We all have memories of drinking ginger ale to soothe an upset stomach when we’re not feeling well, but ginger is much more than just a soft drink ingredient.
Ginger is a spicy root that has been used in teas, cookies, candies, and many other dishes for over 2000 years. Chinese medicine has used ginger’s beneficial properties to help with a variety of health issues. In modern times, ginger ale is a commonly used cure for nausea.
Ginger has an incredible ability to reduce inflammation in the stomach and aid in digestion. It has many other beneficial properties as well. Due to its high antioxidant and antibacterial properties, it can boost the immune system making it especially useful in combating colds and flu. Ginger is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis due its anti-inflammatory properties.
Dried ginger powder or fresh ginger slices can be made in to a tea by steeping the ginger in hot water. Ginger can also be applied as a paste to the forehead to treat a headache or migraine.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties make it great for treating acne. A facial toner can be made by combining boiled water and ginger root, strain out the ginger root and allow the solution to cool, then add a few drops of lavender oil and store in a dark glass container in the refrigerator. Apply the toner daily for clearer skin.
There are so many wonderful benefits to bringing ginger in to your every day life. You can slice the root and add it to your water bottle, mix it with cinnamon and sugar and add it to your toast, or sprinkling into coffee or tea. It can also be used to spice up your cooking, you can add it to sauteed vegetables or a side dish of rice.