Ginger is a common ingredient in the healthy recipes we post. Besides it’s unique taste, there are a number of reasons to be including Ginger in your meal plans.
Ginger is a flowering plant and it produces a hot, fragrant spice that can be added to many dishes. Ginger can be used fresh, dried or powdered. It can be brewed into tea or drank as juice. Ginger as an essential oil is powerful as a respiratory aid. The fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger and responsible for much of its medicinal properties. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat nausea, indigestion, constipation and other gastrointestinal disorders. Ginger, garlic, and onions all have an anti-blood-clotting ability and when they’re eaten together they’re a powerful mainstay against heart attacks and stroke!
There are also studies that say a combination of ginger, mastic, cinnamon, and sesame oil, can reduce pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis patients when applied topically. Ginger is also stronger than many modern medicines at fighting fungal infections. For a powerful anti-fungal punch, mix several drops of pure ginger essential oil, tea tree oil, and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply up to three times a day.
Even with all the health benefits of ginger, the number one reason we like ginger is the taste! Throughout January we will be posting recipes that feature this wonderful ingredient so stay tuned!
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