Ginger is one of those things I always have on hand: in the car for motion sickness, in a baggie in my purse to help with joint-ache in the winter and to help and settle my tummy if I’m not feeling too well. I also keep ginger tea in my house and ginger bath salts in my cupboard and…
Well, you get the idea.
Ginger can be used for a hundred different things, but it’s most potent properties are anti-inflammatory, digestion, pain relief, and anti-cancer.
Anti-inflammatory: Ginger contains a substance called gingerols. Gingerols are fast acting antioxidants that help you battle things like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. They also help prevent aging in other parts of the body by battling free-radicals.
Nausea: Ginger is exceptionally good at battling nausea in the forms of morning sickness and motion sickness. In one study, ginger outperformed an over-the-counter medication called Dramamine. It also helps nausea caused by cancer-treatments and post-operative surgery.
Pain relief: Ginger has substances that help reduce the build-up of pain. While it doesn’t happen all at once, taking ginger over the course of a few days has proven to drastically lower pain experienced over the course of workout routines.
Digestion: Ginger has been shown to boost appetite, ease digestion and contain fiber, which helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol. Ginger also helps reduce painful intestinal gas that causes bloating.
Anti-Cancer: Ginger has been proven in multiple studies to increase apoptosis in cells associated with the reproductive system including: ovarian, uterine, breast and prostate. It also helps increase apoptosis in cases of colon cancer.
Your daily dose of ginger should be between 1 and 1.5 grams of ginger a day, which is about the same size and weight as a large jellybean. You can get this dose in a number of ways:
This compress is good for sore joints or sites or inflammation and tenderness.
- Get a fairly large pot and fill it with water, then bring to a boil, then cut the heat to low.
- Grate your ginger root. You should have enough to about fill the palm of your hand.
- Place your ginger in cheesecloth or clean handkerchief and tie off with a string or rubber band.
- Put your ginger ball into the pot of water for a few minutes.
- Get some small towels or cloths, and put into the pot as well.
- Wring out the cloths and put on the affected area. Cover with a dry towel to help retain the heat. You’ll need to swap out the towels every few minutes or so to keep the compress hot.
- Do this for about twenty minutes or until your skin is a little flushed.
Ginger Bath Remedies
One route is to grate 5-6 inches of ginger root into a tub of hot water and to soak until you feel better.
Another is to add about 15-20 drops of ginger essential oils to 1 cup of Epsom salts, ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of kosher salt. Soak until you feel better
Ginger in Food
The 3rd and easiest method is to eat ginger!