Ginger is the underground stem of the Zingiber plant. It has been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions since ancient times. In addition to medicinal uses, ginger continues to be valued around the world as an important cooking spice. Ginger is a natural spice and is known worldwide for its smell and pungent taste. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that are known to have a positive effect on the muscles in the digestive tract.
Benefits of ginger include:
- Ginger can cure the nausea that arises during pregnancy or while traveling.
- Ginger is known to have the ability to calm an upset stomach and promote the flow of bile.
- Stomach cramps can be eased and circulation can be improved by using ginger.
- Ginger supports a healthy cardiovascular system by making platelets less sticky. It in turn reduces circulatory problems.
- Sources like ginger tea minimize the symptoms of cold, respiratory problems, and allergies.
Ginger can be freshly grated and used in cooking. It is also available as a supplement which can be taken on a daily basis.
Grated ginger root mixed with diluted lime juice helps to soothe the digestive tract and reduces flatulence. It can be made into oil and used to massage areas of localized chronic pain. It can also be used in extract form to reduce inflammation.
Ginger products are made from fresh or dried ginger root, or from steam distillation of the oil in the root. Sources of ginger are also available in extracts, tinctures, capsules, and oils. Ginger can be found in a variety of foods and drinks including ginger bread, ginger snaps, ginger sticks, and ginger ale.
Ginger extract can also be bought in pill form. The dosage is 100 to 200 mg up to three times a day. Half a teaspoon of fresh powdered ginger should be taken three times a day.
Fresh ginger root can be eaten every four hours but no more than three times a day. It should be approximately ½ inch long and peeled.
Ginger tea is prepared by adding ¼ tsp of grated ginger steeped for 5 to 10 minutes. Ginger tea, which now comes pre-packaged, can be taken several times a day.
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