Ginger contains many beneficial features. First, it is a spice that enhances the flavors of many dishes. Due to its succulent taste, it is proudly incorporated into many cuisines and gourmet meals. But beyond the quality and refreshing taste of ginger, it is also used as a medicinal herb that should be found in every home.
This plant has a warming and invigorating property, which stimulates blood circulation in the more distant blood vessels of the body, such as the hands and feet.
Therefore, people who suffer from the cold in the winter can drink a hot ginger tea to warm up the body in general, and the hands and feet in particular. Ginger induces perspiration, which reduces fevers. It also stimulates the activity of the stomach and therefore helps to relieve flatulence, nausea and vomiting. The root is very helpful for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness; however, it should be taken in small doses and with caution.
Ginger is known as an anti-inflammatory and can be used to help various arthritic conditions. It is also known to reduce phlegm, so you can use it to help in cases of the flu, colds and excessive nasal discharge. It is also considered an anti-bacterial and may be used for acute respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
Anyone suffering from heartburn or gallstones must take ginger with caution.
Ginger may be consumed in different ways: as a powder, dried and fresh. To use as a warming agent on a cold winter morning, you can mix black pepper (preferably ground), cloves and grated ginger root, add boiling water, wait fifteen minutes and drink with or without honey.
To relieve colds or excess gas, mix half a teaspoon of ginger and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Add boiling water, wait fifteen minutes and drink with or without honey.
Ginger is also used in Yemenite coffee. Yemenite coffee is made of coffee beans that have gone through a very short roasting process. This method makes them easy to grind and does not damage them in the process. Other spices are added to this coffee, making it a healthier alternative for regular coffee drinkers.