If you think GINGER is only useful in the kitchen, think again! Ginger is proven to have various beneficial effects on human health.
Ginger is also used to treat colds, flu, stomach discomfort, cramps, inflammation, morning sickness, motion sickness, fight cancer and strengthen our immune system.
(originally written by Jill)
While making some recipes that included minced ginger this past week, I started thinking about this strange-looking rhizome (kind of looks like a foot…no?) and what other things it’s good for, besides making food taste so good! I knew a LITTLE bit about the health benefits of ginger from listening to people I know and respect tout its’ ability to help with stomach discomfort and in treating cold and flu symptoms. But I personally have only used it in food…which is a wonderful way to use it! It just gives dishes a fresh kick of flavor that I love!
But if you’re only using it in cooking…you’re missing out on a whole lot of great natural remedies that people in Asia have been using for thousands of years!
Since we are in the cold and flu season, I thought I’d start with that.
1. Fighting Off Colds and Flu
Wheezing, coughing, and a runny and clogged nose are common respiratory symptoms during the winter months. Ginger can help ease these symptoms by acting as a decongestant to release phlegm. Ginger is also effective in helping to relieve asthma symptoms. The volatile oils and vitamins in ginger provide antiviral properties that help in the prevention and fast recovery from colds, sore throat, sinusitis and flu.
The University of Maryland Medical Center states that to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, and drink two to three times a day.