Few Facts About Ginger

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Ginger is an herb that you should always keep in the house, because it is an excellent seasoning for savory and sweet dishes, and in addition it has a number of medicinal properties.
To begin the story of ginger we will first introduce you to its geographical origin and main characteristics and then about its medicinal properties, ending it with recipe for a ginger tea.
Ginger is a tropical spice plant that reaches a height of 100 – $ 150 cm, with long leaves that reminisce to spear and due to that it looks like the cane. The plant’s fleshy roots are thick as a finger, they can grow up to 20 cm in length and are very aromatic. The flowers are white, yellow or pink, depending on the species. Aroma of roots is pleasant with the scent of lemon, while the taste is sweet, spicy and very fresh.
This plant is originally from China but is now cultivated in many areas, including Asia, India, Africa and the Caribbean islands.
Fresh ginger and dried ginger are quite different in its properties, as if they were two different plants.
In Chinese medicine, dried ginger is known as Gan-Jiang, and a fresh root as Sheng-Jiang.
The fresh root is used to boost sweating and to remove toxic substances from the body, while the dried root is used for abdominal diseases, diarrhea, rheumatism, cough, etc..
Both dried and fresh ginger are the official plant of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia as an extract and as a tincture.
In China, ginger is used as an ingredient in almost 50% of the prescription and herbal preparations, because it speeds up the reaction of plants with which it is blended.
Its medicinal properties are numerous. This plant is used to treat inflammation, as the compress for the swallows, as anticonvulsants, to reduce pain in muscle and bone problems such as arthritis, as prevention against colds and cough, for calming, for strengthening the immune system, for improving circulation and preventing the formation of blood clots, and it is an effective remedy against migraines and the flu.
Ginger improves memory, acts as a mild aphrodisiac, reduces nausea during pregnancy without adverse effects, and nausea in people who can’t endure any trip. It is antiseptic so it destroys the microorganisms and it is used when one has issues with exhaustion and fatigue, because it raises the energy in the body.
Ginger contains a matter that speeds up metabolism, helping to digest milk and dairy products in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant that enhances liver function and many use it for detoxification of the entire organism.
Ginger has no adverse effects, but is not recommended for consumption of more than 5 g per day.
Ginger tea is prepared by cutting fresh ginger root into slices and adding it to boiling water. Measurement is about 10 slices of ginger per pint of water. Cook it for ten minutes, then strain. If desired, add honey and lemon.

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