Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is one of the most popular culinary spices known for its incredible medicinal properties across the world. Ginger is best known for its ability to help with any kind of digestive upset – from nausea to morning sickness to indigestion. It can even be used to reduce gas, bloating and flatulence. But traditionally it is used as a medicine to treat arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, muscular aches, pains, sore throats, cramps, hypertension, dementia, fever, infectious diseases, nervous system diseases, asthma, stroke, diabetes, and various digestive ailments.
Researchers have identified several active constituents of ginger, namely gingerols and shogaols. After several laboratory studies, it has been found to act as a healing agent include immune-boosting, cancer-prevention, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, antioxidant, blood-sugar-lowering, cholesterol-lowering, and blood pressure-lowering actions.
Few effective ginger home remedies :
While it is certainly acceptable to buy ginger already prepared in the form of capsules, syrups, candy, teas, powder and more, it’s also valuable to learn how effectively we can prepare the same at home on our own. The following 5 recipes for home ginger remedies offer a variety of ways to take advantage of ginger’s wide range of healing actions.
1. Ginger Compress (pain-relieving/anti-inflammatory)
Grate 5 ounces of fresh ginger root onto a clean piece of cloth. Gather the ends of the cloth together and secure them with a piece of string. Put the bundle into a pan with 2 quarts water and heat to 158 F or just until you see bubbles forming on the bottom of the pan. Keep a low flame under the pot until the water turns a pale yellow, 5-15 minutes. Pull the bundle out of the water, and squeeze it to extract all its liquid. (Add to pan.) Soak a small towel in the hot ginger liquid. Wring it out and apply the hot wet towel over the affected area. Cover the compress with layers of towels to retain the heat. When it cools, soak it again in the hot ginger water, and reapply. Continue until the skin gets very red and warm. Repeat at morning and night.
2. Ginger Honey (cough and sore throat remedy)
An easy way to quiet coughs and soothe sore throats is to combine ginger and honey. Cut fresh ginger into small pieces and place into a jar. Pour in enough honey to fully cover the ginger. Let steep for at least one week, opening daily to ensure trapped gasses can safely escape. When you are satisfied with the strength of your honey, strain it through a cheesecloth and store in a jar. Take a spoonful straight or add to hot water to make a tea.
3. Fire Cider (wintertime tonic—great for colds)
1 part Garlic
1 part Horseradish
1 part Onions
½ part Fresh ginger
Cayenne to taste (just a few grains will do)
Honey to taste
Apple Cider Vinegar
Chop fresh garlic, onions, and horseradish into small pieces; enough to fill a wide mouth quart jar nearly half full. Grate fresh ginger and add about half the amount of the first three ingredients. The amounts and proportions vary according to your particular taste; you can always adjust the flavors in future batches. Cover with Apple Cider vinegar (keep vinegar about two to three inches above the herbs). Add a small amount of cayenne to taste. Let sit for two to three weeks. Strain and discard herbs. Add honey to taste. Sip a few ounces as a tonic.
4. Immune booster Soup
1-quart vegetable or mushroom broth
1 small yellow onion, chopped
3 tbsp grated fresh ginger root (or less, to taste)
5 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed (or less, to taste)
1⁄2 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1⁄2 lemon, juiced
1 carrot, grated
3 tbsp fresh, minced parsley
1 stalk lemongrass (if desired)
Combine the broth, onion, ginger, garlic, mushrooms and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and add lemon juice, carrot, parsley, and lemongrass if using. Put the cover on pan and steam for 5 minutes. Remove lemongrass before serving; eat up to 4 times a day.
5. Quick and simple ginger remedies – use an infusion
Infusions and decoctions are other simple options for ginger remedies. For an infusion, pour a cup of boiling water onto l teaspoonful of the fresh root and let it infuse for 5 minutes. For a decoction using the dried root (chopped or powdered) bring dried ginger (plus cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, if you desire) to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes before straining and adding fresh lemon and/or honey to taste.
6. Ginger Amla for Asthma and Hiccups
Make a uniform mixture of 1/2-1 grams of powders of Amla, Long pepper and ginger. It needs to be taken along with a little sugar candy and honey. The dose can be repeated up to 4-6 times a day based on disease intensity. Normally, it is administered twice a day, after food.
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