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The Health Merits of Ginger

Aug 26, 2014

Ginger is an herb that has been used as medicine and spice for many centuries. Although ginger is often referred to as a root, it is in fact an underground stem/ rhizome. The rhizome has many branches/limbs. It has a brown skin that is quite thin if it is harvested while it’s young. The older it gets, the thicker its skin becomes. The ginger flesh can be yellow, pink, or red depending on the variety. While young, ginger is fragrant, fleshy and pungent; old ginger is more fibrous and has a slightly spicy taste. Ginger has many benefits in our bodies. As such, this piece explores the health benefits of ginger. Read on to know why you should drink lots of ginger.

Ginger For Use as an Anti-coagulant

To begin with, ginger is often used as an anti-coagulant. This is why you are advised to add about a teaspoonful of ginger juice into your beverages. It overcomes blood coagulation by making your platelets less sticky. With platelets that are less sticky, you immensely minimize your risk of atherosclerosis.

Ginger as a Natural Aphrodisiac

Secondly, ginger has a helpful aphrodisiac effect. Since many people are using Viagra to boost their appetite for sex, it would be more advisable to circumvent all the possible side effects of Sildenafil and go natural with ginger. One fantastic way of consuming ginger for this purpose is mixing ginger juice with raw honey and then adding some water into the mix. For it to work effectively, you are advised to avoid taking this blend after heavy eating.

Ginger For Cold Treatment

Ginger is also used to treat colds. Even those that have not yet come down with a cold but feel it coming are advised to take ginger as a preventative measure. You just need to cut a sizable piece of old ginger and boil it in about a cupful of safe drinking water. You are advised to add some tea. Strain and drink the concoction while it is hot. Since colds often come with coughing, ginger also treats the cough and the accompanying fever. In case of a persistent cough, mix ginger juice with raw honey and drink the blend three times in a day. If there is phlegm, drink old ginger; if there is a dry cough, go for young ginger.

Ginger For Treating Digestive Disorders

Again, ginger has been used to treat digestive disorders for many years. For you to effectively stem digestive disorders using ginger, you are required to mix about a teaspoonful of young ginger juice with an equal amount of fresh lime juice. Add water and some raw honey to the mixture. This concoction is good for treating heartburn, nausea, and vomiting, among other common stomach disorders.

Ginger For Treating Fatigue

Finally, ginger is used to treat fatigue. In this case, you should slice either old or young ginger into disks and boil them in a cupful of safe drinking water. Then add a piece of cinnamon bark, boil the mixture, and cover it for about 30 minutes until it turns golden. Drinking this concoction will definitely relieve muscle strain, fatigue, and joint soreness.