Ginger root is traditionally used in Southeast Asia in medicinal tonics and spices. Though the ginger plant originated in the East, today, ginger can be anywhere.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Ginger root has been known to be beneficial for its positive effects on gastrointestinal discomfort, muscle pain, and nausea. The phenolic compounds found in ginger root are known to help gastrointestinal (GI) irritation and bile production.
Ginger root’s best-supported use is for nausea and calming an upset stomach. Ginger naturally has 6-shogaol compounds, which are potent antioxidants for the body. Ginger also contains gingerol, which is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.
Motherlove uses ginger root for the Morning Sickness Blend to help ease the nausea symptoms and abdominal discomfort that can come with pregnancy. Ginger can be harnessed to help settle an uneasy stomach, while also being soothing and gentle.
What It Looks Like: The ginger plant is a perennial herb that can reach 2-to-4 feet tall. As an annual plant, ginger can grow most places and any time of the year. Ginger has a long, erect stem, an edible rhizome (the underground stem), protruding leaves, and flowering heads. The flowers of the ginger plant are cone-shaped, pale, and typically yellow in color. The ginger rhizome (root) is traditionally harvested and used for medicinal and culinary purposes.
Things to Know: Ginger root is generally safe to use, as it is commonly found in teas and spice cabinets. However, as always, you should consult with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements while you are pregnant.