According to the American botanist, James A. Duke, ginger must not miss from any home, especially during the cold season. One of the best natural treatments for respiratory conditions is a tea made of 2 teaspoons of ginger root and one cup of hot water.
Ginger – a remarkable antiviral remedy
Ginger’s beneficial effects are due to its 10 antiviral compounds. They can all combat regular colds. Scientific studies have shown that ginger root contains chemical substances called sesquiterpene. They have a powerful action against rhinoviruses. They are a group of viruses that lead to the apparition of rhinitis, especially in toddlers and babies. These infections are mostly common in the autumn and spring.
Fresh ginger contains gingerol and shogaol – 2 compounds that can ease cold symptoms. It has antitussive, expectorant, nasal decongestant and antifebrile properties. Ginger also has calming effects on sore throat and irritations, it helps at relieving the airways, stops sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes. Moreover, these substances will help the sick person to rest and recover faster because they also have mild sedative effects.
For efficiency, ginger must be raw and grated
You must know that ginger powder does not have the same effect. That’s why you must use only ginger root that has been freshly grated. When grating the ginger, the plant releases more active substances than when using the knife or the blender.
When you buy ginger root, make sure that it’s firm and fresh. Stay away from those ginger roots that are soft, dry or wrinkly.
Other ginger benefits
- Useful for motion sickness, nausea, dizziness and vertigo
- Antirheumatic, antiarthritic
- Stimulates your immunity
- Stimulates the metabolism
- Regulates sleep
Contraindications and precautions
Those who suffer from gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome or those who are at risk of bleeding must consume ginger cautiously. They must not take it in large quantities and they mustn’t consume it more than 7 days in a row. Also, ginger shouldn’t be consumed while taking anticoagulants or medicines for reducing hypertension.