Ginger is an increasing popular root due to its remarkable characteristics.
It is native to China, and in general, it is used as a spice. Yet, it can also serve as an addition to drinks, such as the ginger ale drink, or in gingerbread’s or ginger-biscuits.
Here are some of the most helpful benefits that ginger has to offer:
1# It Reduces Inflammation
Contains Gingeroil, an active ingredient which is efficient in fighting against cell inflammations. One study done on patients suffering from arthritic and muscular pain, found that the consumption of ginger successfully reduces pain and muscle swelling.
2# It Soothes Cough and Sore Throat Symptoms
Natural ginger treatments are extremely effective in the case of common colds and sore throat. All you need to do is to cut the ginger into slices, and add them to boiling water. Then, add some honey and lemon. This natural cure can help you relieve a sore throat and the nasal congestion.
3# It Stimulates Blood Circulation
Using a cloth, add freshly squeezed juice of 50 g grated ginger into 4-5l hot water. Use the mixture to soak the affected areas on your body.
4# Ginger Kills Cancer Cells
Many studies suggest that the use of ginger rhizomes lowers inflammation of the colon and intestines, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer. Moreover, doctors at the UMCCC (University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center) proved that this amazing root successfully inhibits ovarian cancer cells. What’s more, it has been shown to be even more effective than the treatments which are commonly prescribed to ovarian cancer patients, platinum-based chemotherapy treatments.
5# It Alleviates Morning Sickness and Nausea
Ginger also provides relief in the case of morning sickness during the pregnancy. Yet, women should consult their doctor before they start using any new medication, herb or method.
6# It Stimulates Digestion and Prevents Flatulence
Ginger is one of the most efficient natural remedies against indigestion. To treat an upset stomach and relieve bloating and gas, boil some ginger slice in water for a few minutes. Optionally add some raw honey to sweeten the taste.
7# It Soothes a Toothache
Due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties, can also alleviate the toothache. All you need to do is to rub some raw ginger on your gums. Also, you can boil it in water, cool the solution and then use it to rinse the mouth.
8# It Relieves Headaches
The combination of ginger, peppermint and cayenne pepper can do miracles in the case of the unbearable migraine headaches. Yet, its preparation is simply: in a pot with boiling water, add a teaspoon of dried peppermint, a pinch of cayenne pepper and several ginger slices. Let the mixture simmer for some time, and then add raw honey or Stevia to sweeten it. Furthermore, you can also use it topically. Add half a teaspoon of ginger powder in some water and apply the paste on your forehead. This will effectively soothe your headache.
9# It Treats Acid Reflux
Acid blocker drugs have a detrimental effect on the stomach acid barrier, so they can lead to ulcers and stomach cancer. On the other hand, as reported in the Molecular Research and Food Nutrition, the ingredients of this remarkable root are six times more useful than these medications.
10# Other benefits of ginger:
- After an operation, doctors advise patients to chew on a piece of ginger in order to help prevent nausea and vomiting.
- Chewing on a piece of ginger right before a meal usually inspires one’s appetite and activates the digestive juices.
- Patients experiencing muscle strains, especially athletes are advised to combine the ginger paste with turmeric and firmly rub on the affected area at least twice a day.
- Most of the doctors advise their diabetic patients to drink a glass of ginger water in the morning before any meal because it helps in stabilizing the glucose levels in the blood.