ginger

Ginger, the wonder herb has been used for centuries in Asian cuisines. It is a versatile herb and can be used in a variety of recipes. Not only does it add a natural zing to your dishes, but it also has a whole lot of benefits to offer. Let us attempt to see just a few health benefits of ginger and how it can be used best.

What are the health benefits of ginger?

Use ginger to remedy motion sickness

I remember how during our honeymoon to a hill station, I ended up sleeping most of the time on my husband’s lap in the car as I had really bad motion sickness. On the way back however y husband got clever. We got some ginger toffees in a local shop and I kept slowly chewing them. It worked like magic.

Ginger tea, ginger candy or ginger with lemon like a tea could all be amazing remedies for motion sickness.

Use Ginger to treat muscle pain

One of the many benefits of ginger is its ability to treat muscle pain. Make it a habit to consume two grams of ginger ether as ginger tea, by including in your diet or as a supplement to treat muscular pain. In various cuisines such ans Thai and Indian, ginger is a part of the spices added to each dish. It not only imparts taste, but also results in better health.

Ginger to cure digestion problems

Ginger has been known to have various medicinal properties and as a result helps to cure indigestion. A herbal tea can be made from ginger:

Method:

  • In boiling hot water, add a few pieces of ginger.
  • Allow the ginger to soak for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Squeeze lemon into the water. While lemon by itself can cure digestion problems, it works better with ginger.
  • Stir and drink this herbal tea two to three times a day.

benefits of ginger

Relief from heartburn

Many suffer from heart burn due to consumption of excessively oily or spicy foods. One piece of advice here is that, irrespective of what you eat, follow it up with a glass of hot water. Even without adding anything else to it, this hot water will not only help clear up all the oils and fat, but it aids in better metabolism.

Coming back to the tip, when you suffer from heartburn, take a tiny piece of ginger and chew it slowly. You can just keep it in your mouth for a while and saliva will take care of the rest.

Reduces Cancer risk

I personally haven’t seen anyone claim this result, but studies show that the medicinal properties and the constituents of ginger reduces the risk of Cancer. The results seem to be more beneficial for those suffering from Ovarian and Colon cancer. Certain studies claim that ginger has properties that are stronger than chemotherapy when it comes to fighting cancerous cells. The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine conducted a study on the role of ginger in treating cancer and the results showed that ginger was able to fight ovarian cancer by reducing the ability of the cancerous cells to spread. Ginger and turmeric can also be consumed in the form of a tea or by adding these to your everyday food.

Ginger cures cancer

Sugar levels regulation

Ginger is seen to have a positive effect in regulating blood sugar levels. You can make a herbal tea following steps similar to the above method. In boiling hot water, a few tiny pieces of ginger and some fenugreek seeds have to be soaked for an hour. Drink this herbal tea in an empty stomach.

There are a variety of recipes that you can do with ginger so that this wonder herb becomes a part of our everyday diet.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.