Gardening

Properties and benefits of ginger

The ginger , Zinger officinale , is obtained from the rhizome of a plant belonging to the family of Zingiberaceae.

Because of the properties and benefits of ginger , it has many medicinal uses (both internal use and external use ) in traditional medicine, mainly Asian countries and because of its particular flavor and aroma are not few culinary uses has ginger in gastronomy, being used in a multitude of typical dishes from countries such as Thailand or China.

Like other medicinal plants , the ginger plant can be grown in your garden or garden, both directly in the ground and in pots. Read how to grow the ginger plant and enjoy this wonderful plant all year round.

  • In this article we will tell you all about ginger: what it is for, medicinal properties, the benefits of ginger, the uses of ginger, the contraindications of ginger and how ginger should be taken. Ah! And I have added a video at the end of the article in which I tell you the most remarkable qualities of ginger.

To take full advantage of its properties and avoid traces of pesticides, we recommend organic ginger . .

What is ginger good for?

In this article you will see that it is not surprising that in the East ginger is known as silver for all kinds of ailments and discomforts.

Ginger is used to fight bad breath, prevent and fight colds, improve heavy or slow digestions, relieve nausea, remove mucus from the respiratory tract, improve blood circulation or give vitality.

But we are going to see more details about the benefits of ginger.

Medicinal properties of ginger

  • Ginger is an excellent natural remedy for bad breath . Simply by grating a little ginger (1/3 of a teaspoon) and adding it to the water and drinking from time to time we will notice that our mouth is fresher.
  • Ginger helps fight viruses due to its antiviral properties.
  • It helps us reduce nausea and an upset stomach.
  • It is useful for ailments of the respiratory system, such as infections, bronchitis, coughs, flu and colds .
  • Stimulates blood circulation (see this remedy ).
  • It improves the digestion of food and is used as an infusion for gas and a bloated belly or belly .
  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

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Benefits and advantages of consuming ginger

  • By improving blood circulation, ginger is useful to help prevent heart ailments.
  • As for the external applications of ginger, we can use it to relieve tooth and toothache pain .
  • It fights the swelling and pain of arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic action.
  • It can be effective in removing kidney stones or stones.
  • Improves respiratory infections in the respiratory tract, bronchitis and cough.
  • Ginger can be a home remedy for heartburn or heartburn , very common in pregnancy, in overweight people, with poor digestion, hiatal hernia, etc.

Different ways of taking ginger: grated, dehydrated powder, sliced ​​…

Medicinal uses of ginger

  • With ginger we have the possibility to combat and mitigate pain of all kinds in a natural way. In this case, it can be applied externally directly on the affected area and it can also be consumed internally.
  • Ginger is beneficial in the case of sinusitis .
  • Consuming ginger may prevent heart disease and blood clots.
  • During the months with lower temperatures, ginger can help us fight the cold.
  • It is used for cases of halitosis.
  • Ginger collaborates in the prevention of varicose veins and varicose veins .
  • It has antibacterial properties, although it turns out to have a certain beneficial prebiotic effect for the bacterial flora, since it eliminates harmful microorganisms that cause bloating and gas.
  • It reduces the chronic inflammation characteristic of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, allergy to dust and water inflammation, as in the case of sprains and strains or allergy to pollen .
  • It stimulates us due to its tonic and vitalizing effect.
  • Ginger helps prevent and improve cases of gastritis and stomach ulcer.
  • It stimulates expectoration, being very useful to eliminate mucus from the respiratory tract.

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Contraindications and side effects of ginger

  • Ginger should be taken in small amounts and, in cases of pathologies, the corresponding health professional should be consulted in each particular case.
  • Some people may notice irritation on the skin when applied externally.
  • The continued use of ginger is contraindicated. It is preferable to use it for two weeks and rest for another equal or greater period of time.
  • Do not take in case of fever, since ginger can raise body temperature.

These are general recommendations, if you are taking any medication or are undergoing any treatment, consult your doctor before taking ginger.

How should ginger be taken?

This rhizome can be used in several ways:

** Fresh and orally : the ginger is grated and added while preparing dishes such as sauces, stews, roasts, stir-fries, etc. Or it can also be grated and added as is to salads, pasta, etc. In addition, it can be grated or cut into slices and prepared infusion or ginger tea . Put the ginger in a cup and add very hot water that does not come to a boil. Cover it and let it rest for 5 minutes. It is then filtered and drunk when it has cooled to room temperature. You can also make ginger water . In a glass of water you leave two to four thin slices of ginger overnight. In the morning it is drunk and if you wish, you can chew the ginger pieces.

** Fresh and topically : if you have swelling, skin problems, etc. You can use the ginger externally on the area you want to treat. You grate it and take a slightly damp gauze and apply the ginger and cover with the gauze. Let it work for an hour. It can be repeated if necessary.

It is also easy to find powdered ginger . Of course, and as we always recommend at ECO Farmer, choose an organically grown ginger to ensure that it is non-toxic and of the best quality.

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