Ginger Root Uses and Benefits
Ginger, particularly organic ginger root, has been used for thousands of years as a natural cure-all. From its humble beginnings as a tonic used by Asian healers all the way to its current status as one of the healthiest herbs on Earth – it’s safe to say that ginger offers a lot of health benefits. Keep reading to learn about organic ginger root’s various uses and how it can treat everything from morning sickness to heart disease!
Organic Ginger Root Uses
Ginger root has a lot of wonderful uses, but it really starts to shine when it comes to all things pregnancy-related.
Treating Morning Sickness
Organic ginger root reduces nausea. It’s been used to help relieve upset stomach and nausea for almost as long as humans have consumed it. A 2014 study from Nutrition Journal noted that ginger improved morning sickness, and other pregnancy-related nausea, symptoms “significantly.” There you have it – science has spoken!
Bonus Tip: Stomach Soother Herbal Morning Sickness Remedy helps reduce morning sickness AND heartburn!
Reducing Menstrual Pain
Not only can organic ginger root be used to help relieve morning sickness, but it also helps reduce menstrual pain. Referred to in the medical field as primary dysmenorrhea (lower abdomen cramping), menstrual pain was the focus of a 2009 study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Researchers compared ginger, ibuprofen, and mefenamic acid. All three had the same level of effectiveness, which means that you probably want to reach for Moon Cycle Tea rather than the Advil bottle next time you start cramping.
The most powerful chemical found in organic ginger root is called gingerol. Gingerol has some seriously strong antibacterial properties, including fighting Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidisa, Salmonella typhi, and more. Gingerol also has antiviral properties and can help ward off the RSV virus.
Organic Ginger Root Benefits
Now that we’ve looked at some of the uses of organic ginger root, let’s take a look at a few benefits!
Ginger is rich in anti-inflammatory benefits and is one of nature’s most effective antioxidants (move over blueberries!). This is thanks to the gingerol we mentioned above, and other natural chemicals found in organic ginger root, including paradol, shogaol, and more.
The result is relief from inflammation of all types (from every day swelling to the more chronic, like osteoarthritis and ulcerative colitis).
Bonus Tip: Stomach Soother for Upset Tummies and Colic helps your newborn harness ginger’s anti-inflammatory magic!
Organic ginger root helps reduce pain. This is thanks to its natural chemical paradol, which is used in the manufacturing of acetaminophen and other pain relievers. Many of ginger’s pain-relieving effects are attributed to its anti-inflammatory properties. In this way, and others, it’s so much more than the sum of its parts!
Ginger can improve your health and boost your mood in many more ways, including:
- Being nutritious – organic ginger root is packed full of vitamin C, all types of B vitamins, potassium, zinc, and much, much more
- Eliminate gas – ginger contains carminative, which helps get rid of existing gas and prevent the build-up of new gas
- Protect your liver – ginger is rich in essential oils, which help reduce liver swelling and hardening from obesity or alcohol consumption
- Losing weight – ginger kickstarts your metabolism and is perfect for getting back into the gym post-baby!