What do you think of when you hear the word ginger? You might think of gingerbread cookies, or maybe condiments at sushi are what come to mind. The health-conscious may know that ginger is touted for its medicinal properties. While more research needs to be done, ginger is considered a natural health mineral. Not interested in gnawing on raw root? It’s available in many recipes and forms, it’s affordable, and it benefits the human body in many ways. Are you making the most of this powerful herb? Read on to learn about nine beneficial uses of ginger.
Ginger can slow down the aging process of your skin. This includes the spots, fine lines, and wrinkles that tend to come with old age. These imperfections come about largely in part due to inflammation, which ginger controls quite well. Drinking ginger tea is a great way to get the ginger you need on a daily basis, which also conveniently gives you the opportunity to mix in other helpful herbs, minerals, and nutrients. Ginger will also improve both your skin tone, as well as the elasticity of your skin; it is best applied topically to be used in this manner.
Speaking of skin health, ginger is also capable of dealing with pimples and acne. Unlike commercial applications sold in stores, ginger contains no harsh chemicals, which means it won’t damage the skin it’s supposed to be protecting. Even the most sensitive skin will not be harmed by ginger. Ginger kills off excess bacteria that cause breakouts and also cleanses the oily conditions that make them possible. Additionally, it can soothe sore or reddened areas in the process. A cotton ball dipped in cooled ginger tea is best; then apply it like a spot ‘spa’ treatment to handle pimples and acne.
Ginger is also helpful for soothing minor burns. A lukewarm wash of ginger will help to eliminate bacteria in the affected area, which keeps your minor injury from becoming a more substantial one; this means you’ll heal a little faster and feel a lot better. This advice holds true for sunburns as well, which makes enjoying cold ginger tea on a hot summer day a great plan. If you’ve not got a glass on hand, prepare ginger tea and refrigerate it for a few minutes; use a cotton pad to apply it. Crushed ginger root also works magic on sunburns.
(non)Battle Scar removal
Still concerned about your skin? Ginger can help you achieve a glowing complexion and clear away light colored scars from your skin. While remedies for larger, dark-colored scars are easier to come by, ginger is one of the few ways available to handle the lighter variety. This is accomplished with very thin slices of ginger root; secure them over the scar with a piece of tape and leave it in place for 45 minutes or so. Daily usage for a week will improve the appearance of your scars. More concerned about complexion? Rub those ginger slices in small circles.
As a side effect of applying ginger to the skin in circular motions, you’ll be promoting blood circulation. Improved blood circulation has a number of incredible benefits, including lower blood pressure. However, one of the lesser known effects of good blood flow, and by extension ginger, is a reduction in cellulite levels. Skin contact with ginger on its own is inefficient. Instead, consider a remedy made from olive oil, sugar, lemon zest, and of course, grated ginger. On a regular basis, massage this combination in locations where you have cellulite (preferably in the shower) for several minutes at a time.
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Along with its many benefits for the skin, Ginger can also benefit the hair. More specifically, it can make hair grow in more fully, and add a shiny, glossy coat to your hair. To get started, take some warm ginger juice and apply it to your scalp. Massage it in well. This process will stimulate your hair follicles, priming them for longer, fuller growth. Then, take a shower and shampoo your hair. One additional bonus of this use of ginger is that it doubles as an all-natural dandruff cure; this is because of the incredible antimicrobial properties that ginger possesses.
No more Nausea
Ginger is also a remedy for digestive issues. Ginger has been used for generations to settle nausea and other stomach problems. History indicates that it has long been a favorite cure for seasickness, as it prevents vomiting; this is especially helpful for pregnancy, and the morning sickness it brings. Some researchers speculate that ginger is better for dealing with nausea than certain prescription medications. For the best results in relieving nausea, use ginger candy, or even ground ginger in tea to facilitate easier consumption and more immediate relief.Related: Never Consume Ginger If You Have These 7 Conditions
This article has very briefly touched on some heart-related benefits offered by ginger. An improved blood flow reduces blood pressure, which essentially equates to less stress on the heart. Less stress on the heart lowers the risk of heart disease and other serious complications, including diabetes. Recent studies indicate that ginger also lowers resting blood sugar levels and the levels of other factors that are strong indicators of heart disease, so even those who already have diabetes should consider a high ginger diet. Ginger tea is an easy way; it can also be sprinkled on foods you already eat.
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Another heart helping benefit, ginger can help control cholesterol levels. LDL lipoproteins, otherwise known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol, are refutably linked to heart disease. Certain dietary choices raise or lower LDL cholesterol. As little as three grams of ginger daily can significantly lower LDL levels, as well as blood triglycerides. Consuming ginger as part of a healthy diet can go a long way toward keeping your body in balance; however, you should also consume other helpful vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, in a balanced diet to contribute to improved heart health and an increase of ‘good’ cholesterol.