Ginger is a knotted, thick, beige underground stem or rhizome of the plant. Ginger traces back its roots from South China. From there it spread to India, Southeast Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbeans. Ginger also grows abundantly here in the Philippines.
the most important active components of ginger root are thought to be volatile oils and pungent phenol (used in resins, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and in diluted form ad a disinfectants and antiseptics). Gingers comes in two varieties. The common one is big and white. Aside from being used as a food spice, it also possesses medicinal properties. But the small and yellow kind, is more potent one. Ginger botanical name is Zingiber Officinale.
In India, aside from using ginger as spice, Indians used ginger to heal physical ailments. They believed it to possessed mythical and spiritual healing powers. Chinese sailors sucked it to alleviate seasickness. Greeks used it to aid digestions.
As trade flourished between Asia and Europe, Ginger became more popular. It served as a beverage, known as ginger tea or ginger ale. It also becomes a delicacy- gingerbread. Eventually, ginger reached the American soil where it was used to treat dysentery, indigestion, nausea, and flatulence, or the pressure of excessive gas in the digestive tract.
Ginger does not only have medicinal effects, it is also used as coloring, preservative, and flavor enhancement of food. it also neutralized the fishy taste of fish.
Researchers have discovered that ginger had a strong circulatory stimulant and vasodilator. As vasodilator, it can lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. Ginger also helps reduce chest congestion and is a good expectorant and pulmonary antiseptic. It is effective in respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, headache, colds and chills. a hot ginger brew or gingerade can bring relief from those ailments.
Ginger poultice can relieve joint swell and arthritic pain. Tonsillitis and toothaches can be remedied by a piece of ginger. In cases like sore throat, chew a piece of ginger till the sore is relieve.
Ginger hot tea is also good for abdominal pains, indigestion, gas pains, vomiting and spasms. Travelers are advice to take one cup of ginger tea 30.minutes before travel or trip. for those suffering for. Seasickness, bring a long small piece of ginger for chewing. Chew ginger to prevent nausea and dizziness. Ginger also brings relief for those with migraine headaches.
Ginger is rich in vitamins A, C, and B complex as well as phosphorus, iron, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. It also contains essential amino acids and other vital nutrients needed to protect the body from cancer-causing free radicals and reactive oxygen that can result in tissue degeneration which causes cancer.
In general, ginger intake should not exceed 4 grams in a day, including ginger obtained through diet.
for those suffering from colds, sore throat, headache, flu symptoms, and menstrual cramps, you may prepare this ginger drink: 2 table spoons of freshly shredded ginger steeped in hot water if no available you can use powdered ginger with hot water. drink this concoction 2-3 times daily until you are relieved.
for steam inhalation, a drop of ginger oil or a few slices of fresh rhizome added to steaming water will work wonders.
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