An aromatic spice that is indispensable in Indian kitchens, ginger has many medicinal and herbal values as well. It is often used as a home remedy for stomach aches, vomiting, flu and common cold. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in ginger can improve the immunity of the body. Consuming ginger tea or a medicinal ginger concoction on an empty stomach, in the morning, could keep away many diseases and strengthen the immune system.
Fresh ginger is rich in gingerol, a chemical compound found in fresh ginger, that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Here are some of the incredible medicinal properties of ginger:
» Eases flu and common cold
» Excellent remedy for vomiting.
» Eases digestive process.
» Strengthens the immune system.
» Helps in reducing cholesterol levels.
» Regulates the blood sugar level.
» Fights cancer.
The ministry of Ayush says that ginger oil contains sesquiterpenes, bisapolene, zingiberene and zingiberol that are known for their incredible medicinal properties.
In a tweet, the ministry said, “Ginger from your kitchen can go a long way in keeping diseases at bay. The humble ginger not only adds flavour to your dishes but also serves up numerous health benefits.”
Special ginger concoction
Ginger could be chewed and ingested or consumed as a concoction by boiling it. To make the special ginger kashayam or concoction, mix two or three pieces of crushed ginger, 2 tbsp coriander seeds, 3 tbsp jaggery and half table spoon pepper corns in 300 ml boiling water. Reduce the liquid to half. Add a pinch of salt as well. The Ayush ministry prescribes to consume half glass of this concoction on an empty stomach. Besides, you could also drink it two or three times in a day.
Immerse ginger pieces in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Add some lemon juice. You could add honey if you prefer it sweet. Drinking ginger tea daily would improve the immunity of the body.