Ginger the herb that is used as spice in our country and world over is considered as a wonder drug in naturopathy and Ayurveda mainly for its many therapeutic qualities. You can use ginger as fresh, dried, powdered or even as essential oil. Belonging to Zingiberacea family like cardamom, turmeric and so on, ginger has many positive effects on your health.
Here are some benefits of ginger that would make you want to have it in your daily diet.
- Relieves from Motion Sickness
Ginger is found to have properties of reducing nausea while in motion and also nauseating sensation that follows surgery or seasickness and so on. Off late ginger is used to treat nausea caused due to chemotherapy.
Chew off a bit of fresh ginger while you feel nausea for immediate results.
- Flatulence and Heartburn Relief
Ginger has carminative properties which help in expulsion of gas from the digestive system and hence bloating due to excess gas production in your tummy can be reduced with ginger and you would be relieved of flatulence and heart burn.
- Crush a piece of ginger and extract its juice.
- Let it settle in a container and after a few minutes drink the supernatant liquid alone for relief from flatulence.
- Anti Inflammatory Property Of Ginger
Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.
- Menstrual Pain Relief
There is evidence that ginger can reduce symptoms that are caused due to menstrual pain.
You can take one tsp of ginger extract four times a day from one or two days before menstrual period, this will reduce the pain symptoms.
- Controls Pain Caused Due To Arthritis
Pain caused due to arthritis can be reduced using ginger. Pain during walking, standing and stiffness experienced due to arthritis seem to be reduced to a large extent. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger helps in reducing pain caused due to arthritis.
You can take ginger extract in the form of tea or plain ginger extract daily. One tsp in the morning and one in the evening is good for reducing prolonged pain.
You can also add a few drops of ginger oil in your bath
- Prevents or Controls Diabetes
There is a general fear to people with a family history of diabetes can take ginger regularly to avoid diabetes.
You can take ginger on a daily basis as juice mixed with honey or as small pieces in your food.
- Controls Loss Of Appetite
Ginger has the property of helping in production of digestive juices thereby better digestion. Thus you would get rid of low appetite problem.
You can chew off a small piece of fresh ginger half an hour before your meal.
- Improves Digestion And Prevents Diabetic Nephropathy (kidney damage in diabetics)
The absorption and assimilation process during digestion is enhanced by ginger. Thus it helps in better nutrient absorption. Thus when nutrient absorption is better you are sure to have lesser diabetic nephropathy.
It also helps in breaking down of proteins too.
Add a few pieces of ginger in your food.
You can put a small piece of ginger in a warm glass of water and let it for some time, and then you can have the water.
Boil a piece of ginger in a glass of water and simmer it till it becomes half a glass, then cool this water and drink.
9. Migraine Relief
Ginger has the capacity to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis which acts as the main pain inducer in migraine, hence ginger helps in relieving this pain and also inflammation in the blood vessels too. Thus head ache from migraine is reduced to a great extent.
Make a paste of ginger and apply it on your forehead to be relieved of migraine headache.
- Helps to treat Ovarian Cancer and Colo-rectal Cancer
Latest study has enough results to prove that ginger powder can induce death of ovarian cancer cells.
Ginger powder either in the powder form or mixed in water can be taken in the morning and evening.
- Battles Against Common Respiratory Problems
Ginger loosens the phlegm in your respiratory tract thus easing your respiratory system and expanding it. It breaks down the mucus and helps in removing it.
Ginger extract combined with a tsp of honey is recommended for common respiratory problems.
- Gives Better Immunity
Ginger helps in improving your immunity system with time. It helps in keeping your body at a constant temperature and also inhibiting fat deposition along the walls of arteries. This way you are out of risk zone of diseases related to heart or diabetes.
Make a concoction of ginger by shredding it and boiling it in water. When the amount of water reduces by half cool it and store in refrigerator.
You can have one spoon full in the morning and evening.
- Maintains Normal Blood Circulation
Ginger contains good amounts of chromium, magnesium and zinc, these micro nutrients help in maintaining a normal flow of blood in your blood vessels. This maintains the temperature of your body so that excess chills, fever or even excessive sweats are prevented.
- Gives Better Hair Growth
Ginger has a positive effect on your hair growth especially when there is hair fall due to some disease and health problem.
Add ginger essential oil with sesame oil and massage once in two days for 3 months continuously for best results.
- Reduces Cellulite
For people who have serious cellulite problems, ginger is a real wonder drug.
Take ? cup sugar, ? cup olive or coconut oil, grated ginger and lemon zest
Make a scrub out of it and use regularly.