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Ginger – the “healthy” root

# Natural healing | 10. January 2018

Ginger is a plant that prefers to grow in the tropics and subtropics. Here you have it on terraces as a container plant, which can then survive winter inside a warm winter garden. Fresh, but also dried root bulbs are mostly used, which are full of essential oils and pungent substances. The essential oil is antispasmodic and works well in nausea and vomiting, thus, a good alternative for travel sickness. Furthermore, Intestinal movement and gastric juices are stimulated, which aids in appetite and digestion. In pregnancy ginger is controversial, it should be avoided especially in the later months of pregnancy.

Ginger is often used as a sharp spice in cooking, especially with vegetables and rice dishes in Asian cuisine. It warms you up nicely from the inside, especially during the cold season!

The essential oil (gingerole not included) is used in many aroma mixtures and if combined with a base oil, it is very soothing when applied in massages. Ginger helps with colds because it helps modulate the body’s immune system. It dissolves mucus and destroys viruses and bacteria. Recent studies also indicate that ginger protects the liver and has a protective effect against cancer.

By the way, there are about 11 types of ginger, taste and sharpness are very different.

Our tip for incipient colds: chop 1-2 cm of fresh ginger root and pour over with boiling water, drink hot. Lemon or peppermint go well with it.

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