Brief history and benefits of Ginger
Ginger has been used as a medicinal plant and spice in Asia for thousands of years. It used to be an important spice in Roman times and was a valuable commodity.
Ginger has many health benefits. It is used to treat nausea, gas, indigestion, morning sickness, vomiting, congestion, and headaches. It is good for the gastric system because it increases the pH of stomach acid, reducing its acidity, which in turn lowers the rate of gastric secretions, and increasing digestive enzyme activity.
Ginger tea can be made by cooking slices of fresh Ginger for a few minutes. It is a spicy and healthy drink that can be enjoyed in hot tropical climates or in freezing cold climates.
If you sip this tea before a long trip it can help with motion sickness. Not only that, it is good for helping with upset stomachs, headaches, reducing excessive perspiration, and freshen ones breath. If the tea is cooled, you can soak you feet in it to help ease the burn and itch of Athletes foot. Other benefits include cleansing of the colon, reducing spasm and cramps, stimulating circulation, and aiding metabolism.
Ginger is also used by many as a mood enhancer. Its Cineole content may help contribute to stress relief. So if you were to sip on a glass of Gingerale after a hard day’s work, it might be just what the doctor ordered.