Coconut Blush Lemongrass & Ginger
This hand-made soap is made in the Peak District using a variety of oils, ginger & lemongrass essential oils and other natural ingredients. It’s size and rectangular shape make it a bit awkward to handle at first but after a few uses the corners begin to wear away and it is easier to use. It’s not the most attractive of soaps being a mottled brown and pale orange but has a pleasant ginger & lemongrass fragrance and the lather is soft & silky.
OUR VERDICT: VERY GOOD
The medicinal benefits of ginger have been known for thousands of years. It has long been used as an aid to digestion, ease congestion and reduce flatulence. It is now increasingly being used both before and after chemotherapy treatment for cancer sufferers to reduce nausea.
Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning Bath & Shower Gel
from Treacle Moon
“wakey wakey duvet princess… with a gentle yawn she stretched and captured her dream… still warm… today seemed full of endless promise”. Treacle Moon sponsor 60 children annually in the Khandel district of Rajasthan in India through the Khandel light charity.
Origins Ginger Essence™ Sensuous Skin Scent
from John Lewis
Retailer Description: Spicy ginger balanced by a citrusy twist of lemon, lime and bergamot.
Manufacturer Description: Ancient Chinese tradition holds that where there’s yin, there must be yang. And so the fragrant fire of spicy Ginger is balanced by the refreshing zeal of Bergamot, Lemon and Lime to create a sensuous synergy between warm and cool, energy and calm, tempest and tranquility. Skin is surrounded in an enticing aroma that’s impossible to resist.
The US FDA has warned Rishi Tea over unauthorised claims that ginger is a medicine. Rishi stated on its website that “Ginger is used in food and drinks as a preventive medicine against colds and flus”. The FDA ruled that Rishi could not claim that ginger is used for the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of a disease.
February 3rd this year is the Vietnamese New Year and ginger plays a part in the festivities. It is believed that taking medication during Tết will bring misfortune during the coming year. But ginger can still be used to relieve ailments such as indigestion and headaches, and even overindulgence.
Canadian fashion designer Nada Shepherd has launched a ginger fragrance. Her debut perfume, which also contains saffron, honeysuckle, lotus flower, amber and jasmine, is available from her online shop for $149.00.
Are you looking for an effective remedy for your hair problems? Do you have split ends? Maybe you suffer from dandruff. Or maybe, like me, you don’t have much hair anyway. If so, this article could be for you.
Many parts of the world, including South-East Asia, are reporting an increase in the number of cases of diabetes. A secondary effect of this disease is the development of cataracts. In response, it seems that ginger may be able to control the spread of diabetic cataracts according to a study published in the journal Molecular Vision. Researchers from the National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad, India, conducted experiments with diabetic rats and concluded that ginger delayed the onset and slowed the progression of cataracts.
A patent application to use ginger, onion, cumin and turmeric as slimming aids has been withdrawn following proof from India that they have been used as fat burners for more than 1500 years. Clara’s ApS, a Danish biotechnology company, submitted an application in September 2007 with the title “Method for altering the metabolism characteristic of food products”. But India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) produced ancient Ayurveda texts dating back to the 5th Century which contain detailed descriptions of their fat burning uses.
Indians are advised to include ginger in as many meals as possible during the monsoon season as it helps to alleviate stomach problems. The human digestive system is known to be weaker during the rainy season and extra care is required during food preparation. Fresh ginger contains an active constituent called 6-gingerol which is known for its antibacterial properties.
Researchers at the University of Georgia in the US have found that daily ginger consumption reduces muscle pain caused by eccentric exercise or hard work such as gardening. The research, funded by the McCormick Science Institute, found that daily ginger supplementation reduced the exercise-induced pain by 25 percent. An eccentric exercise is an execise which stretches a muscle whilst that muscle is under strain.
John Gerard, the English herbalist, both consumed and attempted to grow ginger, as noted in the following extract from his “Great Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes”, first published in 1597.
Ginger is most impatient of the coldnesse of these our Northerne regions, as my selfe have found by proofe, for that there have beene brought unto me at severall times sundry plants thereof, fresh, greene, and full of juice, as well from the West Indies, as from Barbary and other places; which have sprouted and budded forth greene leaves in my garden in the heate of Summer, but as soone as it hath beene but touched with the first sharpe blast of Winter, it hath presently perished both blade and root. The true forme or picture hath not before this time been set forth by any that hath written, but the world hath beene deceived by a counterfeit figure.
Ginger groweth in Spaine, Barbary, in the Canarie Islands, and the Azores. Our men who sacked Domingo in the Indies, digged it up there in sundry places wilde. Ginger flourisheth in the hot time of Sommer, and loseth his leaves in Winter.
Ginger, as Dioscorides reporteth, is right good with meat in sauces, or otherwise in conditures; for it is of an heating and digesting qualitie, and is profitable for the stomacke, and effectually opposeth it selfe against all darknesse of the sight; answering the qualities and effects of pepper.
Research into sulphite-free ginger products
2010 will see the culmination of a two-year project to develop allergen-free ginger products. The Queensland State Government awarded Buderim A$245,100 in 2008 to replace sulphite with chlorine dioxide as the preservative in ginger products. Sulphites are often used as preservatives in many food and drink products but an increasing number of adverse reactions have been recorded.
A popular Chinese remedy for the common cold is hot Coca-Cola with ginger. Gently boil the cola in a saucepan, add some slices of ginger and simmer for a few minutes. Drink whilst quite hot.
A traditional Chinese remedy for hiccups is ginger. Slowly chew a few small slices of fresh ginger. Dispose of the spent ginger flesh. (Seek medical advice if symptoms persist).
It is said that Queen Elizabeth I of England took a small amount of ginger either before or after a meal as an aid to digestion.
Chinese seafarers chewed raw ginger to reduce the effects of sea sickness.
An essential oil can be used in a number of ways. A small quantity can be mixed with a vegetable-based ‘carrier’ oil for use in massaging, it can be added to a bath and it can be burnt as an incense. Never apply essential oil in its concentrated form directly on to skin as it may cause irritation.
Sri Lankan ginger is said to produce the finest essential oil.
Ginger and sal volatile was a form of Victorian smelling salts used to revive ladies who had fainted or to calm ladies who had become hysterical!
It is believed that King Henry VIII commanded that the Lord Mayor of London use the diaphoretic (sweat inducing) quality of ginger to combat outbreaks of bubonic plague.
In Senegal, women wore belts containing ginger root to sexually arouse their husbands.
This relative of Zingiber officinale is also known as Shampoo Ginger because the milky substance in its cone-shaped flowers is used as a shampoo in Hawaii and Asia.
In the Philippines, ginger is chewed to ward off evil spirits.