Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has been used medicinally in China and India for ages.  Pickled ginger is eaten with many meals in Japan.  It’s delicious and has warming properties, so it makes a great winter-time tea.  Ginger is especially beneficial for the digestive system (which in turn is beneficial for the skin).

[As always, if you are pregnant of breast-feeding please check with your physician.  This post is not meant to diagnose or treat any illnesses.]

Health Benefits of ginger

* Contains the powerful anti-oxidant gingerol, which promotes elasticity and radiance in the skin

* In Ayurveda, it is believed that ginger clears out ama (which are toxins that are the source of disease, according to Ayurveda) from the body

* Stimulating and warming (dry ginger more so than fresh)

* Helps to calm upset stomachs and relieve nausea, morning sickness, and motion sickness (In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger tea is drunk to help relieve menstrual cramps)

* Aids the digestive process.  Promotes the secretion of digestive enzymes, can reduce bloating and other digestive issues.

* Anti-viral properties– helps to prevent and relieve common cold

* Lowers cholesterol

* Acts as an anti-histamine and helps to relieve allergies

* Anti-inflammatory– helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis.  The anti-inflammatory properties may also help to relieve eczema and acne.

Ways to Prepare

*Fresh and dry ginger contain different healing properties, so feel free to use both!  I use a lot of ginger powder when I am not feeling up to the task of peeling fresh ginger.

Ginger tea:  You can easily make fresh ginger tea by boiling some pieces of ginger (skin on) in water for about 10 minutes.  You can make a super concentrated batch of this and keep it in a glass jar in the fridge– just add a little to your cup and top with boiling water.  You can also just dissolve half a teaspoon of ginger powder in hot water!

Ginger Peanut sauce: In a small saucepan over low heat mix about 1/4 c soy sauce, 1/3 c. peanut butter, 1/2 c. water, 1 T fresh chopped (peeled) ginger, a dash of cayenne pepper, 1 T sugar (brown or white, or honey or agave nectar), 1 T. rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) and 1 T each fish sauce and sesame oil if you have some.  Add more ginger to taste.  You can substitute dry ginger powder if you want.  Use as a sauce for noodles, tempeh, or stir-fried vegetables.

Ginger ale— I haven’t made this but it looks pretty easy.

Lacto-fermented ginger

Pickled ginger


Read about some medical studies with ginger (studies dealing with morning sickness, arthritis, ovarian and other kinds of cancer)

Ginger in Ayurveda (also, here)


6 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Ginger”

  1. I love ginger! FYI: One thing I learned in my ayurveda training was that if your pitta dosha was imbalanced (deranged) ginger could increase your digestive fire and make you feel worse. If you are already digesting foods a little too quickly (meaning you use the bathroom ALOT) , it might be good to stay away from ginger. Our doshas are constantly changing so it doesn’t mean you have to stay away from it forever!

  2. I love ginger! So delicious to juice as well. Yogi Tea has an awesome Digestive Tea that has ginger in it (along with some other stuff that is equally awesome). Great post!

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