Last weekend I sipped on some homemade ginger beer at my aunt’s funeral. It brought back memories from my carefree childhood. Bintu from recipes from a pantry shared her memories of the refreshing west african drink and her recipe.
I don’t remember how grandma Hajja used to make it, all I remember is there was always a fresh pitcher in the fridge and at Salone parties.
As we sipped on ginger beer last weekend, my aunt Judith who accompanied me to the funeral, shared how she used to stock her fridge with homemade ginger beer in the summers instead of sodas for the kids. Working two jobs and raising three kids, she would fill them up with ginger beer to beef up their immune systems because they didn’t have health insurance. Makes sense. Plus it’s a break from lemonade.
Sure, you can get ginger beer from the super market. But often times it’s not as hot, fresh and as flavorful as what you would brew at home. You reap the amazing health benefits of fresh raw ginger with this Sierra Leone Style Ginger Beer! (Ok, West African style ginger beer, since we all pretty much drink it the same way). Besides, cold, flu, stomach pain and nausea issues, here are a few additional health benefits of the world’s most cultivated spice.
A few little-known Health Benefits of Ginger
- Known to promote energy circulation in the body and increase our body’s metabolic rate.
- Maintains normal blood circulation
- Ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells
- Reduces pain and inflammation; relieves arthritis
- Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells
- soothes migraines
- treats asthma
- slows DNA damage