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.
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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