Spice of Life: The Wonders of Ginger

Ginger is a perennial spice touted in the culinary world for its distinctive taste that is especially useful in baking and in aromatherapy for its potent and calming scent, but ginger is also effective against many medical issues.

 

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Drawn from the stem of the Zingiber oficinale plant, ginger root is, among other things, a powerful analgesic, expectorant, laxative, antiseptic, and thermogen.

Praise for Ginger 

Here are a few noteworthy uses for the spice that you may find quite surprising:

Alleviates Menstrual Cramps, Other Aches and Pains – Ginger works like over-the-counter pain medications, especially when it comes to female menstrual cramps. The spice also eases the pain of toothache, migraines, and muscle aches. Create a delicious ginger tea by boiling slices of the root in water and adding in more flavor with lemon and honey or sugar. For migraines, a paste made from ginger powder may be applied directly to the temples for some relief.

Reduces Cold and Flu Symptoms – Ginger is used throughout different parts of the world – places like Nepal, China, and India – to soothe cold and flu symptoms, particularly coughing, sore throat and congestion. Bacteria and fungi are no match for ginger against upper respiratory conditions. Again a ginger tea is usually made using slices of the root and sweetened to taste or ginger candy is made and used as a lozenge for sore throat.

Reduces Inflammation Associated with Arthritis and Other Conditions – Ginger, again, goes to the source of the pain and swelling in joints like a regular pain med would and provides some relief.

Lessens Nausea, Vomiting, Motion and Morning Sickness – Pregnant women will find ginger a welcome relief for their morning sickness in the early days of pregnancy. So along with dry crackers, a sprinkle of ginger powder on top helps. Ginger settles the stomach, which reduces nausea and coats the stomach after vomiting. Try ginger candy, ginger tea, ginger ale, gingerbread or even ginger cookies for a soothing, tasty treat when those symptoms set in.

Helps With Digestive Problems – Ginger is a good source of dietary fiber, gingerols and shogaols, which are good for regulating bowel movements, relieving constipation and diarrhea, calming an upset stomach, soothing heartburn, removing toxins in the body, warding off gastrointestinal cancers, and for overall good digestive health. Ginger also helps relieve gallstone problems.

Promotes Good Heart Health – Ginger helps to thin the blood and clear blockages (including bad cholesterol) in the arteries. As a result, the heart works more efficiently and risks for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke are lessened.

Soothes Burns, Wounds and Even Snake Bites – Ginger has been used to treat these issues, when the juice or oil is applied directly to the wound.

Fights Ovarian and Colon Cancers – Studies have shown that ginger powder kills cancer cells and slows the growth of tumors.

Reduces Fever – Studies have found that ginger in its raw form has a cooling effect on the body, thus reducing fever.

Warms the Body – Studies show that dried ginger warms the body, which is great during cold season.

 

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