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Ginger and Garlic: A Love Story

Ginger and Garlic: A Love Story

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite pairs – Ginger & Garlic. This power couple packs a punch! While garlic is generally the “A-list celebrity” of the relationship, studies are showing that ginger is an extremely potent complement to its savory mate.

Most of us know how amazing garlic and ginger are to culinary arts. But what about herbal medicine? With this year’s flu season saturating the media, you’ve almost certainly heard about Elderberries. But is there another herbal remedy hiding right in your kitchen or local grocer? Chances are, yes!

I won’t list all the amazing benefits of ginger and garlic. There’s too many to list. Ginger can help everything from nausea to fighting cancer while garlic can conquer anything from lowering cholesterol to curing acne. What they have in common and what makes them such an amazing pair are their amazing antiviral properties. What could be more perfect to ward off and treat the flu (1), common cold – or yes, even human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) (2).

If the thought of consuming this magnificent duo makes you wince, I totally understand. And it’s okay! There’s an extremely easy way to reap the benefits without having to dust off the ol’ tastebuds.

 

GINGER & GARLIC POULTICE

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 Tbsp raw ginger root (peeled)

2 Tbsp raw garlic

2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

Place coconut oil, ginger root and garlic into blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add two drops of lavender essential oil. Apply directly to soles of feet, chest or neck as desired. Store in refrigerator.

REFERENCES:

  1. Identification of Suitable Natural Inhibitor against Influenza A (H1N1) Neuraminidase Protein by Molecular Docking. Sahoo M, Jena L, Rath SN, Kumar S. Genomics Inform. 2016 Sep;14(3):96-103.
  2. Chang JS, Wang KC, Yeh CF, Shieh DE, Chiang LC. Fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) has anti-viral activity against human respiratory syncytial virus in human respiratory tract cell lines. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Jan 9;145(1):146-51.


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