The healing power of ginger

For centuries, ginger has been used to strengthen health and alleviate many ailments. This strikingly shaped bulb with its extraordinary healing powers must have come directly from the Garden of Eden – people were convinced of that in the Middle Ages. 
Its valuable ingredients have now been researched using the most modern methods, and as a result, ginger has been scientifically recognized as a medicinal plant since 1988. 
How we can use it for our health, we learn from the naturopath and phytotherapist Johannes Schauer in the “Herbal School Wildwiese”, which he runs with his wife in the Franco-German biosphere reserve Palatinate Forest-Northern Vosges.

Strengthening the immune system
The essential oil already mentioned has anti-inflammatory and germicidal properties. 
These help to cure colds, sore throats, coughs and bronchitis and to strengthen the immune system. 
As a preventive measure, it is therefore advisable to drink a cup of ginger tea every day during the cold season. 
In the case of an acute infection of the respiratory tract, inhalation calms the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat. 
An expectorant and pain reliever face pad has proven itself in sinus infections.
Helper in pain
The herb also develops its inner values ​​when used externally. 
As a bath additive, it improves blood circulation in the muscles and activates the metabolic processes. 
In the massage oil, it ensures better blood circulation. 
“Rubs and compresses with ginger have proven themselves in the treatment of painful joints, tension and rheumatic complaints,” explains Johannes Schauer. 
“To support these applications, it is best to drink ginger tea regularly and use the spice as often as possible in the kitchen.”




  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • some lemon juice
  • some cinnamon


1. Peel and grate the ginger.
2. Put the mixture with the other ingredients in a small bowl and mix everything together well.


If necessary, rinse your mouth with the ginger-honey mixture or gargle with it in the throat. Has anti-inflammatory and germicidal effects

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