African Herbs

10 BENEFITS OF GINGER

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Ginger is one of the most popular herbs in the world. It’s found in almost every home. It’s commonly included in stews and zobo(hibiscus tea) in west Africa.

Ginger can be used in different forms; fresh, dried, powdered, supplements, and infused in oils.
It has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties.
Here are ten benefits of adding ginger to your daily routine:
Ginger Reduces Inflammation in the Body:
Inflammation is the body’s response to infection. Ginger is one of the best herbs for people who have arthritis. It reduces swelling and stiffness. Rubbing ginger and turmeric paste on the joint helps relieve the pain. You can bathe with ginger water daily and use ginger oil to massage the joints.
Ginger Helps With Bloating and Constipation:
Taking a cup of ginger tea before meals (or early in the morning), or adding it to meals(either in raw or powdered form) aids with digestive disturbances. It also tones the bowel muscles. I recently started taking ginger tea every night before bed, and I noticed that I don’t get bloated like before, and going to the toilet is easier than it used to, no intense squeezing of my face and crying for it to come out.
Ginger Relieves Nausea:
Ginger helps people with motion sickness whenever they’re in a moving vehicle. Ginger also alleviates morning sickness in pregnancy.
Ginger Aids Metabolism:
Ginger can burn fat. So if you’re re trying to lose weight or build muscle, ginger should be your friend. It can be added to smoothies (in fresh or powdered form) or added to meals; it also helps curb appetite by making you feel full after taking it, especially the ginger tea.
Ginger Soothes Muscles and Reduces Soreness: Our fit fam people, and the upcoming ones should add ginger to their daily routine. As a fit fam aspirant, I know that the pains the day after I officially decide to workout discourages me a lot, and I know I’m not alone in this. If you’re like me, please use ginger o, take ginger tea, add it to your smoothies and meals, you can even make ginger oil and use it to massage yourself after that relaxing shower.
Ginger Can Help Reduce Menstrual Cramps and Migraines:
As a woman, I know how killing period cramps can be, especially the first 2days; you can’t stand well, sit or even lie down. It’s tormenting. Well, I have good news for all of you. Ginger tea helps massively. I recently had my period, and I didn’t notice it was like a typical day. No headache, no cramps, no taking of pain relieves every 8 hours. Please try to make taking ginger a habit and tell your friend about it too.
Ginger Promotes Hair Growth and Prevents Dandruff: Ginger has many vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that stimulate your scalp follicles, which increases blood flow to the scalp. It also nourishes and moisturizes the hair strands.
One of the most common scalp problems is dandruff; ginger has antiseptic properties that help get rid of dandruff.
Ginger is Excellent For Your Skin: Ginger has up to 40 antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and improve the youthful appearance of the skin. Ginger fades scars,  reduces hyperpigmentation, helps fight acne, soothes burns, blisters tones the skin.
Ginger Can Be Used For Cold and Respiratory Problems:
Ginger has antihistamine properties, which helps with allergies. Ginger juice and fenugreek help with asthma. Ginger juice and honey are effective in relieving coughs and sore throat. Ginger tea helps during the cold seasons.
Ginger Strengthens the Heart and Brain:
It improves blood flow and circulation, lowers cholesterol level and blood pressure, prevents stroke, prevents heartburn, and enhances immunity. Ginger also protects and preserves the brain cells, keeps you alert and active for long.

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Cynthia Adeh Ekpong
My name is Cynthia Adeh Ekpong, and I'm a health writer.  It pains me that we Africans spend more money buying drugs for minor issues instead of using herbs that are around us for little or no amount. My goal in 54history is to bring more awareness to our African herbs.

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