I must admit, I do not eat enough ginger. A co-worker, and good friend of mine, eats ginger every day at lunch. She sometimes forces me to eat a little sliver. I always tell her that I am not a big fan, but after doing a little research I began to realize just how good it can be for you.
First of all, Ginger is an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil. Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.
Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain. Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain. for some simple, and yummy recipes that incorporate ginger!
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