Ginger

Ginger has a long history of being used as medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. It is widely used for settling an upset stomach, alleviating nausea and vomiting, reducing flatulence, relieving morning sickness and motion sickness. Its active compound is gingerol, a relative of capsaicin and peperone in hot chilies.

Gingerol has analgesic, antipyretic and antibacterial effects. Studies have shown its volatile oils have anti-inflammatory properties. While another compound zingerone is a potent antioxidant.

How to get the best results?

  1. The richest resins and volatile oils concentrate near the skin, so gently scrape the skin off rather than using a peeler.

  2. Fresh ginger has higher levels of active compounds. Younger ginger roots are juicer and have a milder taste and they don’t need peeling, they are the pale and pink ones.

  3. An easy way to collect the ginger juice is to grate the root and squeeze the juice from the shreds.

Recipes

Ginger tea

  1. Ginger tea: mix 1 tsp. of freshly grated ginger with 1 tsp. of honey in a cup, add boiling water, then squeeze the juice of ½ lemon. For nausea, take the ginger tea half an hour before the meal. It also works well for cold or chill.

  2. Ginger syrup: 2 tbsp. of ginger juice, turmeric and black pepper mix 1 tsp. of honey and vinegar and 3 tbsp. of water. It is good for a sore throat or nasal congestion.

Other uses

  1. Munching on ginger helps reduce flatulence and abdominal cramps.

  2. Add some ginger oil into your bath to help relieve joint pain and muscle pain.

  3. Stir up hot ginger tea and let it circulate in the air, the warming air of this tasty tea helps reduce nasal congestion.

  4. Chewing ginger post-surgery can help reduce nausea.

Precautions

Ginger may interact with certain medications. If you take any of the following medications, such as blood-thinning medications, diabetes medications or anti-hypertensive medications, you should discuss this with your healthcare provider before using ginger.

References

  1. Lee SH, Cekanova M, Baek SJ. Multiple mechanisms are involved in 6-gingerol-induced cell growth arrest and apoptosis in human colorectal cancer cells. Mol Carcinog. 2008; 47(3):197-208.

  2. Ali BH, Blunden G, Tanira MO, Nemmar A. Some phytochemical, pharmacological and toxicological properties of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe): a review of recent research. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008; 46(2):409-20.

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