Benefits of Ginger Root

Chinese medicine considers ginger as one of the five main ingredients in diet therapy, together with rice vinegar, rice wine, salt and honey.

Did you know that besides giving your food a particular taste and flavor, the health benefits of ginger root are numerous?

Starting with the positive effects for the gastrointestinal system, to the anti-inflammatory effects it has on joints, ginger root health benefits cover a wide range of problems.

Eat ginger root to boost your immune system

Don't you think the ideal flu medicine should be no medicine at all? Don't hesitate to eat ginger; it will keep you safe from common cold.

If you've caught cold or flu however, use ginger root or ginger oil to fight the symptoms. They are good expectorants and are effective in various respiratory problems such as cold, flu, cough, asthma or bronchitis.

Here is a recipe for cough: Squeeze a ginger root and mix the juice with a little honey and 1 cup of hot water. Drink 1-2 cups a day until the cough disappears.

Benefits of ginger root for asthma

Fresh ginger juice, mixed with carrot juice (in equal parts), can prevent asthma attacks. Drink the juice in the morning, 15 days per month or at critical moments.

Alternately, drink 2 teaspoons of this juice before each meal, together with ginger tea.

Although you can easily prepare ginger juice and tea at home, a more effective way for treating asthma is with ginger tincture. Add 3 ml of ginger root herbal tincture in a glass of warm water and drink as needed.

Benefits of ginger root for inflammation and pain

Ginger contains volatile oil (predominantly zingiberol) and phenolic compounds (gingerols). Gingerol is an analgesic which relieves sore muscles pain, arthritis, rheumatism, headaches or migraine. It prevents the production of prostaglandins, the precursor hormones of inflammatory mechanisms.

If you suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, regular consumption of fresh ginger root will relieve the pain.

* To eliminate muscle pain, massage the muscle with ginger oil or ginger paste (ginger root powder mixed with a little water).

* For rheumatism, dilute 1 ml / 0.03 oz of ginger essential oil in 30 ml / 1 oz olive oil. Use 6 drops from this mixture for massages in the morning and in the evening.

* Headaches ginger tea: Make an infusion from 1 g dried ginger in 1 cup boiling water. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes, then strain. Drink 2-4 cups per day.

All in one digestion helper - Constipation, flatulence, bloating and indigestion

Among the health benefits of ginger root are its cholecystokinetic and choleretic properties. The increased bile secretion and gallbladder motility will increase your appetite.

Ginger speeds and eases digestion, acting on the stomach lining and stimulating secretion of gastric juices and other digestive enzymes.

Depending on the amount, ginger can have a constipating or a laxative effect. If you eat more than 10 g of ginger during a meal, it can cause constipation, while a smaller amount is laxative.

Anti diabetes

A 2006 study showed that ginger extract lowered triglyceride and blood glucose levels in diabetic rats.

Get a ginger root and cut it in 14 pieces. Eat 1 piece a day for 14 days, in the morning. Take a break for 14 days, and then resume the treatment. Additionally drink Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), bean sheaths and Nettle tea.

Aphrodisiac

Ginger is found in many aphrodisiac products together with honey, cardamom, cinnamon and other aromatic herbs.

To increase the desire and the sexual energy, take 2 tablespoons of honey mixed with 2-3 pinches of ginger powder and 1 pinch of pepper, a quarter or half hour before love making.

Although it isn't a "strong aphrodisiac", ginger will have a special effect on your inner mood.

Find out which secret ingredient complements ginger tea to achieve the maximum energy.



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