The healing properties of ginger are known in South Asia, where the plant has been used as a medicinal for many centuries. In Europe, ginger took root long enough and began to be actively used only a few decades ago. Each country has its own peculiarities.
Residents of ancient Greece used ginger to overeat, in Holland the plant acquired the status of a houseplant. In East Asia, the use of ginger is not limited to any one aspect, there the plant is used as a means to maintain health and prolong youth. In the post-Soviet space, ginger is known as an unusual spicy spice.
The healing properties of the plant are known to few. This did not affect the popularity of such a drink with its addition as tea. It has not only a pleasant aroma and excellent taste, but also has a beneficial effect on the body. Tea with ginger is used as a prophylactic for various ailments, and is indicated for use with numerous ailments. Of particular interest in this plant is due to its current availability. Ginger began to grow in many countries, and you can buy it in a supermarket, like any other vegetables and fruits.
What are the beneficial properties?
The plant has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, disinfecting effects. Ginger teas and tinctures can quickly and effectively relieve cold symptoms. To get rid of a sore throat, you need to chew and chew well a little root of the plant.
Ginger root is effective against motion sickness, eliminates vomiting and relieves symptoms of toxicosis. In order for these properties to prove themselves, it is enough to chew a small piece of fresh root. To relieve toxicosis during pregnancy, ginger is recommended to be chewed daily.
The beneficial effect of ginger is multifaceted and manifests itself in:
- normalization and improvement of the stomach;
- relieving muscle fatigue and joint inflammation, pain during the menstrual cycle;
- elimination of puffiness;
- improving memory and mental development;
- increased libido;
- delicate and mild detoxification - the removal of harmful and chemical substances from the body during poisoning.
Ginger is effective in treating diseases of the throat and ligaments. Essential oil obtained from the root of the plant is actively used in the treatment of fears (phobias), apathy, attacks of aggression and other disorders of a psycho-emotional nature.
A characteristic feature of medicinal plants is a pharmacological complex composition. Ginger is no exception. Its composition is rich in phosphorus, zinc, potassium , calcium, iron, magnesium salts. It contains all the amino acids necessary for the body. The latter fact explains that ginger is an integral part of a healthy diet. Ginger contains a large amount of essential oils. They give it a specific tart flavor.
The chemical composition of fresh and dried root has some differences. Some qualities are enhanced, while others, on the contrary, are weakening. Dried ginger has a higher anti-inflammatory antibacterial effect, but has almost no effect on the digestive system.
The content of nutrients per 100 grams of dry root
|Nutrients (g)||Vitamins (mg)||Micronutrients and macronutrients (μg / mg)|
|fats (0.8)||B1 (0,025)||sodium (13)||copper (226 mcg)|
|ash (0.8)||B2 (0,034)||calcium (16)||manganese (229 mcg)|
|proteins (1.8)||B3 (0.75)||phosphorus (34)||zinc (0.34)|
|fiber (2)||B5 (0.2)||magnesium (43)||iron (0.6)|
|carbohydrates (15.8)||B6 (0.16)||potassium (415)||selenium (0.7 mcg)|
|water (78.9)||C (5)|
|folic acid (11)|
What contraindications for use exist?
The usefulness of the plant for the human body is invaluable. However, eating it as a medicine or as a medicine should not neglect the existing contraindications. Ginger is not recommended for children under two years of age, as well as at any age if a person suffers:
- stomach ulcer;
- gastrointestinal tract disease;
- ulcerative colitis;
- inflammation and other skin diseases;
- duodenal ulcer;
To abuse ginger is not recommended even to healthy people. If the plant is consumed fresh, a one-time rate is not more than three grams, and in the form of a powder - should not exceed half a teaspoon. The root is used as an independent ingredient, various drinks and tea are brewed with it, added when baking pies and many other dishes.
Ginger Root Recipes
The plant is used both fresh and ground. Fresh root is recommended to use in the preparation of decoctions, and ground - compresses. Unlike fresh, which can be stored in the refrigerator for only a week, ground ginger is suitable for use for almost four months. Both fresh and dry ginger are natural products. This means that any of the recipes can be adapted. To replace fresh with ground root, the indicated dosage of the plant is halved.
Tea for health and weight loss
Three tablespoons of grated ginger are put in two liters of boiled water, left to brew. Four tablespoons of lemon juice are added to the resulting infusion. You can sweeten tea with sugar or honey. Serve the drink hot. If tea is drunk for weight loss, the recipe is changed. Instead of lemon juice, put garlic (two cloves), do not use sweeteners, including sugar and honey.
This name has a decoction, which is prepared in many Asian countries, where ginger root is considered a panacea for all diseases. The drink has not only a healing effect, but also excellent taste. Cooking it at home is quite easy and simple.
Five centimeters of the root are cut into small pieces and put in a half-liter jar. Add there half a lemon, one tablespoon of honey. Pour boiling water into a jar. Allow the drink to cool and infuse. In order to normalize metabolism and maintain normal weight, a cinnamon stick is added to the prepared drink.
Quickly and effectively allow you to get rid of pain. To make a compress, take two teaspoons of ground root and mix with half a teaspoon of red pepper and a teaspoon of turmeric. Water was added to the resulting mixture. It should turn out to be a slurry, which is applied to a tissue or napkin, and then applied to an inflamed muscle.
To relieve headaches, the compress is even easier to prepare. Ground root is mixed with warm water to form a thick mass. The composition is applied to the tissue (napkin), applied to the forehead and held for about 10-15 minutes.
An excellent tool for relaxation, improving skin condition, relieving itching and inflammation, strengthening the body and muscle recovery. To prepare a bath with ginger, several tablespoons of grated root are put on a liter of water and boiled for several minutes. Cooked "ginger" water is added to the bath.