Reasons To Fall In Love With Ginger, Medicine In Many Diseases.

Ginger is a very healthy and beneficial food item. It is mainly found in temperate and tropical climates and all over the world and is grown as a bulbous vegetable. The same name ‘Ginger’ calls its dried form. In Ayurveda, it is known as a medicine having numerous benefits. The prominent property is that it is anti-inflammatory. It helps in the digestion process, fights the gas produced in the stomach, especially in the intestine. The gas will disappear if you peel ginger desiccate and mix with the juice of lemon and some raisins and take a spoon with each meal.

 

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Ginger has shown to improve heart health. A study testing the properties of ginger found that ginger reduced cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels. It also raises HDL (good) cholesterol and helps improve blood circulation by reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. You can enjoy your morning cup of ginger tea or add it to your food and lower your likelihood of heart disease. Via

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Benefits of ginger are given below:

1) Stomach ache and/or upset.

At time’s carelessness while eating creeps in, resulting in stomach pain. Under such circumstances, taking  a teaspoon of both ginger and mint leaves’ extract with a pinch of rock salt will cure the ache. Ginger is very effective ingredient for treating the upset stomach or indigestion problems. You come to know how much good the ginger does to cure the upset stomach with the below-mentioned properties.

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Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to increase the digestive juices and also neutralizes the stomach (acids) to give relief from the upset stomach and stomach pain. It has strong anti-oxidants called gingerols and shogaols (Chemicals) that decrease the free radicals production and also their damage to the body. It also helps to relax the intestinal tract and that gives relief from the gas and pain.

It helps the food flow smoothly through the digestive tract by allowing the body to absorb the nutrients in the food. It is a great carminative that contributes to eliminating the extra gas from the intestinal tract and reduces the risk of having any digestive, intestinal problems. It stimulates the production of saliva, bile, gastric juices, etc. so that it aids in better digestion and prevent gas. It relaxes muscles, relieves cramping that lessens the chance of backed up, fermenting food in the digestive system. (Reduces bloating and flatulence) It improves blood circulation by boosting the blood flow and reduces the inflammation.

Here are the traditional methods that help to treat the upset stomach. You can try these methods to get rid of the problem.

Method – 1: (Ginger)

Take a fresh piece of ginger and peel the skin to eat it especially after meals. But remember to take 1 gram of ginger per day. Or simply make this ginger either in the pills or by drinking ginger ale or tincture, etc. Or chew on a candied, crystallized ginger that help the sickness associated with air or travel sickness. Make sure that some candies and soda contain artificial flavor. So be sure in the selection to take pure ginger products to consume that gives relief from the upset stomach. Or you can get ginger chews in many grocery and health stores or online from Amazon, eBay, etc. bring that one and start eating it regularly. Regular intake of ginger in any form will help a lot in curing the stomach problems like upset stomach, stomach pain, heartburn, gas, etc. This process is also used to treat stomach gas, stomach ache and upset stomach and gas problems

Method – 2: (Ginger Juice, Lemon Juice and Salt)

Take 2 teaspoons of ginger juice, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a pinch of table salt or black salt. Mix all the ingredients well and consume this with or without water mixed whichever is comfortable to you. Continue sipping it whenever you suffer from the upset stomach.

Method – 3: (Fresh Ginger)

Take a piece of fresh ginger and cut it into slices. Sprinkle some salt over it so that salt has to be on every piece. Chew this ginger slices completely as often as possible. Continue this throughout the day to prevent the upset stomach. Or  you can add ginger as a spice in your recipes for relief from the upset stomach. This process also helps to cure stomach pain.

Method – 4: (Candied Ginger)

Take a fresh ginger root and slice it into 1/2 –inch thick pieces. Dip these slices in honey (sufficient to drop the pieces). Take a skillet and add a little butter and cook it for 3 – 5 minutes over low heat.  Then transfer these ginger slices to a cookie sheet and allow them to get cool and harder for about 30 – 40 minutes. Have this regularly after it becomes candied ginger

Method – 5: (Candied or Crystallized Ginger)

Take two fists –sized pieces of fresh ginger (1 – 2 lbs) and peel it off and cut it into thin slices. Add a cup of sugar to this ginger in a pot and put it on the heat over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat to low and simmer partly and covered for 20 minutes. Let it cool and drain it by keeping this ginger water in a jar to use it for tea. Put this ginger back to the pot and fill it with fresh water. Add another cup of sugar and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer partly covered for 20 minutes and let it cool by allowing it sit for overnight. Again bring the pot to a boil by adding another cup of sugar. Stir it well and turn the heat to low and simmer partly covered for about an hour.  Stir it often so that the mixture does not burn or stick to the pot. Finally, the liquid should be quite thick and almost like syrup then it is ready and then turn off the heat. Allow it to get cooled by putting these slices of ginger on a rack to dry (overnight or 7 – 10 hours). Coat this dried pieces with sugar and store it an airtight container and store it in a refrigerator (for longer storage time). Eat this as a candy, suck and chew it slowly to get rid of the upset stomach and other stomach problem. Via

2) No Appetite

Mix in one gram of roasted cumin seed powder, a little of ginger extract( juice) along with half a pinch of rock salt. Take the mixture after each meal, this will ensure and increase the appetite.

3) The Common Cold

Have twice or thrice a day pulverized ginger with two grams of crushed ginger, plus four leaves of basil, 4 to 5 black pepper all mixed and boiled in tea. The mixture will soon cure the common cold, and also if having any slight fever.

4) Cough:

For wheezing in throat and cough take 4-5 black pepper in ginger extract in honey, the throat is cleared, and cough disappears.

5) Earache:

Often it is seen that children get severe pain in the ear due to cold. Put four drops of ginger juice, and the pain will go away pretty soon. Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful in treating ear infections. It is also an excellent natural painkiller. Extract juice from fresh ginger and put it directly into the ears to get relief from pain and reduce inflammation. You can also mix one teaspoon of fresh grated ginger root with two tablespoons of olive oil. Leave it to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes and then put a few drops of the oil in the aching ear. Via: 

6. Vomiting and Cholera:

If the vomiting goes on due to cholera, it will be wise to take every hour one gram of ginger extract juice mixed with one gram juice of onion added to three gram of honey. The vomiting will stop, and cholera gets cured fast.

7. Arthritis:

Take 500 gram of Ginger juice and mix with 250 grams of mustard oil, boil the mixture till the ginger juice dries. The resultant mustard oil is ready for application to the body part suffering from arthritis. The relief is sure to follow.

8. Hiccup and cough:

If there is cough mucus gathered around the chest and you get hiccups every very often, chew ginger pieces with rock sugar. It will slowly  stop hiccup and cough.

 

 A You Tube video on top ten benefits of Ginger:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXHgZi9ATs8

Harinder

Former Sailing Sea Captain at V.Ships, Miami, FL, USA (retired in 2009). Studied BA (Sophomore) at The Principia, now lives in Jaipur, India

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