nutmeg.

The following information is for educational purposes only and not to be used for self diagnosis. Always consult with your health care provider when needed.