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Ginger for Health

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.

Eat
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.

Drink
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

Delicious Living is the go-to resource for the natural and organic lifestyle, helping readers eat well, live green, and stay healthy. Visit deliciouslivingmag.com for more articles and free recipes.

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1:26AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

so good for dogs also!

12:39PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

good to know

7:32AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

11:47PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

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

12:01PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

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

5:14AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Thanks

12:03PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

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

6:38AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

7:56PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Ginger rocks! :)

8:00AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

thanks

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