Since we are entering flu and cold season here are reasons why Ginger is so beneficial to your health and diet.
Ginger is an herb and the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinal and it is actually not a root but an underground stem, turmeric, cardamom and galangal is apart of this plant family. Ginger is consumed as a delicacy, medicine or spice. Ginger can be used fresh, dried or as a powder and even as juice or an oil.
Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery as well as loss of appetite.
One of the chemicals found in ginger is used as an ingredient in laxatives, anti-gas, and antacid medicines. It is used for dizziness, arthritis, combating the cold or flu
Ginger is also associated with pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, and upper respiratory tract infections, cough and bronchitis. Ginger is also used for chest pain and lower back pain. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve burns. In food and beverage it is often used as flavoring agent. Ginger is also used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.