WorldLifestyle: What is so special about the Fijian island of Wakaya?
Jennifer Halliday: I have been lucky enough to visit Wakaya several times and each time, I am affected the same way. The first feeling I have when arriving on the island is a great sense of peace. The second is of thankfulness to Mother Nature for creating such a breathtakingly beautiful place. With every turn on the island, whether gazing out across the jade-colored reefs, walking through the coconut groves, or climbing the rocky vistas, you appreciate that you are on one of the purest places on the planet. Wakaya was uninhabited for 140 years and because it is so beautiful and untouched, the island gives the gift of awareness on many levels, which is why it’s truly such a special place.
WL: Tell us about the unique properties of Wakaya ginger.
JH: Wakaya ginger is grown from our own proprietary pink Fijian ginger seed, which is indigenous to the island and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. We purposefully chose to cultivate the plant for its incredible healing properties that have been documented for over 4,000 years.
We plant our ginger in the pristine virgin volcanic soil of the island, which is vitamin- and nutrient-enriched due to the natural breakdown of volcanic rock.
We cultivate and harvest it all by hand. No machinery touches the crops, no pesticides are used, and the tropical rains are the only source of irrigation.
The root is then dried at a regulated minimal temperature in a convection oven to extract the moisture while retaining its vital properties. What remains is the purest, most potent ginger that is ground into a beautifully fragrant rose-gold powder. The paddocks are then left fallow for one year so that the soil can regenerate.
WL: What are the health benefits of ginger when it is ingested?
JH: The benefits of ginger are quite extensive and the potency of our ginger enhances the healing properties even more.
• aids with digestion
• acts as a natural cleanser for the body
• eases nausea and migraine headaches
• relieves arthritic and muscle and joint pain
• acts as a metabolic booster and aids weight management
Ginger is easy to incorporate into your daily diet. My favorite recipe is a really simple, effective, all-natural one. When I want something refreshing, cold, and fizzy, I make a Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Ale instead of drinking a carbonated soda filled with sugar. This easy drink not only tastes great, but is a much healthier option.
Organic Ginger Ale Recipe
1/4 teaspoon of Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder
1 cup (8 ounces) of sparkling water
1 fresh-squeezed lime (use a wedge to adorn as well)
1 to 2 squeezes of agave syrup
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
In the winter, a teaspoon in a cup of hot water with some lemon and honey is a great way to start the day.
WL: How can the powder be used in your beauty and skincare routine?
JH: There are so many ways you can use our ginger powder in your beauty routine. You can mix it in with your shampoo or conditioner to help stimulate hair growth or add it to a bath to clear the upper respiratory system.
Post-shower, I like to mix 1/4 teaspoon of Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder into 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. This combination hydrates and exfoliates my skin and is also incredibly fragrant.
I sometimes get lower back pain and have replaced over-the-counter remedies with a mixture of 3 tablespoons of Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger Powder with 1 tablespoon of water and 4 drops of camphor oil. I gently rub this silky smooth paste on my lower back and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the heat of the ginger to ease away pain.