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A steaming cup of ginger tea can solve the biggest of issues! Well, I am not dabbling in hyperboles today, I really think that this tiny root, whether in a tea or in any of your dishes can transform not only the taste but the health quotient of your food! Ginger is great for your health, for your skin, and for your hair. Hailing from China and India, it comes from the plant Zingiber officinale.
Ginger is referred to as a root, but would you believe it when I say that it is an underground stem called rhizome? Though discovered 4000 years ago, ginger benefits have only been tried and tested for 2000 years.
Ginger not only adds that extra punch to your dishes but its health benefits also treat a number of issues such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, especially after surgery. It is great for cancer treatment as well. You name it and ginger has a solution for it; flatulence, colic, stomach upset, morning sickness and motion sickness. Should I go on?
What is Ginger Good for?
It is strange to think that this bulbous looking thing could be such a nutritional powerhouse. Ginger has quite a strong flavor and pronounced taste thanks to its essential oils and phenolic content such as gingerols and shogaols.
It should be a permanent fixture in your spice rack. Whether you have it fresh, pickled, dried, powdered, pickled, or otherwise, you can even have it in your ale, cake, and tea. How’s that for versatility?!
What are the Benefits of Ginger?
Ginger has powerful medicinal properties and is a one-stop solution for most health issues.
- Helps With Respiratory Issues
Ginger has antihistamine properties and is hence pretty effective in treating allergies. It stops airway contraction and stimulates mucus. It has been used for ages as a treatment for colds and flu. The combination of ginger juice and honey works wonders to treat stubborn cough and sore throat issues. If you enjoy having ginger as a tea, have it for sure, as it eases up congestion of the throat and the nose. A combination of fresh ginger juice and fenugreek also helps cure asthma.
- Aids Digestion
Ginger nudges the gallbladder to produce more bile in aiding digestion. When you digest well, you also end up assimilating nutrients from the food you eat. So, whether you have cramps, diarrhoea or any other bloating issues, ginger takes care of them all.
- Fights Cancer
Ginger can potentially treat cancer cells, and that includes lung, prostate, ovarian, breast and colon cancers. Researchers from Michigan University have stated that ginger powder can impact ovarian cancer cells in a powerful way. It is the gingerol compound that works on the rogue cells. Ginger also acts as a preventive measure to stop cancer cells from spreading in your body.
- Treats Nausea in Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy, the treatment of cancer can be hard to bear, as it has several side-effects, nausea being one of them. Ginger root comes in particularly useful over here and it is as potent as some of the other anti-vomiting medications. Whether you take it in supplement or any other form, it treats nausea stemming from motion sickness, sea sickness and so on.
- Treatment of Morning Sickness
Pregnant ladies, listen to this, vitamin B6 is great for treating morning sickness, and so is ginger. Thus, bank on ginger whenever you are in the middle of a wicked bout of morning sickness.
The dosage for Adults is not more than 4 grams of ginger, and pregnant ladies should stick to not take more than 1 gram per day. Adults should not give children below two, ginger.
- Is Anti-Inflammatory
Ginger is synonymous with pain relief. Ginger provides relief from chronic inflammation and treats swelling and morning stiffness. It is effective in inhibiting the enzymes cyclooxygenase and five-lipoxygenase-enzymes, which are the main causes of inflammation.
A study conducted by the University Of Michigan Medical School revealed that ginger root supplement is very beneficial for people with colon inflammation, it was found to be very effective in alleviating the condition; and that means a reduction in getting colon cancer too.
- Helps With Pain Reduction
The pain-reduction and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help deal with a number of issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis of the knee, and muscle issues. Try adding more ginger to your diet or adding ginger oil to your bath to reduce muscle and joint ache. A mixture of warm ginger paste and turmeric can provide quick pain relief.
Prepare a ginger bath by boiling 100 ml of water with a few slices of ginger. Cover it and leave it aside for 10 minutes and use it with your regular bath water. This bath can provide great relief from debilitating conditions such as fibromyalgia. In fact, mixing ginger tea with brown sugar can treat the menstrual pain too.
- Reduce Muscle Pain from Exercise
Gym days are fun except when you lift heavy and the next day you are so sore you are hardly able to pick yourself up, forget picking up a dumbbell. Well, don’t worry, you do not have to give up exercise, just try some ginger root supplements. A little amount of ginger can go a long way in providing you relief from muscle pain from exercise.
- Helps Balance Blood Sugar Levels
Ginger has a positive impact on your blood sugar levels. It is especially good for people who suffer from hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels. Ginger also reduces the effect of kidney damage owing to diabetes.
- Carminative Effect
Ginger helps calm down an upset stomach and has gas expulsion properties. Have ginger in doses of 250 to 500 mg at least twice or thrice a day, to get relief from flatulence.
- Medicinal Benefits of Ginger for Heartburn
There are loads of medicinal benefits of ginger for heartburn. Ginger is one of the simplest easily-available home remedies that can easily provide relief from heartburn.
- Ginger supplement benefits for Alzheimer’s disease
If you want to protect yourself from Alzheimer’s disease, then consider adding ginger supplements to your diet. Ginger helps stop the brain from losing its cells, which finally leads to Alzheimer’s. Ginger helps take care of your brain cells, keeping your brain active and alert for long periods.
- Promotes Weight Loss
What is ginger good for? Well, it is good for weight loss. Include ginger root into your daily scheme of things to lose weight quickly. It’s a major fat burner and helps get rid of stubborn fat from your body. Add ginger root supplements after a meal and you will initiate the fat burning process.
- Lowers Cholesterol and Controls Blood Pressure
Ginger root supplements not only help in combating everyday health problems such as fevers, cold and cough, joint problems, toothaches, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and so on, but can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Enhances Immunity
When it comes to diseases, prevention is always better than cure, and just adding ginger root to your daily diet can take your immunity to the next level. Regular consumption of ginger can reduce the risk of stroke by slashing the fatty deposits of the arteries.
How to Make Ginger Tea for Health
Brewing a cup of ginger tea is so easy, and one cuppa is enough to drive away all the Monday blues. While there are numerous ways of partaking ginger, making a strong cup of “adrak ki chai” is my favorite way of including ginger into my diet,
- Few Slices of ginger
- Ground pepper – 1/2 a teaspoon
- ½ a lemon
- Raw honey to taste
- A pinch of Himalayan pink salt or rock salt (optional)
Boil the slices of ginger, as soon as the water becomes almost half, strain the liquid. Add the lemon and the other ingredients. Enjoy a fresh, aromatic cup of healthy ginger tea!
Fresh Ginger Health Benefits: It is great for your Skin
Its medicinal properties notwithstanding, ginger is great for your skin as well. No wonder, it is part of so many commercial products. Green tea with ginger, Apple cider vinegar with ginger, the works. Ginger juice is also a part of skin creams and lotions. Find out some of the health benefits of ginger juice and how you can use it to improve your skin.
- To keep your skin young and lovely
Ginger is packed with a plethora of antioxidants, as many as 40, and it keeps your skin as fresh as a daisy! Ginger activates skin circulation, helping reduce the toxins and ensuring all the nutrients reach every cell of your skin. It gives your skin the plump texture you so desire.
- Helps Soothe Burns
Ginger juice alleviates your scalded skin and also clears away burn marks if you are consistent with your efforts. Just rubbing your skin with fresh ginger juice twice or thrice a day can work wonders!
- Clears Away Acne and Acne Marks
Clear, glowing skin is on the top of the most-desired list for most of us, and ginger fulfills our ardent desires pretty effortlessly. It cleans, smoothens and clears up all the blemishes. Also, its cleansing properties fight acne and clean up your skin good!
- Eliminating White Scars
Do you suffer from white patches on the skin? Ginger can help get rid of white patches, also known as hypopigmented skin. The process is simple, just a few slivers of a fleshy ginger root is all you need. Just dab it on the hypopigmented areas and let your skin soak the goodness of the ginger. You will definitely see a marked difference in a day or two.
- Tones Skin
Skip the store-bought toner because ginger has great toning properties that result in radiant skin. Just blend two grated gingers with two tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Keep it in the refrigerator and then use it after 30 minutes. Use it and then wash it away after 30 minutes. This will give great nourishment to your skin, making it look fresh, youthful and glowing!
Ginger Benefits for Hair
Ginger has suddenly found favor in modern women, who have been connoisseurs of expensive jars of cosmetic creams. We say suddenly because ginger has been an integral part of Ayurveda for years together and till today ginger is regarded highly for its many health, skin and hair benefits. We are so glad that ginger is enjoying its pride of place in ‘quick home remedies which provides great results’ list. Ginger oil is especially great for stimulating hair growth. Here are some ways which it can help stimulate hair growth.
- Activates Hair Growth
Ginger activates your scalp and increases circulation, helping the blood reach every pore of your scalp. Thus, it stimulates hair growth. The essential fatty acids in ginger help thicken thin hair. Throw in a few ingredients together and you will have a great hair mask. Grate a tablespoon of ginger root in a small bowl and add a tablespoon of jojoba oil into the mixture. Massage your hair with this potent mixture and let your scalp soak in this mixture for an hour or so. Wash off with a mild shampoo and you will soon notice a marked change in your crowning glory.
- Smoothens and Nourishes your Dry Hair
Ginger is full of vitamins, zinc and phosphorous, the very reason why it is so great for dry and brittle hair. It also adds that sheen to your hair.
- Say Goodbye to Split Ends
Split ends stop your hair from growing and make it look damaged and malnourished. Of course, the excessive heat and pollutants have something to do with it! Anyway, there is a solution in the form of ginger extracts as it smoothens damaged hair follicles.
- Dandruff, what’s that?
Yeah, we know, you hate dandruff; especially when you wear a black dress and more so when your scalp starts itching in the middle of a sea of people. Ginger has antiseptic properties that will help you slay your enemy, dandruff. Ginger oil also helps get rid of dandruff. Blend two tablespoons of fresh ginger juice with three tablespoons of sesame oil. You can also add a dash of lemon to this concoction. Massage your hair with it and let it seep in for 15 to 30 minutes. Continue with this treatment at least thrice a week till the time you find your scalp squeaky clean with no trace of dandruff!
Well, you already know about raw ginger health benefits, now it is time to add it to your life! Its healing properties keep you healthy in more ways than one! Come on, start brewing a cup of ginger tea every day and you will gradually notice life turning out to be so much better. Don’t take our word for it, use these methods and notice the remarkable change yourself!