Eat This Not That: Ginger


Ginger is one of those few spices that works well in both savory and sweet dishes. Nothing tastes better after a long day at work than a piece of candied ginger or chocolate covered ginger. Ginger also tastes great when used in a salad dressing or with other oriental spices in a sauce served over chicken. Before you increase your consumption of ginger, check out some of the amazing health benefits of this ingredient.

Get Over the Cold
The common cold can leave you with a runny nose, a cough that won’t quit and what feels like a hippopotamus or an elephant sitting on your chest. When ordinary cough syrup just won’t get the job done, steep fresh ginger in warm water with a little honey to make your own ginger tea. Not only will it cut down on your congestion, but ginger may also reduce the nausea that you feel when battling a cold too.

Reduce Joint Pain
Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joints. While you might think that only painkillers can reduce your pain, ginger can help. Ginger essential oil is a type of oil made from natural ginger. Try adding a few drops of the oil to a warm bath and soaking for 20 to 30 minutes. As the oil penetrates your skin, it can significantly reduce joint pain.

Recover from Burns Faster
You can easily burn yourself when you take your eyes off the stove for just a few short minutes when cooking. Aloe vera is a great home remedy for burns, but some studies found that gingers works just as well. Slice the ginger into thin pieces. Place a layer of the slices right on the burn, cover with a clean bandage and let sit for 30 to 60 minutes at least once a day. You can also apply ginger juice to your burns. Whether you eat fresh ginger or use ginger in other ways, you can take advantage of some great benefits.


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