Ginger is a tropical plant that has green-purple flowers and a fragrant underground stem (called a rhizome). It is widely used as a flavoring or fragrance in foods, beverages, soaps, and cosmetics. Today, ginger is used as a dietary supplement for post-surgery nausea; nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy, or pregnancy; rheumatoid arthritis; and osteoarthritis.
Home Remedies using Ginger
Ginger has many uses in the home remedies department and can be used to help arthritis, diarrhea, flu, headache, heart and menstrual problems, diabetes, stomach upset and motion sickness.
Muscle Strains – Apply warm ginger paste with turmeric to the affected area twice a day.
Sore Throat – Boil some water and add a dash of cinnamon, a little piece of ginger, 1 tsp honey and drink.
For a persistent cough – Take a half teaspoonful of ginger powder, a pinch of clove with a pinch of cinnamon powder and honey in a cup of boiled water and drink it as tea.
Ashma – A teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste acts as a excellent expectorant in the treatment of asthma.
Headaches – Dilute a paste of ginger powder, about 1/2 a teaspoon, with water and apply to you forehead.
Colds – Boil a teaspoonful of ginger powder in one quart of water and inhale the steam – helps alleviate colds.
Ginger Compress – This method stimulates blood and body fluid circulation, helps loosen and dissolve toxic matter eg. cysts, tumors. Place about a handful of coarsely grated ginger in a cloth and squeeze out the ginger juice into a pot containing 4 liters of hot water (do not boil the water). Dip a towel into the ginger water and wring it out. Apply very hot to the affected area.
Diabetes – Some doctors recommend some drinking ginger in water first thing in the morning to help regulate your glucose level.
Ginger, when used as a spice, is believed to be generally safe. In some people, ginger can have mild side effects such as abdominal discomfort, heartburn, diarrhea, and gas. Some experts recommend that people with gallstone disease use caution with ginger because it may increase the flow of bile. Research has not definitely shown whether ginger interacts with medications, but concerns have been raised that it might interact with anticoagulants (blood thinners).
Always check with your doctor before trying any home remedy, especially if you take prescription medications.
Content for this article is from Disabled World and the National Institutes of Health.