The Simple Power of Ginger

When I teach people about the fundamental ideas of how to live a more fulfilled, vital, and nourishing life I often start with the simple things. So often that is exactly what we overlook or are unable to engage with from our overly busy stressful lives. Making simple easy changes can have profound results. And there are so many really powerful medicines and elixirs available to us even from the grocery store. One of the most easy and best to use is Ginger.

My wife Karen drinks a hot infusion of fresh ginger root every morning. She simply pours water over a few slices of ginger root at night and allows it to steep in a thermos all night. This is a wonderful warming remedy that enhances digestion and circulation, gives energy, and also helps fight and prevent colds and flu.

Ginger root can be used either fresh or dried. Fresh root tends to be stronger and better at preventing colds and flu and building the energy of the body. While the dried form tends to have a stronger effect on the digestion and helps to stimulate the appetite.

Both forms of Ginger are some of the most powerful anti-nausea medicines on the planet. Drinking ginger tea is one of the best ways to deal with morning sickness and it is also very helpful during a stomach flu.

One of the very first remedies you learn in Chinese Medical school involves making a simple ginger tea with fresh ginger root to help the body break a sweat and push out colds or flu at the early stage.

Finally, in some parts of China folks drink ginger tea as a much cheaper energy building tea in place of expensive products like ginseng. Ginger is used best in fall and winter and perhaps spring. It's warming and stimulating energy is probably a little intense for most people during the summer.

As we go into the fall and winter here in the Northern Hemisphere I encourage you to try this very simple Nourishing Life home remedy.



Recent Posts

See All
Lead Instructor


Jon Young  is a deep nature-people-self connection researcher, mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. Jon has been mentored in deep nature connection by his own grandmothers, Tom Brown, Jr. and a host of elders and experts. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on mentoring, human intelligence, spiritually, well-being and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). Jon has appeared in numerous documentaries including The Animal Communicator (2012). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level. Jon is a father of six children, and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his partner, Sarah


Sarah is a energywork practitioner, bodyworker, wildlife tracker, and interspecies communicator. She has studied wildlife tracking through Shikari Tracker Mentoring with Jon Young and Josh Lane, Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School, and Cybertracker Conservation. She is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program and studied Interspecies Communication with Anna Breytenbach and Wynter Worsthorne. 


For over 19 years, Sarah has been practicing various healing modalities including Chakra-work, Craniosacral Therapy, Meridian Therapy, Qi Gong, Emotional Clearing, and Five Elements Herbalism. She currently offers Earth-based energywork sessions, and lives in the sandhill mountains near Santa Cruz, CA with her partner Jon.