Home Remedies Using Ginger - Natural Health Solutions
Ginger plays an essential role in the prevention of many diseases. Ginger is considered safe and used for various conditions, and modern-day research has found it effective in many disorders. Ginger is also used as an Anupana or vehicle for administering Ayurvedic Remedies. Rhizome of Ginger is widely used as a common condiment for various foods and beverages. Ginger is on the US FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) list.
The British Herbal Compendium documents no adverse effects of ginger consumption. Fresh Ginger is known as Ardrak in Sanskrit, and Dry Ginger is known as Shanti in Sanskrit. Dry Ginger and fresh Ginger are similar in action, except that fresh Ginger should be used in low amounts or avoided in autumn and summer. Powdered dry ginger root is typically used as flavoring for recipes such as gingerbread, cookies, crackers and cakes, ginger ale, and ginger beer. Ginger pickles, ginger wine, and ginger candies are also prepared from Ginger.
Benefits of Ginger
- Ginger is described as an appetizer in Ayurveda and an excellent remedy for treating digestive disorders. Oral intake of fresh Ginger with rock salt is carminative, digestive, promotes taste, and is a laxative. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Consumption of Ginger at the beginning of meals is wholesome, cleanses the throat and tongue, is carminative digestive, and promotes taste & helps relish food.
- Fresh Ginger, when administered with jaggery before food, is beneficial in, Cold, Cough, and disorders of Kapha vitiation.
- Fresh Ginger, when dipped in lemon juice and chewed after every meal, gives mouth freshness.
Home Remedies with Ginger
- In Cough, a mixture of Ginger, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), and honey is administered.
- For numbness, the ginger paste is applied externally on the affected part.
- For Joint pain/Stiffness, mix the ginger powder with sesame oil and use it as a paste on joints. This will help to relieve Stiffness in joints.
- A glue of powdered dried Ginger can be applied over the forehead to mitigate headaches.
- For Sore throat, ginger powder mixed with honey is administered.
- For Productive cough, fresh ginger juice can be used with honey, or a pinch of fresh Ginger can be ground with a handful of basil leaves, mixed with honey, and administered.
- For Dry cough, fresh ginger juice is administered with turmeric, natural cane sugar, and honey.
- In Cold and Cough, a pinch of fresh Ginger is boiled with 5 whole peppercorns in a cup of water, reduced to half, and taken internally. Alternatively, a hot infusion of cinnamon and fresh Ginger mixed with natural cane sugar will help.
- In Nausea, Vomiting, and Bloating, oral administration of Ginger, asafetida, lemon, and rock salt is beneficial.
- Fresh ginger juice mixed with jaggery can be provided for flatulence before meals.
- In the Colic and heaviness of the abdomen, dry ginger powder mixed with long pepper powder and hot water is administered.
- In Acute Stomach-ache, ginger powder mixed with natural cane sugar is administered with warm water.
- For Indigestion, ginger powder with warm water or fresh ginger juice and lemon juice with rock salt is administered.
- In Diarrhoea due to Indigestion, Ginger powder is administered.