Ginger is always good for digestion and circulation, it treats many diseases, and I am sure that a lot of you have used it for many purposes.
I personally love to eat it although a lot of people prefer to have it as a drink.
In Japanese restaurants, they usually offer ginger to alter the taste between different rolls, but I usually order a double portion to enjoy its taste.
Ginger has been used by Chinese herbalists for more than 2000 years for culinary and medicinal purposes.
Among the many benefits of ginger are:
- It prevents motion sickness when traveling, and it is just as effective as other drugs used to treat motion sickness. So, it does not hurt to add a bit of ginger to the meal you eat before going on a plane or boat
- Ginger is also known to have the ability to calm an upset stomach and to promote the flow of bile. Ginger supports a healthy cardiovascular system by making platelets less sticky which in turn reduces circulatory problems. Stomach cramps can be eased and circulation can also be improved.
- Ginger can be freshly grated and used in cooking. It is also available as a supplement which can be taken on a daily basis. It is always better to take it from food rather than supplements, but Ginger pills do not interact with any other nutrients or drugs in the body. So, ginger in all forms is very safe to have.
- Besides providing a lot of benefits, ginger is also low in calories and in saturated fat.
- Ginger is also used to reduce pain and inflammation Studies have shown that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
- It is used to relieve heart burns: Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy and it is mostly taken in the form of tea (whether cold or hot) for that purpose.
- Ginger is powerful in treating ovarian cancer, and research has shown that ginger gives a remarkable migraine relief. In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used for the treatment of menstrual cramps.
Here is a recipe for the most common herbal ginger drink: It serves 5 people.
- 2 whole lemons
- 1 handful ginger, peeled and sliced.
- 2 liters of boiled water
- Place lemons and ginger in a heatproof jug
- Pour over the boiled water and wait until it cools to room temperature
- Refrigerate until cold
Put plenty of ice, a few mint leaves and ½ teaspoon of honey in each glass then serve.
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