You’ve probably heard all about the incredible benefits of ginger. The root has become a staple of healthy diets, but rarely anyone uses it more than just a pinch in their meals. However, ginger was commonly used as a natural remedy for numerous health problems in the past. The root contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, oils and antioxidants that can strengthen your immune system, boost your digestion and improve your overall beauty and health.
Today we’re going to talk about his main health benefits, but before that, there are a couple of precautions you should have in mind.
In general, ginger is safe for consumption for anyone regardless of age. However, you shouldn’t consume the root if you have a fever, heart or liver problems or if you in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. It can be used in the form of powder, although you’ll get most of its benefits when you use it raw. The root can also be used in various homemade skin masks, but before using them, we suggest trying the masks on a small patch of skin first in order to see if you’re allergic to ginger. Outside of these, you can safely use ginger in your meals or consume it raw in order to give your health an overall boost.
Here are 9 health benefits of ginger:
1. Treats and prevents cellulite
Preparing a homemade ginger scrub and using it on your cellulite can work wonders for your skin. Mix a tablespoon of powdered ginger with ½ a liter ginger juice and ½ a cup sea salt. Put some of the mixture on a sponge and rub the affected areas on your skin every day to eliminate the cellulite and keep your skin soft and smooth.
2. Strengthens your nails and helps them grow
Here’s how to reinforce your nails and keep them in perfect shape: melt a tablespoon or two of shea butter on low heat, then add 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil, 3-5 drops of patchouli oil, the same amount of ginger oil and 5-7 drops of lemon oil. Mix well and transfer the mixture in a glass jar, then use it as a facial mask or a nurturing hand cream.
3. Reinforces your immune system
Thanks to the rich amount of ascorbic acid as well as zinc, calcium, iodine, antibiotic compounds and vitamins A and B, consuming it regularly can strengthen your immune system and prevent a variety of ailments. To strengthen your body’s defenses, you can add a teaspoon of ginger powder in a cup of black or green tea and drink it twice a day. You can also make a tasty remedy of 400 gr. grated ginger, 2-4 juiced lemons and 250 gr. of organic honey. Take a teaspoon of the mixture before breakfast in the winter and you won’t have to fear colds or the flu.
4. Relieves pain
It has anti-inflammatory properties which can easily relieve pain caused by arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. Make a tincture of grated ginger, turmeric powder, lemon juice (from 2 lemons) and a teaspoon of water and honey, then consume it whenever you’re in pain.
5. Promotes weight loss
Not many people are aware that ginger can significantly boost your metabolism and digestion and help you lose a lot of weight. The root can reduce your appetite which is why it should be a part of your diet. You can add a bit of ginger powder in your meals or drink a cup of ginger tea half an hour before your meals in order to promote weight loss.
6. Keeps your skin healthy and glowing
Mix equal amounts of ginger powder, honey and lemon juice to create a powerful facial mask that will bring back the glow of your skin. Apply if on a clean face and leave it to work for half an hour, then rinse with water in the end. Use the mask every day and your skin will look much better in just a short time.
7. Eliminates acne
If you’re having trouble with acne, you can use this mask to remove them from your face: mix a tablespoon of ginger powder with the same amount of ACV, then apply the remedy on your face on wash it off with water in the end.
Here’s another anti-acne mask – mix a tablespoon of ginger powder with a teaspoon of honey and a bit of milk, then apply the mask on your face and wash it off after 15 minutes.
8. Boosts your cardiovascular health
Ginger has powerful warming properties and consuming the root regularly can improve your blood circulation. The root can also lower your cholesterol and glucose levels and lower the risk of serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, it can prevent blood clots and deal with high blood pressure easily. To keep your cardiovascular system in check, brew a cup of ginger tea, add a bit of cinnamon and drink a few cups of it per day.
9. Promotes hair growth and treats dandruff
Can boost the circulation in your scalp and feed it with essential nutrients which will strengthen your follicles and deal with hair loss. Mix a bit of ginger powder with a bit of jojoba oil and massage your scalp with the mixture, then leave it to work for 30 minutes before washing your hair as usual.
You can also mix some ginger and garlic powder and add the mixture to a glass of water, then add a bit of coconut (or olive oil) and massage the mix into your scalp every time you wash your hair.
To treat dandruff, mix a couple tablespoons of grated ginger with 3 tablespoons of sesame or olive oil, then apply the mixture on your scalp and hair and leave it to work for up to 25 minutes. Use the remedy twice a week and you will eliminate all the dandruff from your head.