Ginger is a spice native to southeastern Asia, a region whose cuisines frequently feature this aromatic and distinctly tasting herb. The flesh of ginger can be yellow, white or red in color and it is covered with a brownish skin. Ginger has been mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern literature, and has been admired for its culinary as well as medicinal properties.
Ginger has been considered at being effective in alleviating symptoms of various health conditions as well as in preventing others.
Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols (responsible for ginger’s distinctive flavor) which are believed to help reduce pain and improve mobility for individuals suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (when consumed regularly).
Gastrointestinal Relief: Some studies indicate that ginger is effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.
Immune Boosting: Ginger is not only thought to be heat-causing but to also promote sweating, which is helpful when you are battling a fever. Sweating not only facilitates detoxification but, according to recent research, also fights off infections.
Safe and Effective Relief of Morning Sickness: Ginger has been demonstrated to be very useful in reducing the symptoms of morning sickness (nausea and vomiting), even in its most severe form, hyperemesis gravidum, which can require hospitalization. BONUS: Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, ginger is natural and safe.
Protection against Colorectal Cancer: Gingerols are believed to inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells
Promotes Death of Ovarian Cancer Cells: Gingerols are thought to kill ovarian cancer cells.
Relieve Cold Symptoms & Soothe Aches/ Relieve Chills – Soak your feet in a Ginger-Mustard bath (Directions below) or drink a glass of Ginger Tea (Recipe below).
Clean and Disinfect Cuts & Scrapes – Dab the area with a thin slice of fresh ginger before bandaging.
Relieve Fatigue – Soak your feet in a Ginger-Mustard bath (Directions Below).
Treat Diarrhea – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Congestion – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Constipation – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Cramps – Drink a glass of ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Ear Aches – Drink a glass of ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Flatulence – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Headaches – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Heartburn – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Hot Flashes – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Indigestion – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Morning Sickness – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Motion Sickness – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Relieve Aches in Muscles – Rub muscles with a homemade Ginger massage oil (Directions below).
Relieve Nausea – Drink a glass of Ginger tea (Recipe below).
Reduce the Appearance of Scars – Rub a sliver of Ginger on the area, two times a day until it fades.
Relieve Stress – Soak in a warm bath with ginger bath salts. To make the bath salts, mix together 3 teaspoons grated ginger, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ cup Epsom salt in a small container than add to your bathwater.
Relieve Dry Mouth – Chew on a piece of fresh ginger.
Treat and Soothe Acne – Rub the area with a thin slice of fresh ginger and/or apply ginger juice to the affected
Lighten Age Spots – Rub a little fresh ginger on the affected area daily.
Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite – Massage the affected area with homemade Ginger Massage oil (Directions below).
Moisturize Hair – Apply Ginger tea after shampooing; allow tea to cool before using.
To Stimulate Hair Growth – Massage your scalp with a mixture of 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Allow the mixture to remain on hair for 30
minutes before shampooing.
To Strengthen Hair – After shampooing, rinse hair with ginger tea (allow to cool before using).
Revitalize Skin – Wash with a body scrub made from 2 teaspoons grated ginger, ¼ cup olive oi, ½ cup sugar and lemon zest.
Even Out Skin Tone – Drink a glass of ginger tea daily (recipe below).
Minimize Wrinkles – Drink a glass of ginger tea daily (recipe below).
Ginger Mustard Bath: Add 2 Tsps of freshly ground ginger and 1 Tbsp of mustard powder to warm water.
Ginger Lemonade: Simply combine freshly grated ginger, lemon juice, cane juice or honey and water.
Ginger Orange Sweet Potatoes: Add ginger and orange juice to puréed sweet potatoes.
Ginger Infused Salad Dressing: Combine ginger, soy sauce, garlic and olive oil to taste.
Ginger Apple Pie: Add grated ginger to your favorite recipe for baked apple pie.
Ginger Tea: Peel ginger, cut 4-6 slices and boil in water for 10-20 minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon and honey to taste.
Ginger Massage Oil: Place 1 cup olive oil in a small saucepan, add an inch of thinly sliced, fresh ginger, than add 10 dried rosebuds; heat on low for 30 minutes.
Ginger Martini: Soak ginger slices in vodka and then garnish martini with vodka infused ginger slices.
TIPS & TRICKS
- Fresh ginger is preferable to dried ginger as it contains higher levels of gingerol.
- When purchasing fresh ginger, make sure it is firm and free of mould.
- Ginger is generally available in two forms, either young or mature. Mature ginger has a tough skin and requires peeling while young ginger does not need to be peeled.
- Fresh ginger can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks if it is left unpeeled. Stored unpeeled in the freezer, it will keep for up to six months.
- Dried ginger powder should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place. Alternatively, you can store it in the refrigerator where it will enjoy a shelf life of about one year (To store ginger for an even longer period of time, you can peel it and cover it with vodka prior to storing).
- The taste that ginger imparts to a dish depends upon when it is added during the cooking process. When ginger is added at the beginning, it will lend a subtler flavor while added near the end, it will deliver a more pungent taste.
- You can easily peel ginger by tilting a spoon to its side and scraping down the root.
- Add extra pizzaz to your rice side dishes by sprinkling grated ginger, sesame seeds and seaweed on top.
- Spice up sautéed vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger.