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Experts Share 12 Benefits of Consuming Ginger

You have probably seen crooked ginger root at the supermarket and not known what to do with it. But its useful medicinal properties have been well-known since ancient times. It’s a source of vitamins, micronutrients, and essential oils that have strengthening, invigorating, and anti-inflammatory effects on the body.

Bright Side loves ginger and wants to share some useful recipes to strengthen your health and preserve your natural beauty. These recipes can be easily used at home.

Take note!

  • You shouldn’t use ginger if you have gallbladder problems or if your body temperature is elevated. And don’t use ginger during pregnancy.
  • Ginger is useful both grated and fresh, and its essential oil is also very helpful.
  • Make sure you’re not allergic to ginger before applying a mask with ginger extract.

12. It speeds up the process of metabolism and eliminates nausea

If you have digestion problems or you suffer from seasickness or nausea during pregnancy, you can chew ginger or add some fresh ginger to your tea.

11. Strengthens immunity

Thanks to its great concentration of ascorbic acid, vitamins A and B, zinc, calcium, iodine, natural antibiotics, and antimycotics, ginger strengthens our body and increases our resistance to various diseases.

  • Add 1 tsp of grated ginger root to 8.45 fl oz (250 ml) of black or green tea.
  • Mince 2-4 lemons and 14 oz (400 g) of fresh ginger, and drench them in 9 oz (250 g) of honey. Consume 1 tbsp in the morning before meals during flu seasons.

10. Reduces pain

Ginger deals well with inflammation processes and pains, including muscle pain after intense exercise, women’s period pains, and arthritis. Make a tincture of ginger and turmeric, the juice of 2 lemons, 1 tsp of honey, and water.

9. Stimulates the work of the brain

Ginger consumption slows down the aging and death of brain cells and resists such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. What is more, ginger root improves all cognitive functions and helps keep the memory sharp.

8. Fights the aging process

Ginger contains a huge amount of antioxidants, speeds up the renewal processes in the body, and scavenges free radicals and toxins.

7. Helps with weight loss

Ginger contains lots of "burning" elements, speeds up metabolism, and reduces appetite. Add fresh ginger to your first and second courses and grated ginger to your drinks. If you drink tea with ginger 30 minutes before meals, you’ll eat less food. You can also drink one glass of kefir (yogurt) with grated ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of red pepper.

6. Aphrodisiac

Ginger is mentioned in the Kama Sutra and, according to some legends, it can keep the fire burning in one’s relationship. Ginger stimulates blood circulation, helps to boost hormones, and increases sensitivity.

5. Glowing and radiant skin

Mix 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of turmeric, and 4 tablespoons of ginger powder. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Then rinse it off and once your face is dry apply a moisturizer.

4. Antitumor effect

Some elements in ginger are able to resist cancer and alleviate one’s condition during chemotherapy.

3. Helps get rid of pimples

  • Mix equal parts ginger powder, raw honey, and lemon juice. Apply it to your face, gently massage it for a few seconds, and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off.

2. Normalizes blood composition

According to research, regular ginger consumption can normalize the level of cholesterol and blood sugar. It can also reduce the risk of potential complications. Moreover, ginger helps resist the formation of blood clots and high blood pressure. Boil some ginger with a cinnamon stick, let it cool down, and drink 2-3 times a day.

1. Stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss and dandruff

Ginger provides the scalp with blood flow, supplies the roots with nutrients, and stimulates hair growth to prevent hair loss.

  • Hair-strengthening mask. Combine grated ginger and jojoba oil, and massage it into the hair and skin. Wash it out after 30 minutes.
  • Stimulating hair growth. Drench some grated ginger and garlic with water, and leave for a while. Add some olive or coconut oil to this tincture, and massage into your hair roots.
  • A mask for dandruff. Mix 2 parts of freshly grated ginger and 3 parts of olive or sesame oil. Apply to your scalp, and leave for 15-25 minutes. Use twice a week.

Do you usually use ginger? Share your recipe!

Please note: This article was updated in July 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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