Ginger has been used as a spice and medicinal herb since ancient times. One of the most popular ingredients in oriental cuisine, it not only has a special taste, but can also be used effectively for a variety of health problems.
Ginger decoction, which contains soothing essential oils, was previously used mainly as a tea or in bath water. The power of the herb lies in its high levels of vitamins A, C, E and B, as well as minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, silicon, zinc, manganese, beta-carotene and copper, which helps to form red blood cells and collagen. Thanks to its complex active ingredients, it can boost the immune system on its own, but its beneficial effects are even more pronounced when combined with other herbs or royal jelly.
1. Respiratory diseases, seasonal viruses
Ginger can be used as a natural remedy for respiratory diseases of bacterial or viral origin. Its natural analgesic action relieves sore throats and its pungent properties cleanse secretions accumulated in the lungs. When combined with ginseng, which aids recovery, and sembung leaf extract, a popular Indonesian herb, it is even more effective in relieving coughs and the symptoms of asthma, nasal congestion and bronchitis.
2. Digestive problems
The beneficial effects of ginger on the digestive system have been proven in numerous studies. It reduces nausea and flatulence of various origins, stimulates digestion, relieves intestinal cramps and can even eliminate heartburn. The compounds in ginger not only help to bind stomach acid, but also regenerate the intestinal flora. When used for digestive problems, it combines well with nutmeg to help cleanse the intestines and liver, and can also be used for nausea.
3. Metabolic disorders
Ginger can effectively lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels and improve the body’s use of insulin. Thanks to its high magnesium, zinc and potassium content, it supports healthy thyroid function, protects the nerves and, with regular consumption, is more likely to prevent health complications associated with diabetes. In the case of diabetes or insulin resistance, ginger should be consumed with sugar-free royal jelly, which has a positive effect on the development of the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas, responsible for insulin production.
4. Musculoskeletal problems
Because of its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, ginger can help with various musculoskeletal disorders: bone, nervous and muscle pain, and also rheumatic complaints, even when taken with sembung leaves. Used for joint pain of abrasive origin, it can even compete with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
5. Menstrual pain
Ginger, like nutmeg, relaxes smooth muscles, relieves uterine contractions that cause cramps, reduces nausea and energises the body. What’s more, it can be used not only during the painful menstrual period but also before to reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS.
+1 Relieves migraines
The active ingredients in ginger can prevent or reduce migraine pains that have already set in, calm the nervous system and reduce the intensity of accompanying symptoms such as nausea and dizziness. When used for migraine, ginger can also be effectively combined with, for example, peppermint, which, in addition to its analgesic effect, reduces stress-related symptoms, relieves tense muscles and stimulates blood circulation.