Ginger appears to be effective for treating gastrointestinal disturbances, especially in relieving diarrhea or nausea caused by morning sickness during pregnancy and nausea and vomiting after surgery or after cancer patients’ chemotherapy treatment. A powerful anti-inflammatory, ginger has also been shown to reduce joint pain. In foods, ginger doesn’t have to be reserved for sushi — consider adding this healing food to your desserts.

Ginger Pear Crisp

  •  6 pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut sugar or sucanat (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, cut into bits


  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (or gluten free flour blend if desired)
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss first six ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a buttered baking dish. Using a fork to combine the remaining six ingredients. Spoon topping across pears. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.