Among its many attributes, ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been shown to:
- Improve digestion. (A great gas-expeller.)
- Reduce nausea. Great for motion sickness, pregnancy, or the queasiness associated with flu.
- Relieve pain (anti-inflammatory). It has a analgesic effect; like Merck's recently recalled VioxxTM it can inhibit the COX-2 enzyme.1
- Reduce fever.
- Quench free radicals (antioxidant).
- And best of all, make great gingerbread!