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9 Unexpected Ways To Reap The Benefits Of Fresh Ginger

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While I haven’t always loved the spice and warmth of fresh ginger, I’ve grown to really appreciate it in recent years. This strange-looking rhizome is a critical component in many Asian cuisines, and it pairs perfectly with some of my favorite fall flavors like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, applesauce, and maple syrup. (And let’s not forget the all-important ginger snap!) :-)

But recently I’ve been familiarizing myself with some of the ways to use ginger outside of the kitchen as well. Because as it turns out, ginger makes a useful natural remedy for all sorts of ailments, from digestive distress to cold and flu symptoms!

And since staying healthy has been so important for all of us this year, why not use all of the tools at our disposal? So here are 9 practical uses for ginger for you to consider, as well as instructions for making a simple tea using fresh ginger root!

9 Of The Most Practical Uses For Ginger

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1. Fight Off Cold, Flu, And Asthma Symptoms

Wheezing, coughing, congestion, runny noses, and other respiratory symptoms are very common during the winter months. Ginger can help ease these symptoms by acting as a decongestant to release phlegm, and it’s even helpful for relieving asthma symptom too.

Ginger offers vitamins and antiviral properties that can help to prevent and speed up recovery from colds, sore throat, and more. One easy way to reap these benefits is to drink a cup of ginger tea (see below) two to three times per day.

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2. Combat Stomach Discomfort

Ginger’s healing properties come from its volatile oils (gingerols and shogaols), which are also responsible for its pungent taste. The oils trigger the stomach to produce more digestive enzymes which helps with digestion and helps neutralize the acids that can cause nausea, cramps, and even diarrhea.

Ginger can also improve food absorption, which helps prevent stomach aches and bloating that can occur due to excessive gas. Again, a cup of ginger tea is a great way to soothe most tummy issues.

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3. Relieve Morning Sickness And Motion Sickness

Since ginger can help settle digestion-related tummy discomfort, it shouldn’t be surprising that it can help soothe morning sickness and motion sickness too! To avoid getting nauseous during a trip, drink a cup of ginger tea before setting off on your travels or bring some ginger candies with you.

4. Reduce Pain And Inflammation

Ginger is an extremely potent analgesic, providing an all-natural painkiller effect without any harmful side effects. It also contains potent anti-inflammatory properties that can ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, sore muscles, and aching joints.

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5. Support Healthy Blood Circulation

Ginger contains minerals like chromium, magnesium, and zinc that support healthy blood flow and circulation. These minerals, along with amino acids found in ginger, have a warming effect that can help prevent chills, fever, and promote healthy sweating that can help your body fight off infections.

6. Strengthen Your Immune System

Ginger is packed with antioxidants that can help support your immune system. Consuming a little bit of ginger every day can help keep the doctor away!

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7. Cope With Stress

Ginger contains a potent antioxidant called gingerol, which can help relieve psychological distress by counteracting the hormones our bodies produce when we’re under stress. Ginger also stimulates the production of stomach acid, which is crucial to digestion and can break down when we’re stressed. (Helps explain why stress often leads to an upset stomach!)

8. Fix Bad Breath

Chewing a ginger candy is a very good natural remedy for halitosis or bad breath. Keep a few ginger candies or some crystallized ginger in your purse so you’re always ready with a quick fix after a fragrant meal!

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9. Ease Menstrual Cramps

Consuming ginger during the first few days of a menstrual period can help ease painful cramping for women and teens who suffer from painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea). A 2009 study found women who used ginger experienced about the same amount of relief as women who took medications like ibuprofen and mefenamic acid.

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How To Make Fresh Ginger Tea

You’ll need:

  • 2-3 ounces ginger root
  • 8 cups water
  • Pot
  • Lemon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Rinse the ginger root thoroughly under cold water, then slice it into ovals that are roughly 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Pour the water into a pot and bring it to a boil on your stovetop. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and add the sliced ginger root.
  3. Simmer the ginger in the water for at least 30 minutes, or up to 90 minutes depending on how strong you want the tea to be.
  4. If desired, quarter a lemon and add it to the pot of simmering ginger during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.
  5. After simmering, remove the tea from heat, strain through a mesh sieve, and serve hot with a bit of honey or cinnamon, if desired.
  6. Pour any leftover ginger tea into a glass jar and store it in your fridge where it should keep for a couple of weeks.

What’s you favorite way to use ginger?

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  • I actually tried a drink with Ginger in it. I’m not sure if someone was talking about it in the comments. It had grated ginger, apple cider vinegar and honey. I thought it might help with my arthritis inflammation in my feet. I wasn’t able to drink much of it because of the taste. I usually do better with the ginger Candy chews. Someone had mentioned Tumeric to help with inflammation. My sister has problems with her joints uses the capsules – basically to avoid gut damage from ibuprofen.

  • I also try to keep Ginger chews candy at home. I bought it once to help out with stomach problems when traveling. It’s also great for around home when my stomach is feeling off. They usually help nip it in the bud when I start feeling off. I also usually grab a mint or Altoid after using one. The chews can be a bit spicy for me.

  • Before using ginger root—it’s best to strip off the outer layer. I use a simple peeler and peel just the amount I will use immediately.

  • In the summer, I like to keep a half gallon of purified water in the refrigerator. I place a sliced lemon, sliced fresh ginger, and grated fresh turmeric root. This is a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day. Adding honey would be a great way to sweeten the mix, if you want. I found the fresh turmeric at a large Asian market.

  • Great ideas. I’m afraid the fresh ginger might be too spicy for me. I’ve also used ginger chews for an upset stomach and gastrointestinal problems. One chew usually calms my stomach. Even the chews are a little spicy for me. That’s why I’m wondering if the tea would be very spicy.

    • I have also tried the ginger beer before. I was experimenting with it for cramps. It worked fine. I had to tell my co-workers it wasn’t alcoholic. They thought it was because of the name when I bought. Some varieties are, but most aren’t alcoholic blends.

  • Slice lemons, layer in a jar.. Lemon, honey ginger slices… Layer to the top … Cover leave in fridge for one month… It’s naturally preserved.. Then poor a little and add hot water… So soothing .. A lady from Hong Kong gave me this recipe. Enjoy. I drink a cup every day..

  • I love all these different ways to use ginger. My way i will share will you.
    Wash and chop into manageable chunks about 6 large whole ginger roots. Add 2 cups water to blender and roots and blend well, you may have to do this about three times. Add to a large bowel until all chopped up. then strain all ginger with cheese cloth and keep only juice part. squeeze 12 lemons and add juice. add 1/2 cup honey and keeps in fridge for a month or so. Each night i pour 1/4cup to tea cup with 1cup boiling water and tea bag of choice, so good.

  • Instant ginger tea mix. Peel root and cut up into food processor and pulse until chopped well. Put chopped ginger in a glass jar and pour in enough raw honey to cover ginger. Stir well. Cover and store in refrigerator.

    To make tea put a heaping tablespoon of the honey/ginger mixture in a cup and cover with very hot water. Don’t boil because honey in its raw form is anti microbial. Steep for at least 4 minutes. I don’t mind the ginger floating as most of it will settle but you could strain if you like.

  • In helping any ligament, muscle or any injured part of the body. Cut slices of ginger and put them directly in to the affected area and use them during the night, its MAGICAL! It could be sometimes a little strong in your skin, so if you feel that it is too hot just remove it.
    But really try it, it is amazing!

  • I am Korean American. I am glad someone is appreciative of wonderful ginger. Koreans have known medicinal benefits of ginger for last 4000 years. I love ginger in kimchi, stews, soybean soup, seaweed soup and Sangang tea ( Korean ginger tea ). thanks for letting the world be informed about the benefits of natural remedies. We Homo Sapiens should use more of what nature offers us then maybe Homo Sapiens will try preserve and save nature of instead trying HARD to destroy it.

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  • Well, I am a tea drinker. I drink two to three cups of tea per day and I always add ginger root to whatever flavor of tea I am having. At the moment I am experimenting with ginger and green tea as an aid to weight loss, I know that green tea is supposed to help you lose weight but with the added benefits of ginger it just might excel the weight loss! LOL (I am hoping anyway!) I just fix a cup at a time with a tea bag, and two or three slices of peeled ginger root, and honey or sugar. Love it! I especially love it with Earl Grey breakfast tea, Constant Comment, and green tea with lemon. Mmmm!

  • We make ours in a tea kettle, about an inch of ginger chopped and a stick of cinnamon in about 2 quarts of water. Boil 10 minutes then steep overnight. Strain and serve. We prefer it hot with raw honey and raw acv added.
    We drink this often. Sore muscles, upset stomach, illness, headaches. This is our cure-all. And it works.

  • this is all great info everyone! i just finished drinking an anti-inflammatory drink with ginger.
    1/2 fresh pineapple
    piece of ginger root, grated (peeled or not)
    1 lime
    1/2 teaspoon of tumeric poweder
    (try to use all organic if possible)

    juice or blend together and enjoy! this works wonders for women suffering w/women issues :)

  • I used to be prone to having dry cough during the winter months. Doctors said its an allergy either to food or the weather! So I ended up taking antihistamines until I recently spoke my mum and she just told me to make a ginger drink with Manuka honey, sprinkle it with salt and black pepper. Voila! It worked like magic. Two winters now without antihistamines and no dry hacking cough.

  • Hi,
    I love your site! I enjoy cooking with ginger. I always have some on hand. My mom taught me to peel the root and submerge it in some sherry then keep it in the fridge. When you want to use some, all you do is take it out and shred or slice. The sherry has a wonderful ginger scent and taste. I add some of the sherry to many dishes that call for the ginger. Just top off the container with more sherry to keep the ginger root covered and pop it back in the fridge.

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    • I love! Ive been under the weather, cultrnrey in Colombia, lived in Peru the last month, one of the best things is all the amazing fruit. I will say the best thing if you are feeling sick of the tummy (which happens a lot down here) fresh papaya and papaya juice! Heavenly

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  • hey! i live with my boyfriend and he get sick really often. So i got a big jar, and filled it with half honey. then i blitzed tons of ginger in a food processor and filled the rest of the jar with ginger. Then with chopsticks i mixed it all up and put it in the fridge.

    you can have it for a very long time since honey preserves it. When you want some, you just boil some water, take a couple tablespoons of the honey-ginger mix, put them in a cup, fill up with the hot water et voila! honey ginger tea!!!

    now he never gets sick!!!!

    and the jar in the fridge last a very long time! quick and easy!!

    xx

  • One of the ladies from my church makes the best ginger drink. She mixes boiling water with grated ginger, fresh lemon juice and honey. Don’t know the proportions, but you can adjust them to your taste I suppose. Perfect for cold evenings. She gives me a big jar that I keep in the fridge for up to several days and reheat one glass at the time.

  • Ginger is also great for helping mastitis. I unfortunately have had mastitis several times since I began nursing and one of the times my friend gave me ginger to get rid of it. I was absolutely amazed at how quickly it cleared up once I started using it. You just grate the ginger and let it steep in hot water then dip a wash cloth and put it directly on the affected area. I will use it from now on if I ever get it again.

    • Hi Brunella, I have been wondering the same thing about ginger plants. Did you ever get your answer. I have many ginger lily plants in my yard also. For those of you who don’t know, Ginger plants produce beautiful flowers and once you plant the root of the plant in the ground it comes back every year and multiplies. They smell just like the ginger roots you buy from your produce department.

      • I would think that would be just fine! The root is what you buy in the store so I don’t see why you couldn’t use your home grown root. It’s probably better than what you buy at the store.

  • After reading this I decided it must be put on my to do list for today. I had no idea ginger was that good for the body. I must say, as I sit here sipping my first steaming cup, it is divine! I have suffered from severe bouts of depression for 15 years, I also have heart disease (I had a heart attack 4 years ago, I was 33) and I have arthritis. Any help I can get from nature is welcomed. And if it helps me to take less anti inflammatory ibuprofen, all the better!

  • OMG thank you so much for posting this! I had a horrible head cold and sinus infection this weekend. After I read this I immediately ran to the store and bought some ginger (for the first time in my life!). I love this tea! It was so soothing! Thanks :D

  • There is no reason to have to buy powdered ginger if you have a freezer and microplane. Wash the root when you get it home, let it dry and put it in a bag. Keep it in the freezer. When you need ginger, take out the root, decide how much length you need, and grate to that place. I usually just eyeball that place but you could nick it with a knife. No peeling needed. Put it back in the freezer when the grating is finished.

  • Hi, I have been making pickled ginger for my Mum who was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in July of this year.
    She is fortunate not to have the kind of chemo that causes nausea but had been craving ginger for a while and I googled a recipe.
    Her oncologist has told us that it is one of the best things she could be doing for herself so we will continue with it as long as Mum wants to eat it!
    It is very pleasant to eat and keeps well in the fridge.
    Thanks for a wonderful site, I really enjoy your posts every day.
    Love and hugs from Cape Town. xx

    • Hi!i was interested by the pickled ginger,,if you dont mind can you share w/me the procedure on how to prepare pickled ginger?thanks a lot&Godbless..

  • I sprinkle ginger on just about all my food and grate fresh ginger into my smoothies and into a lot of my cooking if I do cook. I think I will try the tea, not much of a tea fan but willing to try anything to see if the pain goes away or lessens .. chronic pain is for the birds, I just want relief of some sort and I know that ginger helps with pain (hence the reason I carry the spice in my purse).. tea time sounds good right now

  • I peel the fresh ginger with a spoon held upside down. [demo is on YouTube] Then shred the whole thing. Spread the shreds out on a cookie sheet and freeze them. Then crumble them up and store in a wide mouth mason jar in the freezer. Easy to take out a pinch for adding to my water [along with lemon slice/cucumber slice/peppermint leaves – any or all]. Ginger shreds are good in apple cider too.

  • When I was pregnant and nauseous in my first trimester, I would cut a small chunk of ginger in the morning and place it in a ziplock. If I was especially nauseous and unable to eat or drink for the moment at work, I’d open my little bag and take a big whiff – even the scent helped ease the nausea!

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  • I’m sipping my ginger tea as I write this comment. I’m glad you wrote this post Jillee, I had forgotten how much I liked my version of your tea. Here’s how I make mine:
    4 Cups boiling water
    2-3 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
    1 cinnamon stick (I break mine into tiny pieces with a hammer)
    1/2 fresh lemon, washed well

    Once the water comes to a boil I add the ginger and cinnamon pieces. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and then drop the lemon half in the water too. Let the mixture steep over low heat for 15 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and enjoy.

  • Glad you posted this. I had severe asthma for years. couldn’t stand the scent of perfume and other odors. After eating Chinese foods on a regular basis my asthma has improved 95%. I know it has to be from the ginger in the Chinese food since I was hitting my inhaler every 4 hours.
    It really is great for so many things.
    Thanks Jillee for posting yet another awesome post.

  • I use two slices of ginger in my water kefir. Makes some great water kefir. I’m about to crack the Reed’s Extra Ginger Beer recipe. I LOVE that stuff!

  • Just last night I had a stomach ache and finally figured out it was gas. I googled home remedies and ginger was mentioned everywhere! Fortunately I had some ginger tea bags so drank the tea. Wow! I was amazed how quickly it helped. I am definitely a believer. I can see how soothing it would be if you had a cold. It has a
    Warming sensation when you drink it.

    • I forgot to add….like KimH said, it is stimulating. When I drank a cup of ginger tea last night for my stomach ache I was wide awake until 3 a.m.! Didn’t have a stomach ache though :)

  • I am off to do this now! I usually use ginger root in smoothies (my version of the
    naked juice). I place 1 apple, a handful of spinach, some baby carrots, a quarter inch
    slice of ginger root, pineapple and its juice in a blender. It looks scary at first, but I
    love the taste and the fact I know exactly what’s in it. If its too chunky you can juice it.
    I choose not to because of the waste. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • From what I have read, the ground ginger doesn’t provide the same effects as fresh. However, for travel/motion sickness I read some people chew on candied ginger.

      • Fresh is always better, but I have had ginger capsules work for nausea. It probably helps too if you use a high quality brand. There is also a drink my ND told me about years ago-it is “Reed’s Ginger Brew”-All Natural Jamaican Style Ginger Beer (not alcoholic). We can find it at a local grocery store’s ‘natural’ section. There are 3 strengths-I recommend starting at 1.

  • Wow, thanks! I knew ginger was good for you but didn’t know all of this. A little goes a long way and I never use it all at once so I peel it and throw it in the freezer. When you need it you barely need to defrost it and it’s good as when you first bought it. I make a hot tea w/ it by using an infuser w/ ginger slices and hot water. But when it cools I add lime juice and some sweetner (stevia but you can use sugar) and voila! Ginger limeade. It’s soooo good iced. Plus lime is full of vit C so it’s awesome when you’re sick. And even when you’re not. Also when I traveled to Australia I was bale to buy ginger tablets to take to avoid sea sickness. Worked like a charm and drug free!

  • I love ginger tea. Ginger is very stimulating so I use it every once in a while when I need a boost of energy.
    I dont remember reading about its uses in arthritis but I’ll definitely remember it & give it a try.

    I keep a lot of ginger in my freezer instead of the frig. It stays fresh & doesnt spoil as it does in the veggie crisper. When I need some, I have it on hand.

  • Dumb question here… do you peel off the outside skin of the ginger before using it , like grating it for Patty’s recipe above? I’ve never really used ginger before but I just bought some yesterday and not sure how to use it. Thanks.

  • I have arthristis and sometimes my pain meds just don’t help as much as I would like. I think I’ll try some ginger. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information!

  • Love ginger! Especially in ginger tea. This is a recipe I heard on the radio years ago. I prepare a batch and keep it in a jug in the fridge and heat it one cup at a time. When my children were school aged, I would bring them a warm cup of ginger tea to sip in bed at bedtime. Nice treat and helped them sleep (and stay healthy1).

    a piece of ginger, the size of your thumb or slightly larger, washed and finely grated
    1 whole lemon (wash and leave whole! Do not cut!)
    8 cups water
    honey or sugar to taste

    Add ginger, honey or sugar and the whole lemon to the water and bring to a boil. Turn down and cook at a slow boil for 25 -30 minutes, until the lemon is soft. The softer the lemon, the more juice and pulp you’ll get. Remove from heat and with a sharp knife, slit the lemon. Press with a fork to remove all the juice and pulp. Serve warm or hot. Enjoy!!

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