The Benefits of Ginger Root
The benefits of ginger root go far beyond it's well known culinary use! This warm, stimulating herb has been used for thousands of years for traditional healing. It's claim to fame is as a suberb digestive aid but it has many more healing qualities!
Here's a list of ginger root health benefits:
- Relieves allergy symptoms
- Stimulates circulatory system
- Great for gas, bloating and colic - Try some ginger next time you over indulged at the dinner table!
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Fights colds and wards off chills
- Eases menstrual cramps
- Works as an expectorant to break up phlegm
- Eases sore throats
- Great for motion sickness
- Also for morning sickness
- Wonderful alternative to anti nausea drugs - (Ginger root will eleviate nausea from chemotherapy too but avoid taking on an empty stomach)
- May relieve pain and inflammation from arthritis
- Eases sore muscles
The benefits of ginger root can gained in many forms. You can find it as a:
- Capsule - Always take with a full glass of water!
- Ginger essential oil
- Tincture or extract
- Fresh or dried ginger root
- Crystalized candied ginger
- Or a simple ginger tea
Warning: If you have an acute inflammatory disease talk to your doctor before using ginger therapeutically. Ginger is also a natural blood thinner. Always consult your doctor before taking herbal remedies if you are taking prescription medication.
Ginger tea benefits can be enjoyed in several ways. You can buy commercial ginger tea but making your own is inexpensive and much more potent.
How To Make Ginger Tea
Using dried ginger to make tea: You may have some in your spice cabinet right now! Simply mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ginger in one cup boiling water.
When using fresh ginger, add 1 or 2 slices to 1 cup water and simmer for 10 minutes.
You can also make your own ginger tincture. This is extremely handy as you simply mix 1 teaspoon of the tincture/extract to a cup of hot water and enjoy! Learn about making tinctures here.
A cup of ginger tea tastes great and warms the body on a cold winter day! You can also add a little honey to sweeten the experience.
Speaking of sweet, here's a great Candied Ginger Recipe! Crystalized ginger is convienent for travel so you can get the health benefits of ginger wherever you are plus you'll have made your own homemade ginger syrup in the process.
- 1 cup fresh ginger root
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups sugar
- Peel ginger and slice into rounds about 1/8 inch thick.
- Mix sugar and water in a large sauce pan and bring to boil.
- When sugar is disolved, add ginger and simmer for 45 minutes.
- Ginger should be sweet and tender.
- Drain ginger and reserve liquid.
- Place ginger on rack to dry for 30 minutes.
- Toss with sugar to coat.
- Let dry on wax paper.
- Store in airtight container.
- Boil reserved liquid until reduced to a syrup with consistency between maple syrup and honey.
- Sugar will crystalize, but just add a little water and boil.
- Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
- Syrup can be used for waffles, ice cream, tea or whereever you use syrup.
Benefits of ginger root essential oil
You can make a wonderful, warming massage oil by mixing 5-10 drops of ginger essential oil to 25 ml (about 2 tablespoons is fine) almond oil or any natural plant oil. This massage oil is great for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago, any aches and pains or just simply for pleasure. Don't use on inflamed or irritated skin though.
Be sure to give the benefits of ginger root a try or just enjoy a tasty cup of ginger tea knowing your body is enjoying it also!
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