Miracle ginger root

The perfect home remedy for colds and digestive problems

by Sophie Kahofer

Ginger has long been a popular ingredient not exclusive to Asian cuisine. Used in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years, it is now an integral part of everyday life in the West. You can get ginger not only as a fresh root, but also dried and ground, in oil form or as a juice. But what can ginger do and why has it become so popular in recent times? Here are just a few of the areas in which ginger can help:

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Ginger as a digestion booster

Ginger has been found to be a digestive aid - it stimulates saliva and bile production, among other things. It has a stimulating effect on motility in the digestive tract and so can prevent constipation while boosting the metabolism.

Ginger fights nausea

This may sound strange, but if you peel a piece of fresh ginger and chew it, it can relieve nausea, especially if you suffer from motion or morning sickness. As an alternative to chewing the root, you can also make yourself fresh ginger tea and take sips of it.

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Ginger for colds

Ginger boosts production of sweat and so warms the body from inside out. It helps the gastrointestinal tract break down mucus that accumulates during a cold, and helps the body flush out pathogens. In addition, ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps the body recuperate faster and boost the immune system.

Personally, I am a huge fan of ginger and always have a fresh root at home. I especially enjoy ginger water whenever I notice a cold coming on. On days when I have overeaten or consumed rich meals, I take sips of ginger water to aid digestion. Just make sure not to drink anything for at least half an hour before or an hour after eating, otherwise you will interfere with the digestive process. 

Recipe for ginger water

Bring still water to a boil and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. In the meantime, wash the ginger, peel, if necessary, and cut into thin slices or small cubes. Put the ginger in a teapot or tea cup and pour the boiled water over it. Depending on how intense you like your tea, you can remove the ginger from the water after a few minutes or just leave it in. If you like your ginger tea more intense, mix the chopped ginger with some boiled water beforehand and puree it in a blender. Mix the puree with boiled water. When the tea has cooled down a bit, add some lemon water. Make sure the water is no longer too hot before adding the lemon juice.

Storage tips

Fresh ginger is best stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Peel or grate before use. You can also use dried ginger. Personally, I prefer fresh ginger because it’s spicier and will help, if you have a cold, for example, the mucus in your throat and respiratory tract thin out more easily.