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As many will know, Ginger is an extremely adaptable spice and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, as well as being a very versatile cooking ingredient. It provides high levels of vitamin B6 potassium, magnesium and copper.
It’s got a positive reputation for the treatment of all manner of digestive issues, sore throats, headache, sinus congestion, common colds and flu, fevers, poor appetite as well as effectively dealing with inflammatory diseases like arthritis and rheumatism. Its original uses trace back to medicinal and indeed culinary uses in countries such as China, India, Thailand, and the surrounding areas.
After its introduction to the west, i’s success spread and soon it was used almost daily within the lives of most Europeans. Currently, ginger is scientifically supported to be suitable for treating motion and morning sickness, vomiting, arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. Furthermore, extensive research is being conducted into the ability for ginger to help treat heart disease; these studies are being initiated due to the remarkable blood thinning and cholesterol reducing properties that it possesses
Proceed with caution: Some people have reported allergic reactions to ginger, so please follow medical advice. Additionally, do not use ginger if you are using any form of blood thinning medications such as Warfarin. We’ve also heard that ginger can also interact negatively with diabetes medications. Please look up any related issues before using Ginger.
There are many forms of ginger available in the health market today, there are teas such as these, capsules and tablets, herbal tinctures of ginger, ginger juice and ginger essential oil. However, most people prefer to use fresh ginger, by simply increasing dietary intake or by make the well know, honey, lemon and ginger tea for a sore throat. Let’s take a good look at the amazing health benefits of ginger.
Health benefits of ginger #1
Ginger for inflammation:
Inflammation, while painful, is a necessary bodily reaction, and plays a pivotal factor in many diseases. However, if the inflammation produced by the body (as an immune response) fails to ‘switch off’ long after the body has begun to heal itself, then inflammation can become severe and serious.
Ginger’s aptitude for treating this type of response comes from its ability to inhibit two specific enzymes that are responsible for causing such chronic inflammation, called cyclooxgenase and 5-lipoxygenase. Indeed, there are several similar medications such as this terrible one, that are over the counter anti-inflammatory and they too can help inhibit cyclooxygenase. However, these drugs debilitate the immune system, rendering it weaker and leave the body full of toxins, and work against our bodies rather than with it. We all know that anyway though, that’s why we are searching for alternatives. Furthermore they have no effect on lipoxygenase and so seek to only treat half of the initial problem – they’re actually less effective than ginger! Take ginger internally to help with inflammation, either as tea, capsules, or tinctures.
Health benefits of ginger #2
Ginger for pain:
One of gingers lesser known abilities is as an analgesic. Ginger tea is ideal for reducing the pain that comes with migraines, and we’ve heard it’s actually halted migraines for some people. The main use for ginger when it comes to treating direct pain is on bruises and other strains and sprains. The best way to do this is via a ginger cloth or soft press. Any form of solid ginger will do, but if you can use fresh ginger over powdered ginger, that would be much better.
To make a ginger compress:
- Grate about a half a cup of some fresh ginger, or prepare 5 to 8 small pinches of ginger powder, feel free to add some extra spices that had similar healing properties, and put them into a saucepan and simmer for roughly 5 minutes.
- Make sure you let the mixture steep and become warm, but not cool. Make sure it’s not hot! Soak a cloth, or other similar item in the resulting mixture and apply it to the afflicted area.
- Make sure you do this several times.
Health benefits of ginger #3
Ginger for digestion:
Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body and thus aids the body’s digestion, and can help with indigestion after heavy meals and combat stomach aches.
If you have a gut related bacterial infection, ginger’s antibacterial properties help aid the body recover. Additionally, ginger can actually help with stomach cramps too.
Health benefits of ginger #4
Ginger for nausea:
Ginger is a great treatment for any form of induced nausea. We recommend taking ginger in a tea form, as sipping tea can often help in the first place, additionally, tea will be less likely to come back up again if the nausea is alongside vomiting.
Health benefits of ginger #5
Ginger for coughs:
The famous Honey, lemon and ginger drinks (like this one) contain ginger for a reason. Ginger is both a antispasmodic and an antitussive which help to reduce the need to cough. Using ginger in this way has been done for centuries. Additionally, ginger is surprisingly good at shifting mucus from the lung area, it does this by thinning bronchial mucus.
If you’re suffering from a chesty infection, ginger’s antibacterial, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties can help to nip the infection in the bud before the cough gets any worse.
Health benefits of ginger #6
Ginger for burns:
Although it may seem counterintuitive, Fresh ginger juice can be applied directly to a burn. It will help to relieve excess pain, and reduce swelling. Its antibacterial properties should also help prevent further infection naturally.
If you’ve had any experience with ginger please let us know in the comments!