Ginger is obtained from Ginger plant which is a native to Southeast Asia. The plant possesses yellow flowers and a very distinctive scent. Ginger used in cooking is the rhizome that has a multitude of health benefits. It helps to cure cold, blocked sinuses, headaches, throat and running phlegm. Its anti-viral properties help to reduce the viruses causing cold.
“Ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) belongs to the family Zingiberaceae. It originated in South-East Asia and then used in many countries as a spice and condiment to add flavour to food. Besides this, the rhizome of ginger has also been used in traditional herbal medicine. The health-promoting perspective of ginger is attributed to its rich phytochemistry which helps prevent cold, cough, nausea and common cold”- International Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 2013.
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Benefits of Ginger for Cold
Soothes Throat Pain
Ginger has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your throat pain. It clears out the cough from your throat and reduces pain. It kills all the viruses that are causing cold and helps combat the root cause of cold in your body.
Boosts Immune System
Ginger is anti-histamine that helps reduce the symptoms of cold and strengthens the immune response of your body. It helps regulate the temperature of your body and prevents tiredness and headaches during cold. You can grind ginger and have it with honey twice in a day for best results.
It is common to have irritation in throat and nose during cold due to mucus. A tablespoon of ginger clears your throat and your nasal pipe to soothe irritation. It also provides relief from a running nose by removing mucus from your nasal cavity. You can have ginger tea in the evening to soothe the irritation.
Ginger helps reduce the temperature of your body and reduces the feeling of fatigue and tiredness. You can take ginger tea or ginger with honey to reduce your headache.
Ways To Use
- Make ginger tea and have it twice a day to help soothe irritation
- You can grind ginger and have it with honey
- You can make a mixture of lemon, honey, garlic, and cinnamon to cure sore throat
- Have powdered ginger with honey to kill viruses
- Do not over-consume ginger as it can cause stomach irritation and heart pain
- Always mix ginger with honey or lemon for best results