Grow Your Own Ginger

Grow Your Own Ginger

If you like ginger you really should grow your own.  It couldn’t be easier.  The best time to plant is late winter to early spring.  I planted mine late winter two years ago and harvested my first crop this year.  You can actually start harvesting small amounts from the outer edge after 4 months but I opted not to since I had just gotten some and frozen it for future use.

  1. Purchase several small pieces of ginger root from the grocery store unless you know someone that has been growing their own.  Look for chubby pieces with nodules (eyes or growth buds) on them.
  2. Soak them overnight if you get them from the grocer.  This helps if they have been treated with a growth retardant.
  3. Choose your container if you are not going to plant in the ground.  It must stay above freezing in order to plant in the ground which does not work for me so I chose a long shallow container (approximately 12 x 24 with a depth of about 12 inches) and it has worked perfectly.  I mixed a little sand, some peat moss and potting soil.  Ginger does not like to stay moist.  To do so would cause the root to rot.
  4. Plant them about 2 inches deep with the buds pointing up.
  5. They don’t really care for direct sunlight and need to be protected from wind.  Mine got about 2 – 3 feet tall and were a pretty addition to my side patio.
  6. Now…just wait.  Like I said earlier, you can steal little pieces after about four months BUT the best time is after the leaves have started dying (as in this photo).  This usually take about eight to ten months.

I harvested mine today by tipping the planter over…super simple to do. I then chose several pieces with healthy eyes and replanted them so I will be able to harvest fresh ginger again next year.  Of course, I will have to bring them in to avoid freezing temperatures this winter and set them back outside in the spring.

The next step is to wash them off and let them dry.  I store them by wrapping them individually in saran wrap and putting them in the freezer.  When I need ginger, I just take one out of the freezer and grate or slice off what I need.  That is all there is to it~

Simple and satisfying…another crazy good ‘garden’ creation!

 

 

 

 

Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil?  You Bet!

Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil? You Bet!

Yesterday must have been ‘coconut’ day because I received numerous emails asking questions about coconut and its uses.  I was thinking that I really needed to add some additional info about this crazy good creation on the CGC (Crazy Good Creations) website when….

As fate would have it (yes, the universe really does work in our favor – when we ALLOW it), a friend sent me this link citing some of the evidence-based medicinal properties of  coconut oil. The article is from the greenmedinfo.com webpage and was written by Sayer Ji:

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves.  Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.

Some examples of “good” saturated fat include:

  • Fat-burning: Ironic, isn’t it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of reducing belly fat within 1-3 months.
  • Brain-Boosting: A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.[i]
  • Clearing Head Lice: When combined with anise spray, coconut oil was found to be superior to the insecticide permethrin (.43%).[ii]
  • Healing WoundsCoconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial.  Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.[iii]  Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.[iv]
  • NSAID Alternative: Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.[v]
  • Anti-Ulcer Activity: Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.[vi]
  • Anti-Fungal: In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.”[vii]
  • Testosterone-Booster: Coconut oil was found to reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone.[viii]
  • Reducing Swollen Prostate: Coconut oil has been found to reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats.[ix]
  • Improving Blood Lipids: Coconut oil consistently improves the LDL:HDL ratio in the blood of those who consume it.  Given this effect, coconut oil can nolonger be dismissed for being ‘that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.’
  • Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Coconut oil was recently found to be superior to safflower oil in enhancing tomato carotenoid absorption.[x]
  • Bone Health: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone.[xi] [Note: Osteoporosis is a Myth, as presently defined by the T-Score]
  • Sunscreen: Coconut oil has been shown to block out UV rays by 30%. Keep in mind that this is good, insofar as UVA rays are damaging to the skin, whereas UVB rays are highly beneficial (when exposure is moderate).[i]  Make sure to check this list of other sun-blocking oils.

Of course, when speaking about coconut oil, we are only looking at one part of the amazing coconut palm.  Each component, including coconut hull fibercoconut protein and coconut water has experimentally confirmed therapeutic applications.


References

  • [i] Mark A Reger, Samuel T Henderson, Cathy Hale, Brenna Cholerton, Laura D Baker, G S Watson, Karen Hyde, Darla Chapman, Suzanne Craft . Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adultsNeurobiol Aging. 2004 Mar;25(3):311-4. PMID: 15123336
  • [iii] K G Nevin, T Rajamohan . Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skincomponents and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010 ;23(6):290-7. Epub 2010 Jun 3. PMID: 20523108
  • [xi] Mouna Abdelrahman Abujazia, Norliza Muhammad, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Ima Nirwana Soelaiman. The Effects of Virgin Coconut Oil on Bone Oxidative Status in Ovariectomised Rat.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012 ;2012:525079. Epub 2012 Aug 15. PMID: 22927879

About the Author:

Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Reuters.com, GaryNull.com, Infowars.com and Care2.com.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.
Vick’s Vapor Rub – A ‘Crazy Good’ Creation

Vick’s Vapor Rub – A ‘Crazy Good’ Creation

Dating back to more than a century, a pharmacist in Greensboro, NC, by the name of Lunsford Richardson created this ever popular product.  Since its creation it has been used successfully for many uses.

My Mother uses it daily and swears by it for cracked heels, sore joints, headaches…her list is limitless.  Check out this article from People’s Pharmacy to learn of other uses as well!
Vicks Vapor Rub Has a Venerable History