Observations of an Invisible Woman

Blacks and Health: A Natural Way to Heal Part 8

Zingiber officinale

The first time I tasted ginger, my heart sped up and I began to sweat. Then, an incredible warmth overcame me and I felt wonderful. The power of ginger has had me hooked for decades. This spicy, delicious root is as old as time. Cousins of this root are cardamom and turmeric. I actually grated this and use it in my humidifier in the spring to combat my allergies.

Ginger, in the Caribbean and Africa, is dried and sweetened with honey/ molasses and sold as ginger “candy.” Pastries and teas are a BIG export using this aromatic plant, especially Jamaican Ginger Beer. The health benefits for this root are:

It thins the blood, preventing blood clots

Helps with nausea/ seasickness/ morning sickness

Lowers cholesterol

Painful Menstruation

Combats arthritis

Poor circulation or “colds hands and feet”

I make ginger iced tea year round. Here is my simple recipe:

Peppermint leaves

2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger


lemon slices

Boil about 2-3 cups water and add ginger and peppermint leaves. Let seep for 15 minutes. Add honey and fresh lemon slices when cooled.

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13 thoughts on “Blacks and Health: A Natural Way to Heal Part 8

  1. Matari on said:

    Hey, Not so Invisible Woman/Comrade : ))

    Ginger Root is one of my favorite foods to juice, munch, steep in simmering water for a delicious tea and especially to use in combination with other herbs (onions, horseradish, Jamaican Peppers, aka cayenne, garlic…) to make a powerful cold/flu antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-plague.. tonic in tincture form!

    GINGER ROOT WILL ALSO HELP TO LOWER HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE… and is especially beneficial when used in combination with other foods/herbs that also lowers blood pressure! The best thing is, for most people, there’s none of those nasty side-effects that’s common with conventionally prescribed pharmaceuticals.

    Our Creator has given us tremendous food resources to combat disease and enhance our lives.

  2. @ DOAN:

    I make the ginger iced teas, too, but without the peppermint leaves. I’ll have to add that the next time I make it. As a little girl, I remember my mom would make homemade ginger candy for me to eat to help prevent motion sickness. I tended to get car sick A LOT!

  3. @ Matari

    It is wonderful, isn’t it? I had the sniffles last week as the flu is going around. Cup after cup of ginger tea cleared me right up.

    I must drink more tinctures. Right as of now, I drink 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar every other day to keep me out of the dr. office. And it does work.

  4. Leigh

    My friend from the islands brought me ginger candy once from St. Kitts and it was spicy and delicious! You’ll like it with the peppermint leaves…very refreshing.

  5. I am not a huge ginger fan but it is good when you have a stomach ailment. I take cod liver oil every day along with flax oil. It act as a panacea for a whole lists of ailments similar to ginger. People seem to forget that this was the ‘medicines’ people took and relied on before the onset of the big pharmaceuticals. Natural is best as a preventative(health should be looked at as preventing sicknesses anyway). Pharmaceuticals should be used as a last resort.

  6. I love it in sorrel! Ginger has an amazing taste!

  7. mary burrell on said:

    Ginger is a wonderful herb. I like ginger chicken and I want to try teas as well. Thank you sister for all the information.

  8. Hernie

    cod liver oil is boss.

  9. I haven’t had Sorrell in a long time.

  10. Miss Mary

    Most welcome.

  11. Matari on said:

    You can’t do wrong with Apple Cider Vinegar! It works very well, has mega medicinal attributes. Some sources warn that long term use is hazardous. I say even goods things should be used carefully – and in moderation.

    ACV (Braggs) is also good for losing excess weight … it lessens the appetite, etc …

  12. Thanks for the information! I use the grated ginger, mixed with extra virgin coconut oil & little cayenne pepper to make a paste for indigestion, works like a charm!

    A friend of mine likes to rub a piece of the peeled root in her hair to promote blood circulation to her scalp allowing nutrients rich blood to reach the hair follicles. She says it helps her hair to grow.

  13. Mary on said:

    Mrs Mary Ginger and Onions did it for me.

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