Ginger Scientifically known as Zingiber officianale is a natural pungent spice which is used for ages in Indian and Chinese cuisine and medicines. This spice is widely grown in Africa and Asia and Indian Ginger is supposed to have the best medicinal qualities.
Health benefits of ginger:
Helps combat Flu or common cold symptoms: This remedy is used by our ancestors to relieve sore throat and other common cold symptoms. Continuous use of Ginger and Honey helps to alleviate sore throat for children and adults. To mitigate the disastrous effects of common cold, just have ginger tea every morning especially in the winter.
Helps in Digestion : Ginger helps in digestion and thus soothes the stomach. It is especially useful in food poisoning as it cleanses the stomach.
Used to mitigate menstrual cramps: An old grandmother’s remedy of giving Ginger concoctions to alleviate menstrual cramps is again proved true.
Heart Burn Remedy: Try using Ginger Tea to reduce heart burn, especially during pregnancy. It really works.
Motion sickness: We used to carry ginger and lemon in our bags to counter motion sickness while traveling for long hours, especially in mountainous terrains.
Morning Sickness: Ginger is as effective as vitamin B6 to counter morning sickness in pregnant women. Ginger tea reduces the squeamish feeling after a meal too.
Migraine Relief: Ginger tea is useful in giving relief during migraines.
Pain Killer: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which renders it as an effective painkiller. Just try it while you have a back ache, it immediately soothes you down.
Cancer treatment: Research proves that continuous use of ginger which has 5-LO enzymes which is useful in treatment of colon and ovarian cancers. It is proven to reduce the motility and activities of breast carcinoma cells. It also causes death or apostasis of breast cancer cells.
Ginger contain Zinzibain which reduces parasites and eggs. In ancient times children used to be fed Ginger extracts to reduce worm infestation.
Ginger also an antioxidant properties and is used to combat viruses, chills and fever.
It also helps in cleansing the kidney thus reducing kidney damage.
Ginger is also used to soothe and reduce tension.
Ginger on the whole helps in healing and boosting the immune system and is a irreplaceable ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines.
Ginger is improves circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties. Continuous use of ginger improves the skin tone and also lightens the skin. It is also used to fight acne and pimples as it cleanses the circulatory system.
Ginger is used as a spice to render a pungent taste to vegetables and non vegetarian food. It is an integral part of Indian and Chinese recipes. Ginger cooked with sugar is called candied ginger and is used as a confectionery. It is used as a flavouring agent for cookies, cakes, bread, ale etc.
Ginger has strong antimicrobial and anti fungal properties that make it a useful food preservative. Ginger is used to make pickles, jams, syrups and even beer. Ginger has numerous uses and can be consumed in the natural form or as extracts. Ginger extracts in the form of capsules, paste, powder and cream are available. Natural ginger is available as candies, in dried and pickled forms which can be consumed with ease.
Best way to maximize the use of Ginger is to use in in cooking or mix it with juices. Get ginger, peel it and store it frozen or just dunk it in a flower pot and cover it with mud. This keeps it fresh for a long time. Just peel it and use it for your daily needs and feel the difference.