Ginger’s unique fiery flavour makes it a popular spice in many parts of the world, but it is also an extremely powerful healing herb.
It originated in Southeast Asia and has been used medicinally for thousands of years being heavily featured in both ancient Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine). It was also popular with ancient Greeks and Romans for its medicinal properties.
Ginger has a surprising number of health benefits, working with various aspects of our body, particularly the digestive system. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It can improve digestion, prevent nausea, and reduce bloating. It can even help with altitude sickness – so is often used by people heading to high-altitude where oxygen levels are lower.
Recently, there has been a lot of research into Ginger’s anti-cancer properties – ginger and its extracts have been shown to be effective against many different types of cancer cells.
Its powerful inflammatory properties mean that it has been investigated for us by people suffering from osteoarthritis, where it has been shown to reduce symptoms.
Ginger is also popular with women experiencing menstrual pain, and studies have confirmed it has benefits in this area.