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Ginger, more than 7 properties and medicinal uses of this wonderful plant

 

Ginger, Zinger officinale , ginger in English, is among the medicinal plants most beneficial to the planet.

Ginger, along with turmeric  and cardamom , is a very common spice in traditional Asian cuisine and medicine, mainly from countries such as China, India or Japan due to the medicinal properties of ginger .

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What is ginger?

Ginger is a perennial plant native to some parts of Asia, it has a long stem and very showy flowers. For medicinal and culinary purposes the root (rhizome) of ginger is used.

Among the medicinal uses of ginger we can highlight that it is used to relieve nausea , colic , pain , inflammation , heartburn , gas and digestive problems in general, headache or headache .

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Awesome, right? It is not surprising that ginger is still used so much in home remedies today .

To take advantage of the benefits of ginger, we can use it externally and locally or consume it internally.

  • In this article you will discover why ginger is so good for your health , what are the benefits of ginger and how to use it to take advantage of its wonderful properties. And also, below you can see a video in which I explain more uses of ginger .

Do you have a small space at home to have a pot? I encourage you to plant ginger at home, in this article I tell you: How to Grow Ginger .

What is ginger good for?

Ginger for headaches

If you suffer from headaches like migraine or migraine , you should know that ginger is a natural remedy for headache . It is especially effective for headaches associated with hormonal changes, such as menopause and premenstrual syndrome . Fortunately we have many home remedies for headaches  and we have at our disposal medicinal plants for headaches that help in these cases, such as this mint tincture for migraine that we can make at home.

Reduces inflammation

one of the traditional uses of ginger is produced in this field. The regular consumption of ginger is very useful and beneficial to reduce inflammation in any part of our body: from the colon, the gums to the joints, and is used successfully for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.  Due to the components with anti-inflammatory action that it possesses, such as gingerols , capsaicin or curcumin .

It is very beneficial in cases of pathologies associated with inflammation such as diabetes and obesity .

ginger benefits

Ginger relieves nausea

Chewing a small piece of ginger or grating it and adding it to a glass of water is a very simple home remedy that can help relieve nausea regardless of its cause or origin (dizziness in the car, pregnancy, cancer, etc.). Check out this recipe on how to make ginger tincture and always have it available at home when you need it.

Improves digestive problems

the phenols in ginger help relieve digestive tract problems such as irritation. They also stimulate the production of saliva and bile that improve the digestive process that will promote the good absorption of nutrients. If your problem is heartburn or heartburn, ginger can be beneficial, but luckily there are more home remedies for heartburn, heartburn and heartburn  that we can use with success.

It is also used to fight the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (which causes some types of stomach ulcers ). This rhizome also has carminative action, which helps eliminate accumulated gas and bloating and other discomfort that they cause.

Ginger stimulates blood circulation

If you want to prevent varicose veins  and improve the state of blood capillaries, blood circulation and prevent the formation of clots, include ginger in your dishes or in your infusions. It can be an ally to consider to help prevent cardiovascular ailments.

Infusion for cold and flu

ginger can help us recover earlier in cases of colds, colds and flu . It also improves cough , sore throat , nasal congestionbronchitis, and respiratory problems .

Prepare a ginger infusion by grating or slicing a small piece of ginger (approximately 1 gram), put it in a cup and add boiling water, cover and let it rest for 5 minutes. When it gets cold we can drink little by little. If you wish, sweeten it with a little stevia cinnamon  or you can even add a few drops of lemon .

Ginger reduces pain

Used internally or externally, ginger can help us reduce muscle pain, premenstrual pain, and joint pain. It should also be added that ginger improves mobility in cases of muscle and joint problems. The main responsible for the analgesic action of ginger are gingerols . These components of ginger also have great antioxidant action. Likewise, there are other medicinal plants for pain   that we can use.

How to take and use ginger

This rhizome can be used internally : consume fresh in sweet and savory dishes, dehydrated, powder, juice or juice, powder, tincture , add to green smoothies , etc. You just have to peel it and grate it or cut it into thin slices. I would recommend that you start by taking a small piece (no more than 1 cm) because ginger has a somewhat spicy taste and may not appeal to everyone at first. In any case, it is not necessary to add large quantities, using between 1 and 3 cm of ginger in each use is enough.

But ginger can also be applied externally and locally : this is the case for sprains, sprains, bruises and bumps, local inflammations, arthritis, etc. Prepare this home remedy with ginger to improve the cases mentioned above.

In addition to including ginger to take advantage of its health benefits, it is important to eat a healthy diet based on vegetables and fruits, reduce or eliminate refined products and perform some physical activity based on our possibilities.

Possible contraindications of ginger consumption

Ginger is a safe spice for most people and there are no known harmful or side effects of its consumption.

However, consult a health professional who knows your medical history and can advise you on the best in your particular case.

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