Native to southeastern Asia, India and China, ginger has been an integral component of the diet and valued for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties for thousands of years. The ginger plant is a creeping perennial with thick, tuberous underground stems and an ability to grow up to one meter in height. There are a number of health benefits associated with this culinary spice and medicinal marvel.
Health Benefits: Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating discomfort and pain in the stomach. Ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative, a substance that promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system and soothes the intestinal tract.
How To Use: Ginger tea is an ideal remedy when you feel a cold coming on. It is a diaphoretic tea, meaning that it will warm you from the inside and promote perspiration. An infusion of fresh, thinly sliced root ginger in boiling water has a heating action on the upper respiratory tract, making it a soothing home remedy for colds, flu, and coughs.
To learn more about ginger's health benefits, read Dr. Leo Galland's suggestions on how to use the plant in the Huffingtonpost.
- Blythman, Joanna, and Rosie Sykes. "Why Ginger Is Good for You." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 19 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.
- Galland, M.D. Leo. "Ginger's Health Benefits: Fighting Pain, Inflammation, Arthritis." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 18 Apr. 2011. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.