"Ginger helped me with a number of problems, especially with my ears. When I told people that I chew slices of ginger root, they would look at me funny and tell me I must be mistaken, that ginger root was too hot to chew. It tasted sweet to me. Use to. Note the past tense.
I would chew slices for long periods of time, letting the oils seep into the circulation through the mouth. This would maximize exposure to the sinus cavities and the ears. Ginger helped me with balance problems, ear popping, etc.. Sometimes I would keep a little ginger in my cheek between my gum and cheeks when I took a nap. It helped a lot!"