You have probably seen the unremarkable crooked ginger root and not known what to do with it. But its useful medicinal properties have been well known since ancient times. It’s a source of vitamins, micronutrients, and essential oils that have strengthening, invigorating, and anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
Bright Side loves ginger and shares some useful recipes to strengthen your health and preserve your natural beauty. These recipes can be easily used at home. You just need to try them!
- You shouldn’t use ginger if you have cardiac or liver problems, if your body temperature is elevated, or if your mucous membranes are damaged. And don’t use ginger if you have bleeding wounds or are in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.
- Ginger is useful both grated and fresh, and its essential oil is also very helpful. You can add it to dishes, pastries, and drinks.
- Make sure you’re not allergic to ginger before applying a mask with ginger extract: apply some to the crook of your elbow.
14. Fights cellulite
A ginger scrub helps to warm up your skin and improve blood circulation. It also removes swelling to prevent new cellulite forming.
Mix 1 tbsp of grated ginger with 17 fl oz (0.5 liters) of ginger juice. Add 1-1.5 glasses of coarse sea salt. Apply this scrub to a sponge, and use on all problem zones.
13. Speeds up the process of metabolism and eliminates nausea
12. Strengthens nails and helps them to grow
Melt 1-2 tbsp of shea butter. Add 1-2 tsp of avocado oil, 3-5 drops of patchouli essential oil, 3-5 drops of ginger essential oil, and 5-7 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix the substance, and put it into a dry clean jar. You can use it as a mask or together with a hand cream.
Note! This substance can cause allergies, so you should be very careful.
11. Strengthens immunity
Thanks to its great concentration of ascorbic acid, vitamins A and B, zinc, calcium, iodine, natural antibiotics, and antimycotics, ginger strengthens our body and increases our resistance to various diseases.
- Add 1 tsp of grated ginger root to 8.45 fl oz (250 ml) of black or green tea.
- Mince 2-4 lemons and 14 oz (400 g) of fresh ginger, and drench them in 9 oz (250 g) of honey. Consume 1 tbsp in the morning before meals during flu seasons.
10. Reduces pain
Ginger deals well with inflammation processes and pains, including muscle pain after intense exercise, women’s period pains, and arthritis. Make a tincture of ginger and turmeric, the juice of 2 lemons, 1 tsp of honey, and water.
9. Stimulates the work of the brain
Ginger consumption slows down the aging and death of brain cells and resists such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. What is more, ginger root improves all cognitive functions and helps keep the memory sharp.
8. Fights the aging process
7. Helps with weight loss
Ginger contains lots of “burning” elements, speeds up metabolism, and reduces appetite. Add fresh ginger to your first and second courses and grated ginger to your drinks. If you drink tea with ginger 30 minutes before meals, you’ll eat less food. You can also drink one glass of kefir (yogurt) with grated ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of red pepper.
Ginger is mentioned in the Kama Sutra, and, according to some legends, it can keep the fire burning in one’s relationship. Ginger stimulates blood circulation, helps to boost hormones, and increases sensitivity.
5. Glowing and radiant skin
Mix equal amounts of grated ginger, honey, and lemon juice to rejuvenate skin and make it glow. Apply a mask to your face for 30 minutes.
4. Antitumor effect
3. Helps get rid of pimples
- Mix 1 tsp of grated ginger and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Apply to each pimple to remove inflammation and redness quickly.
- Mix 1 tsp of grated ginger, 1 tsp of honey, and some milk. Apply to your face, and leave for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
2. Normalizes blood composition
According to research, regular ginger consumption can normalize the level of cholesterol and blood sugar. It can also reduce the risk of potential complications. Moreover, ginger helps resist the formation of blood clots and high blood pressure. Boil some ginger with a cinnamon stick, let it cool down, and drink 2-3 times a day.
1. Stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss and dandruff
Ginger provides the scalp with blood inflow, supplies the roots with nutrients, and stimulates hair growth to prevent hair loss.
- Hair-strengthening mask. Combine grated ginger and jojoba oil, and massage it into the hair and skin. Wash away after 30 minutes.
- Stimulating hair growth. Drench some grated ginger and garlic with water, and leave for a while. Add some olive or coconut oil to this tincture, and massage into your hair roots.
- A mask for dandruff. Mix 2 parts of freshly grated ginger and 3 parts of olive or sesame oil. Apply to your scalp, and leave for 15-25 minutes. Use twice a week.