Such a lovely smelling spice, the Ginger root, has its origins deep in Southern China. This root provides a very strong, concentrated aroma compared to other herbs.

This underground root can be consumed in several forms including fresh or dried, ginger oil, ginger extract juice, capsules and powdered form. This root mostly comes from India, Jamaica, Australia, and Indonesia.
Ginger contains a lot of nutrients like Potassium, Vit C, B6, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Folate, Riboflavin, and Niacin.

What's in it for me?

Great Anti-inflammatory - Ginger contains compounds called Phytonutrients, which may reduce cell damage. It may also stop inflammation by reducing cell-signaling activity.

Try Ginger for Weight Loss - Add ginger to your regular tea (no sugar please) and watch a gradual reduction in your weight over time. It may not be a radical change, however, research does link ginger to weight loss.

Loss of Appetite? - Chew on a small piece of fresh ginger before your meals to stimulate your digestive juices.

Feeling Nauseous? - Dip a piece of ginger into honey and chew on it. Works like magic! This has been proven to be useful and safe even during Morning sickness. Or if you have motion sickness as well.

Have Flatulence? - Ginger tea is your answer. Just add a piece of fresh ginger, or sprinkle powdered ginger into your tea and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Ginger has muscle relaxing properties that can help relieve gases trapped inside the digestive tract.

Joint Pains? - Add ginger oil to your bath and soak in it. You can also massage the oil to the joint which aches. It is a great pain reliever.

Stuffy or a runny nose? - Boil some water, add a few pieces of fresh ginger along with some peppercorns and mint leaves. take it off the heat and let it cool down a bit. Then add fresh organic honey to this water. Sip on it for instant relief.

Try incorporating Ginger in several ways into your diet.

- While making rice, you can just add a few pieces of fresh Ginger to the boiling water. Once the rice is prepared take out the pieces. Your rice will smell heavenly!
- Add it to your tea.
- Sprinkle some powdered ginger onto your slice of cake
- Add crushed ginger into your lemonade or lemon water with Honey. It can also be added to your fruit juices and smoothies.

The Verdict!

Ginger is the ultimate 'Superfood' owing to the range of beneficial properties it possesses. Just remember the recommended dosage is 4 gms per day. Anything in excess is not good for the body but I'm sure we all know that!
For now, stay healthy and let Nature take its course in your life!

* These home remedies are not a substitute for your regular medication. Please consult your doctor if you have any medical concerns before trying them out or have any reaction to the same.

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