Ginger is a popular spice and herbal medicine produced from the root of the tropical herbaceous plant, Zingiber officinale. It has been used in the treatment of many health ailments for thousands of years, and the Chinese, for instance, have been using it to help digestion and treat nausea, diarrhea, and stomach upset for more than 2,000 years.
Although its worldwide popularity has started to grow just recently, ginger has a long history use in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. It has been used to help treat numerous health issues, including arthritis, colic, diarrhea, heart conditions, common cold, flu-like symptoms, headaches, and painful menstrual periods.
This aromatic and pungent root is rich in potassium, manganese, and vitamins A, C, E, and B vitamins. Furthermore, it is also a great source of sodium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, beta-carotene, and calcium. Ginger has also been found to help strengthen the heart, improve immunity, and promote overall good health. In addition, owing to its high silicon content, it is essential in the building of healthy and strong hair, teeth, nails, and skin.
According to a study published in Phytotherapy Research, ginger is the best remedy for joint inflammation.
Ginger’s active compounds, known as gingerols, possess powerful anti-inflammatory effect. These help restore the normal function of your nerves, muscles and ankles. Due to its amazing properties ginger is also oftentimes used to treat migraines and chronic headaches.
Therefore, if you suffer from any of the abovementioned ailments, including headaches, joint inflammation, muscle pain, and heartburn, use ginger water to soothe your symptoms within just a few minutes.
Here’s how to prepare it:
- 2 inch piece of ginger root
- ½ lemon
- 3 cups of water
- raw honey
Remove the peel from the ginger root and grate it. Then, squeeze out the juice of the lemon and add it together with the grated ginger and the water to a jug. Finally, add some raw honey and mix everything well. Consume it regularly and your aches will soon be relieved.
People with gallstones, heart conditions, diabetes, and pregnant or breastfeeding women, should consult their doctor or healthcare provider prior to taking ginger.
Ginger should not be taken by people who have a bleeding disorder or are taking any blood-thinning medications, including aspirin.