One of our favorite healthy heroes is ginger. It's a beloved kitchen staple, used in cuisines all around the world, and also happens to be packed with health benefits.
Ginger has been the subject of a lot of medical research lately, and findings are pointing to it being a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, and potentially anti-carcinogenic agent. Going sailing or for a long car ride? We love a little ginger shrub in our water bottles to reduce nausea. There's even some fascinating research about ginger tea providing relief to those undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
Ginger has been used in China, Iran, and India for thousands of years to treat colds, coughs, and ease digestive issues, and now it's one of the most widely used spices on the planet - and for good reason! It's delicious, healthy, and fills you with energy and vitality.
Since ginger is one of our favorite healthy heroes, we feature it in two Shrubs! That means that you can make endless drinks and mocktails that skew either slightly sweet or slightly spicy! We like using our Ginger and Hawaiian Chili Shrub to make a tea that soothes the stomach and enlivens the spirit. We also like using our Ginger and Apple Shrub to make this Cascadia daily (aka Whiskey ginger).
It's important to remember that not all ginger is created equal. The ginger in our Shrub is raw, which means that it retains the properties that make it so healthy. Gingerol is one of the main medicinal properties in raw ginger. Gingerol has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, which can support your immune system and overall health. Our Shrub is totally raw, so you know that you're getting the very best of every ingredient.
When we're feeling extra decadent but still wanting to keep it healthy, we whip up a cocktail that could be the star of any happy hour. Ginger is incredibly versatile - it can be used in teas, tonics, cooking (try our Soba salad), and desserts! Ginger beer is a popular way to enjoy the flavor, but it usually comes with a pretty hefty sugar content, as well as preservatives like citric acid. We love making our DIY Ginger Beer that tastes even better than any on the market - and contains much less sugar!
Whether you're enjoying ginger in a warming tea, a nourishing soup, or a creative cocktail, know that you're not only benefitting your tastebuds, you're also benefitting your body! All our Shrub is shelf-stable, so you can keep a bottle in your pantry to boost your health as well as boost up your food and drinks!