The amazing kitchen root benefits of ginger are plentiful
Ginger has an undeniable spicy and aromatic flavour that can be enjoyed both sweet and savoury. While ginger is available throughout the world, it's indigenous to Southern China and over time it has made its way across Asia, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Today, India is the largest producer of the root.
Ginger can be grown in warm climates and the clusters of pink and white buds that bloom into yellow flowers make it a popular choice for landscaping in sub-tropical areas.
Whether it's fresh, powdered, pickled, or candied, ginger can be used in all types of cuisines and prepared in a variety of ways. This root packs a punch in the flavour department, and the amazing kitchen root benefits of ginger are plentiful.
For fighting cold: Take a decent-sized chunk and grate a one-inch piece of peeled ginger. Combine it with six cups of boiling water, the juice of one lemon and about 1/3 of a cup of high-quality honey, and stir it all up. You can also add in a couple of your favourite tea bags if you want. Sip this zesty tincture the next time you're curled up on the couch with a case of the sniffles
Blood Circulation: Magnesium, chromium, and zinc can help improve blood flow and ginger contains all three of these elements. When you’re sick with the chills, fever, and the sweats, load up on ginger, as it can also help kick these symptoms.
Feeling Green: Is your tummy feeling a little worse for wear? Ginger may also help with an upset tummy from a stomach bug, vertigo, or indigestion.
Inflammation: Inflammation and pain often go hand-in-hand, and ginger is well known to have natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce inflammation. Turmeric is a part of the same family as ginger and is another popular choice for dealing with inflammation. You can ingest it through cooking, pills, or grate up the root into a paste and apply it topically. Just don't be alarmed if the root temporarily dyes your skin a slight orange hue.
It is recommended to consult your doctor if you plan on using ginger for medical purposes. These health benefits are just the beginning, as ginger is said have many more uses. Some studies show it may help with cancer prevention, toothaches, headaches, heartburn, boosting the immune system, and more.