Learn About the Health Benefits of Ginger – It’s not just for eating!


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Beauty, Natural Health, Natural Weight Loss, Quick and Easy Natural Remedies You Can Do At Home | Posted on 06-07-2016

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Checking into our kitchen pharmacies again, we still have lots of things available to help us in our quest for naturally good health. So today we are going to talk about something that is widely available in Kuwait and all over the world. It comes in different types, but it is all still basically the same. The type available in the USA is cool and sweet, while the type from India (which is usually the one available here) is hotter and stronger, but still totally palatable and delicious.

In America, ginger (scientifically known as Zingiber officianale) has been used as a medicine for hundreds of years, and information about its use is available in all the old-fashioned books about herbal medicine. Ginger has been used throughout the ages by many different cultures as a medicinal herb. The ancient Egyptians, the ancient Arabs, the ancient Indians, and the ancient Chinese all used this amazing herb in their medicaments.

Crystallized ginger

One of the most common ways to have ginger in the USA is to have candied, or crystallized, ginger. This is made by taking thin slices of ginger and partially drying them out on a large tray (big enough to keep most of the slices separate), but before they are half dry, cover them with granulated white or brown sugar. Make sure that they are completely coated and leave them in an open place, preferably in the sun. Keep turning them and if you need to add more sugar, then go right ahead, because they have to be dry and sugary. When they are completely dry you can take them and transfer them into plastic bags or a glass jar, or whatever convenient storage method you might have as long as they will stay dry. The great thing about candied ginger is that it stays fresh for ages. It never goes bad once it is perfectly dry. Once your ginger is ready you can eat it whenever you have a sore throat, or a stomachache. You can also eat it for no particular reason at all. It tastes delicious! It is great for combating nausea and any kind of digestive problems. It is also good for cleansing the blood, and will help as a general tonic as well.

ginger cut

You can also eat or drink ginger in order to help reduce the bad cholesterol in your blood, and it is known as a very strong antioxidant, which can get rid of your nasty free radicals that are floating around wherever you don’t want them.

I will never forget the first time I ever used ginger as a medicinal remedy. I had the worst neck ache in the history of neck aches, and I couldn’t get rid of it. I tried everything I could think of including massage, creams, etc, and while they helped a little, the pain still wouldn’t go away. Then I turned to my old herbal remedies books, and decided that the only thing I could do (because I didn’t have anything in the house and I literally couldn’t move to even go to my own clinic to get some oils) was to grate up some fresh ginger (which was the only thing I had in the house). I did that and took the juice and the pulp and made it into a poultice by putting it inside gauze and putting it directly on my neck. Well, that ginger began to work immediately. It was amazing! It was momentarily cold and then quickly became hot. It became so hot that my skin began to sting, but I knew that it was only temporary and only a feeling (that it wasn’t really burning) and after a short period of time my neck pain began to ease off. It worked so well, that I could move afterward almost immediately, and after more applications I was completely better. Ginger is truly the next best thing to a miracle.

Minced ginger

Ginger can be helpful with digestive colic, headaches, gasses, and even diarrhea. In fact ginger is so good for the digestive system that it will even reduce or cure digestive type inflammation and colitis (even the ulcerative type). It is also great for arthritis (internally and externally), and is said to be great for heart problems by all the good old herbalists. Perhaps, one of the reasons it is good for the heart because it has been found to be good for reducing the clotting factor in the blood, and because lots of people who suffer with heart problems have clogged arteries and the like, ginger would help in reducing those problems. (But if you are already taking aspirin or something like that to thin the blood, then it’s probably wise to check with your medical practitioner first, and either stop taking your blood thinners or not to have ginger).

Many people swear by ginger’s benefits for the common cold, fever, and the flu. Ladies and girls who suffer from difficult menstruation, can try ginger compresses over the lower abdominal area in order to ease the pain, and also can drink a lovely light ginger tea. And women in the throes of menopause can use ginger to reduce hot flashes.

If you have over done it at the gym then turn to some fresh ginger for your problem solver. Just make some compresses from crushed ginger and you can apply it directly on the area you have pain in. Also, drinking ginger tea will help calm you and also ease the pain even more.

pickled ginger

Now for the kicker. You know that pickled ginger that is served with your sushi at every Japanese restaurant? Well, the reason that is served is in order to prevent the nasty possible side effects from eating fresh raw fish (particularly the poisonous type) just in case! Bet you didn’t know that did you?

Organic ginger ale

Before I forget, I don’t want to forget to mention the benefits of ginger ale. While this isn’t exactly the fresh herb, ginger ale has some of the essential oil or extract of ginger or infusion, depending on how it’s made, and is absolutely amazing when it comes to calming down a nauseated stomach, and is good for people who are suffering from motion sickness as well. Ginger ale is even good for pregnant women who are having morning sickness. Drinking a little ginger ale or eating a little candied ginger will work wonders for that problem. But just make sure that you read the ingredients before buying it, because the ingredients list must say natural flavorings, if it says artificial flavorings, then don’t waste your money, because fake ginger isn’t going to do you any good!

While powdered ginger is also usable and great, I still always prefer using fresh ginger (or ginger essential oil), but if worse came to worse, then you could easily use powdered in a pinch. So, go out and get some fresh ginger root right away.

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About Ginger Essential Oil


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Information About Essential Oils | Posted on 11-02-2014

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Ginger root

There are many plants that are used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. These plants are sometimes more well-known for their use in foods, even though their medicinal value is enormous. The plant that we are going to talk about today is well-known and used all over the world.

Ginger, although it is probably used in food more in Asia than in the West, is one of those famous plants that fit into the above category. The scientific name for ginger is “Zingiber officinale”, and as an essential oil it is usually derived through steam distillation. As a medicinal and culinary herb it is the root portion of the plant that is used. It is an extremely versatile herb as it can be used in so many different forms, and for so many different purposes. Since the beginning of written history and before, ginger has been well loved by the ancient Arabs, and then the Chinese, Indians, and Greeks. It is now used in every single country in the world!

The next time you get a stiff neck from sleeping incorrectly or from sitting at your desk for too long of a period of time, try ginger to relieve your symptoms. You can use any form of it you like and still get great results. It can be used as a mashed pulp, an essential oil, or just by squeezing the juice out of the root and applying it directly over the painful area. Shortly after applying it, you will feel a hot, almost burning sensation, which will tell you that the ginger is doing its job. This is because of its strong circulation enhancing properties. Thus, in the same light, if you suffer from circulatory problems you can apply ginger topically to any area that needs it. That is one reason why it is so effective for varicose veins as well.

Ginger is also great for arthritis and rheumatic pain. Any muscle pain that you might have can be easily dealt with using ginger. The essential oil of ginger can also be added to practically any cream and used directly over painful muscles. Ginger is even great for sprained or injured parts, and can be used directly on bruises as well, for quick relief.  

Ginger is probably most well-known for its anti-nausea properties. If you ever suffer from an upset stomach, or the feeling of nausea, you need to look no further for a cure. Pregnant women who are suffering from nausea may also use ginger, but caution should be used in this case, and always remember less is more. Ginger is one of the best known and loved remedies for all kinds of digestive upsets. It is good for gassiness, colic pain, and more! Ginger has been used for this purpose for centuries, and is still one of the best, if not THE best solution. That was how ginger ale got started. Now ginger ale is one of the best selling soft drinks, and practically every company has a version of it. Originally though, ginger ale, and another version, called ginger beer (although it isn’t alcoholic) were made by hand, and used at home or sold in backwoods stores.

Ginger Essential Oil

NOW Foods Ginger Oil, 1 ounce

If you need to detoxify your body, ginger is one of the best ways to do it. It is great for cleansing the liver too. It is said to be great for the memory.

If you have a sore throat, ginger is just what the doctor ordered. There is a wonderful little ginger remedy that is called crystallized ginger. It is a kind of method of taking thin slices of ginger and covering and drying them with sugar crystals. They taste good, and are good for you. Ginger has known anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory properties, which is one of the reasons that it is so great for problems like tonsillitis, sore throats and coughs. Because it is so warming, it can also be used for colds and the flu.

Crystallized Ginger Chips

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Crystallized Ginger

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Along the same lines, ginger is great for any kind of congestion in the body. Thus, for chest congestion, ginger is a great cure. You can take it internally, or use it externally for quick relief. Those who suffer from bronchitis, especially chronic bronchitis will do well to try ginger, instead of those chemical drugs that are out there in the market today.

Some people even claim that ginger is an aphrodisiac, and so, if you are lacking in the “amore” department, try ginger, you have nothing to lose, and you just might be really “excited” over the results!

Ginger, although it is generally thought of as being native to Asian countries, is now readily available everywhere in the world. Although you will find a variety of species, with some being hotter or milder than others, they are all medicinally great for your health. So, you can choose whichever one you prefer.

The most concentrated form of ginger is definitely the essential oil, but if you can’t find it available in your area, there are many other forms to use. Although ginger is used in a dried, powered form for some cooking purposes, the fresh form of ginger is the best form for medicinal purposes. So, go to your supermarket and get some ginger! Use it in your foods, and use it for whatever ails you too!

Indus Valley Organic Ginger

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Frontier Organic Ginger Root

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