Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Interesting facts and benefits of ginger

Ginger root is a common herb with various medicinal benefits. It is an essential ingredient used in kitchen for preparing different dishes. Moreover, it has a large number of health benefits that can prevent various illnesses. Do you know a ginger root has following medicinal properties and benefits?
  • Ginger is antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal too.
  • It is anti-inflammatory.
  • It is antiseptic and an anti clotting agent.
  • It is anti tussive, analgesic and antispasmodic.
  • Ginger is anti-coagulant.
  • It contains different kinds of antioxidants.
  • It provides ample of proteins, minerals, vitamins and essential oils and contains no cholesterol.                                              

 The list is endless. With so many properties and qualities, ginger root is a widely used spice and medicine for varied reasons. It would be a blunder if you ignore it and exclude it from your daily diet.
Here are some easy uses of ginger in daily life that can benefit kids and adults. However, avoid giving ginger for kids under two.

Extract some juice from ginger and mix a spoon of honey in it. The mixture is ideal to provide relief from cold and cough.

You can also apply ginger oil on the chest and back to treat cough.

Boil some ginger slices in water and now prepare tea as usual. The ginger tea relieves you from sore throat and headache. The recipe is also useful in case of flu, fevers, migraine and menstrual pain.

Ginger is also a safe remedy for pregnant women to deal with morning sickness. However the quantity should not exceed more than one gram per day.

Take one gram of ginger half an hour before travel to avoid motion sickness and nausea. Else you may take ginger biscuits prior to travel.

Incorporate ginger in your daily cooking to enhance the taste and nutritional value. It would also take care of your digestive system.

Ginger cures flatulence and indigestion. Chop some ginger into thin strips and salt and lemon juice to it as per taste. The color of ginger will change from yellow to pink. Store it in a jar and keep it in fridge. Consume half a spoon of the same with lunch and dinner. It would relieve you from gas, heartburn, worms in the stomach and indigestion.

To reduce the pain and inflammation from arthritis, mix some ginger essential oil in your bath water. You may also apply fresh ginger paste to the affected area to reduce the pain.

Ginger is great for your heart. It prevents blood clotting and controls the cholesterol levels. Remember to include it in your meals for a healthy heart.

If you have diabetes then consuming a glass of water mixed with a spoon of ginger juice on an empty stomach in the morning will be beneficial. It would regulate your blood sugar levels.

Ginger prevents various kinds of cancer like colon cancer and cancers of lung, prostrate, pancreas and breast.
If you cannot consume ginger in its original form then you may also use ginger supplements. Ginger can be consumed raw or in powder form. Its extract is equally valuable. There are numerous mouthwatering ginger recipes like ginger cakes, ginger biscuits, ginger pancakes, ginger preservative, ginger muffins, ginger sauces and much more.
 Next time remember to add ginger in your vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes for high flavor, aroma and good health.

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