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7 different ways to use Ginger


 
Ginger, also known as Luya is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. Throughout history, ginger has been known for its medicinal properties. Ginger can be used naturally at home in the following ways: 

1 use ginger in cases of cough and cold

Due to its anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties, ginger can relieve cough, bronchitis and catarrh. In case of any of the above conditions;
·        Grind ginger until it is a paste. Put one teaspoon in a teacup and pour hot water into it. Sieve and drink. Take one teacup every morning and evening. The procedure is still the same for powdered ginger.
·        Mix ginger juice/powder and honey in the ratio of 1:1 (one spoon of ginger juice and one spoon of honey) and take one large spoon morning and evening to alleviate cough.

2 Ginger may help relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling and pain. Ginger has been used to relieve pain caused by inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

3. Control of blood sugar levels
Consumption of ginger has been shown to control diabetes by reducing the blood sugar levels in the body.

4 Reduces the risk disease of the cardiovascular system
When ginger is consumed, it has the ability to decrease the activity of platelet-activating factor (PAF) which causes platelets to clot. Therefore a decreased PAF will reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack caused by the obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot.

5 kills bacteria, fungi and parasites
Ginger is able to kill and dissolve parasites and their eggs along the digestive tract. This is because ginger contains a chemical called zingibain which is responsible for killing these parasites.
Furthermore, Gingerol, a bioactive substance in ginger is effective against bacteria and can lower the risk of infections.
In order to achieve this, you may choose to chew raw ginger or include ginger as a spice when preparing food.

6 Nausea, vomiting and motion sickness
Ginger is very effective in treating nausea and vomiting especially those caused by motion sickness. This is especially helpful for pregnant women who feel nauseated during pregnancy. But it is important to consult with your health care provider if you are pregnant because it may interfere with certain medications.

7 Menstrual pain
Taking ginger is able to reduce menstrual pain in women when taken during menstruation. Some researchers have compared ginger to ibuprofen.

 Preparing ginger tincture
In order to save time required in preparing ginger juice every day, a tincture may be another option for buzzy people. Tincture is also required if you want to store ginger juice and you don’t have a fridge or refrigerator. Tincture is a more concentrated form of ginger juice. Here is how to prepare ginger tincture:

·        Mix 200 grams of powdered ginger or 300 grams of fresh ginger paste for every litre you wish to prepare.

·        Mix the ginger with one litre of vinegar in a glass jar (empty mayonnaise container if you wish) and allow it to set. Make sure it is air tight.

·        Keep the jar in a cool and dark place for two weeks while shaking the jar every day.

·        Filter the tincture with a good sieve and transfer it to a bottle.

·        This tincture may now be taken with tea or in any desired form.

Precautions
The anticoagulant property of ginger that prevents blood clot may affect persons who are undergoing blood coagulant therapy and surgery.

·        Excessive consumption may cause gastrointestinal upset.

·        Persons who are on diabetic medication should avoid ginger. Diabetic medications lowers blood sugar levels so combining it with ginger might cause the blood sugar levels to be too low and may result in hypoglycemia

Resources
“luya use in Herbal medicine, benefits and side effects” available at http://www.medicalhealthguide.com/articles/ginger.htm
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-961-ginger.aspx?activeingredientid=961&activeingredientname=ginger



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