Ginger for Health

In addition to being a zesty Asian flavor enhancer, used in everything from baked goods to sushi, this rhizome’s potent gingerol compounds help reduce inflammation, ease nausea, and may lower blood pressure.

To soothe osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, add about 1/4-inch slice of minced, fresh ginger to food every day or eat ginger chews, which may offer the same effect. Eating ginger can also mitigate hypertension and relieve motion sickness by taking ginger in capsule or tincture form. Talk with your health care practitioner about an appropriate dose.

Combat a queasiness or morning sickness with ginger tea. Place one or two 1/2-inch slices of fresh ginger into a mug of hot water. Let it steep for a few minutes. To eliminate gas, sip an authentic, nonalcoholic ginger beer–as opposed to conventional ginger ales, which often don’t include any fresh ginger.

Apply topically
Ginger creates a warming sensation that helps increase circulation, soothe sore joints, and relax muscles when massaged into the skin. Plus, antioxidants in ginger boost skin’s ability to fight free radicals. Mix a couple of drops of ginger essential oil into a carrier oil and kneed into problem areas.

For more about this spicy rhizome, see Ginger: The Cook’s Best Medicine

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Magdika Cecilia Perez

so good for dogs also!

JL A.2 years ago

good to know

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

Dale O.

Ginger is marvellous, not only does it taste good but has so many healing qualities as well.

Hope Becklund
Hope Becklund2 years ago

Using ginger at home today to help with stomach flu symptoms!

Nils Anders Lunde


Edvanir L.
Edvanir L.2 years ago

How should we apply it directly to the skin? Simply slicing ginger and making a massage? hmm...

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago

Ginger rocks! :)

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson2 years ago