The Gifted Ginger–For this month’s theme of “Back to the Roots”, we take a closer look at the often-overlooked root vegetable: Ginger.

Besides turmeric, ginger is one of the world’s most potent disease-fighting spices. It has been widely regarded for centuries as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. From curing a common cold and cough to beating pharmaceutical drugs for concerns like motion sickness and inflammation, much can be said about the gifts of ginger!

The Gifted Ginger–Everyday Ailments

 

“Fresh juice of ginger is used to cure symptoms of a cough and cold. It helps stop watery discharge from nose and help cure a headache and fever associated with common cold if taken in tea or as a decoction with basil and honey,” says Dr. Jaishree. Simply mix ginger juice with basil leaves and honey to alleviate and cure the symptoms of a cough and cold.

If you or your child has a poor appetite: When used before meals, ginger improves appetite by igniting digestive fire due to its hot potency. It also enhances digestion due to its pungent taste and alleviates toxins of indigestion from the body. Thinly slice the piece of ginger in a salt and a lime juice mixture before and after meals should not only do the trick but also aid in digestion.

If you have hypopigmented patches on your skin, apply a thin layer of ginger juice on your skin will help too.

The Gifted Ginger–Cancer-Curing 

Astoundingly, ginger is claimed to be even more effective than many cancer drugs at shrinking tumors. Commonly consumed across the world in small doses among food and beverage products, the medicinal properties of ginger far surpass even advanced pharmaceutical inventions.

The whole ginger extract has been shown to help inhibit growth of prostate cancer cells, and even killing them. There are over 17 other studies* that have also reached similar conclusions on ginger’s anti-cancer benefits, with the spice being shown by peer-reviewed research to positively impact beyond 101 diseases.

The Gifted Ginger–Reducing Inflammation

Ginger is also one of the best painkillers in the world, having analgesic properties like the Panadol and Paracetamol – only better. It has active ingredients to reduce pain. A study by researchers found that when people who were suffering from muscular pain were given ginger, and they all experienced improvement.

The recommended dosage of ginger is between 500 and 1,000 milligrams per day. You can start by drinking ginger tea or using some ginger shavings in your foods. Either way will get you relief from that recurring pain.

The Gifted Ginger–Relieving Motion Sickness

Studies and research have also demonstrated that ginger beats dimenhydrinate, the main ingredient in motion sickness drugs such as Dramamine, for controlling symptoms of seasickness and motion sickness. Ginger stimulates saliva flow and digestive activity, settles the stomach, relieves vomiting, eases pain from gas and diarrhea, and is effective as an anti-nausea remedy.

Here’s a ginger refresher recipe to try out!

*Information is taken from PreventDisease.com and click here to read the full article and scientific background on the above-mentioned claims.

Quan Fa Organic Farm is a family-owned and operated an organic farm that tries to contribute to the global movement of educating consumers about how to make better eating choices for not only a healthier body but also towards a more sustainable way of living for all. Read more musings on their blog site Organic Times.