You may recognize the word ginger from ginger ale, gingerbread or ginger snap cookies. Ginger is also used in cooking in baking and stir frying. Ginger ale is recommended as a soothing beverage to drink when people are sick. Ginger tea is also considered a healthy drink that is used for detoxifying and as a tonic. Ginger is the root of a plant, Zingiber officinale. Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes in China for centuries. Ginger was also used by the ancient Romans. In modern times studies have shown that ginger helps to prevent cancer and stops cancer cell growth.
Ginger has a strong spicy flavor and may be considered an herb or a spice but it is the rhizome or root of the Zingiber officinale plant. Ginger is used for medicinal purposes. Ginger is used to treat headaches, fatigue, nausea, colds and flu. Ginger is believed to help to cure diabetes. Ginger is an antioxidant. Ginger helps to relieve congestion. Ginger helps to thin the blood and lowers cholesterol.
Ginger increases the circulation of energy in the body and increases the metabolism. Ginger is antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Ginger increases the flow of blood, relaxes peripheral blood vessels and induces sweating. Ginger is analgesic and may relieve the pain of a headache. Ginger is used to treat nausea. Ginger is carminative, expectorant and antispasmodic. Ginger is believed to prevent motion sickness.
Ginger is helpful in treating angina, bursitis, cataracts, colds, coughs, depression, dizziness, fatigue, fever, heart disease, infertility, kidney stones, migraines, sciatica, stroke and viral infections. Ginger home remedies are used to treat arthritis, diabetes, diarrhea, colds, flatulence, flu, headaches, heart problems, motion sickness and stomach problems.
A ginger tea treatment for sore throats is made by adding ginger, cinnamon and a sweetener to boiled water. To treat coughs add a pinch of clove to the tea. Fresh ginger juice with fenugreek is used as an expectorant to treat asthma. A ginger headache treatment can be made by mixing ginger powder with a half teaspoon of water. The mixture is then applied to the forehead. Inhaling ginger vapors can help to alleviate cold symptoms. Boil a quart of water with a teaspoon of ginger powder and inhale the steam.
Ginger tea can be made with fresh ginger. Grate a piece of ginger and put it in a tea ball. If you like you can add the juice of half a lemon. Add boiling water and a sweetener. Ginger tea may be drunk for nausea or flatulence. Ginger tea with brown sugar is used to treat menstrual cramps.