Ginger can work wonders for your gallbladder and gallstones. Ginger thins bile, thins gallbladder sludge, and dissolves gallstones. It also helps with one of the main symptoms of gallbladder problems – nausea.  The primary active ingredients in ginger, shogaols and gingerols, help neutralize the acids in your stomach. Ginger’s closely related cousin, turmeric, is also wonderful for your gallbladder.

People around the world have used ginger for thousands of years to help calm stomach issues. From ginger ale, to ginger bread, to sliced raw ginger, so many recipes have been made to work ginger into seemingly unrelated recipes. It can be taken in many different ways: shredded or sliced straight from the root, tablets, softgels, powders, tictures, oils, liquids, as a tea, and supplement capsules.

One of the easiest, best recipes that we use is a simple ginger tea. You can buy a good sized piece of ginger root for about fifty cents. Cut about a two inch piece off of the root and peel it. (I just use a knife to cut off all of the brown skin.) Then cut the ginger into thin slices and boil it in 2 to 4 cups of water. I like to put a tablespoon of honey in as well, but it’s certainly not necessary. Let the “tea” boil for about 10 minutes, cool for a minute or two, and then pour it into a mug for a delicious, healthy drink. Besides being gallbladder healthy, this drink is also great for an upset stomach, motion sickness, or for fending off a cold.

As with any supplement, be sure to check with your doctor if you’re pregnant and are thinking of taking a medicinal amount.