The Power and Health Benefits of Ginger
With 115 total vitamins and compounds, ginger is a botanical powerhouse.
Gingerols, the active ingredients in ginger root (which isn’t technically a root – it’s a rhizome) have numerous health benefits, both when ingested and when used topically.
For example, ginger reduces pain; when ingested, results are comparable to ibuprofen!
Used topically, it has been shown to relieve aches and pains, especially in joints. This includes exercise related muscle pain, so it’s great after a workout or a long walk.
Ginger is a natural antifungal, helps fight infections, and reduces inflammation. For these reasons, ginger is a common ingredient in cold remedies, and it’s excellent for soothing a sore throat.
It’s also excellent as part of a foot balm for the same reasons. Rub it on your sore feet after a day on the boardwalk to keep your feet healthy and comfortable.
With 40 antioxidant compounds, ginger helps fight free radicals to improve your skin’s defenses, and it has anti-metastatic (cancer fighting) properties because it helps your cells function at their best.
On skin, ginger is antiseptic to keep your complexion clear and free of blemishes. It works a bit like a natural toner.
Some studies have shown that applying ginger and ginger compounds to hypopigmented scars helps fade their appearance, too.
Eating ginger aids digestion, controls gas, and reduces many kinds of nausea including morning sickness.
Some people report feeling warm after eating ginger or drinking ginger tea. This is because ginger increases blood flow, and that change in circulation makes your skin feel a little bit warm. A hot mug of ginger tea on a cold day is a true delight!
For women, adding ginger to your diet is great for your reproductive health. Plus, it helps ease cramps.
Here’s a delicious and healthful way to add more ginger to your diet. Check out this complimentary recipe for honey ginger lemonade!
Honey Ginger Lemonade
- 6 cups filtered water
- 1 cup honey
- 1/3 cup sliced ginger
- 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Over medium-high heat, bring 2 cups water, honey, and ginger to boil in a medium saucepan.
Turn off the heat and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until cool.
In a large pitcher, add 4 cups cold water, the chilled honey-ginger syrup, and lemon juice. Stir until combined.
Serve over ice.