Ginger, also known as zingiber officinale, is a powerful herb that is packed full of healthy benefits. This herb is native to tropical rainforests of India across to Southern Asia, but now cultivated in other regions across the world. The root of the plant is mainly used as a spice and also medicinally. Ginger is a strong antioxidant and an effective antimicrobial agent for sores and wounds.
Benefits of Ginger
- Fights inflammation
- Cleanses the colon
- Reduces spams and cramps
- Stimulates circulation
- Protects the liver and stomach
- Aids in bowel disorders
- Aids in arthritis issues
- Alleviates headaches
- Calms hot flashes
- Helps with indigestion
- Helps with morning sickness and even motion sickness
- Aids in muscle pain
Ginger contains so many nutrients that are very helpful for a healthy life. Nutrients such as amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C. And when you ground up the ginger, it contains vitamin A. WOW! All this goodness in this powerful herb!
Uses for Ginger
Many people use fresh and ground ginger in their dishes. Not only does it give you all the healthy benefits listed above, it has a mild spicy flavoring. It is used in Indian, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, American and Italian cuisines. It is used for all different types of foods and drinks like, gingerbread, cookies, ginger ale, and ginger beer, ginger candy and ginger wine. YUM!!!!
Ginger tea, is AMAZING!!! Sipping a hot cup of it, helps with digestion as well as indigestion. Giving you a healthy bowel movement and also aiding in the healthy function of the stomach and liver. It’s especially great after a nice hearty meal. If I don’t have anymore ginger tea, I make a cup of black tea and put ginger powder in it, which still gives me those healthy benefits. Try it!
Sores & Wounds
Applying a ginger root extract to a wound, cut or sore can aid in the healing process because of its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Most would recommend mixing it with curcumin (a substance in turmeric; read my article Reducing The Pain with Turmeric) for a more effective healing process.
Try it and see how much it will change your life, health and wellness. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think if you have tried it. That’s all for now.
Get healthy today and stay healthy tomorrow!