Ginger is awesome! It’s like a whole medicine chest on its own because this humble root has so many useful properties. Ginger has been used medicinally and as a culinary spice for over 4,000 years in the east and with very good reason. It adds an unmistakable zing to any meal and is so good for you.
Ginger tea is legendary for helping with nausea, stuffy sinuses and sore throats. It is especially effective for relieving the symptoms of colds and flu. The active components of the spice are the volatile oils and powerful phenolic compounds like gingerols and shogaols.
Ginger is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral and antifungal. It is loaded with antioxidants and is thought to protect against colorectal and ovarian cancer because it prevents free radical proliferation.
It is also good for:
- Pain relief in arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Improving circulation
- Contributing to cardiovascular health
- Promoting healthy digestion
- Easing cramps and indigestion
- Relieving flatulence
- Easing menstrual cramps
- Boosting immunity
- Treating asthmatic symptoms
- Balancing blood sugar in diabetes
See how to make medicinal ginger tea below. Drink it while it’s still hot, especially if you have flu.
Ginger is a warming spice that promotes sweating, which is particularly beneficial for respiratory complaints.
Did I mention that it’s delicious too?