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I bet you didn’t know one of the most miraculous home remedies that you can buy is something as simple as ginger!
Yes, that weird looking root that makes delicious biscuits and savory dishes is actually really good for you, and can be used in a variety of ways to create home made remedies to cure lots of different ills!
Whether you’re drinking it in tea, adding it to your meals, or even using it in more creative ways that we will tell you all about in just a moment, it’s a cheap, great smelling alternative to many chemical lotions and potions beauty stores will sell you for a large price!
If you’re hoping for a particular result, or you’re perfectly healthy but you’re using it for cosmetic reasons, ginger is the root of not all your problems, but their solutions!
1. Weight loss
One of the simplest and most common ways you have probably seen ginger used is in ginger tea. This can be store bought, and is said to help with weight loss.
But if you really want to test out it’s magical properties, you’ll want to make ginger tea yourself from scratch at home! Don’t worry, it’s really not a big task at all, and tastes even better than the store bought version in bags.
To make your very own version of this drink, all you need to do is cut or grate yourself about 5 cm of fresh ginger root and, boil it in 1 liter of water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then you’ll just need to strain the liquid through a filter or muslin cloth for a clear drink free of bits or pieces of ginger root.
You’ll get the best results in terms of weight loss if you drink ginger tea before each meal, but that’s not the only benefit this tasty and refreshing tea could bring you! If you find yourself suffering from a cold, or you have an allergy, the decongestant properties of ginger could really help to clear your head out!
If you don’t drink tea however, you could still try adding grated ginger to dishes you cook at home; just look up some recipes that sound appealing. You can add ginger to the likes of salad dressings, soups, rice, or stews. Soon, you could be seeing amazing changes in your body!
2. Improve the look of your skin
It’s simple to make your own face and body scrubs at home, which could be better for both your skin and your wallet than buying beauty store products.
Ginger has a naturally gritty texture, and is an effective way to get rid of dead skin cells when you mix it with honey, which has also been used for centuries to promote healthy skin.
Ginger is a great natural anti- inflammatory, and can help to ease common skin complaints that can get sore if left untreated. Because ginger also promotes blood circulation, it’s particularly good for eczema sufferers; a few drops of ginger essential oil mixed with olive oil and applied to the skin can be particularly soothing.
The active ingredient in root ginger is an antioxidant called gingerol, which can improve the appearance of blemishes, scars, and age spots if you blend a small amount of freshly grated ginger with crushed ice and apply it to your skin once a week.
Some people can have an allergic reaction to raw ginger coming into contact with their skin however, so you can always try a small amount of it on your skin first to make sure you don’t get this.
3. Pain relief
No, it’s not exactly morphine, but if you suffer some kind of minor ailment like a muscle strain, try adding a squirt of ginger oil to a hot, relaxing bath.
Another home remedy involves applying heated ginger paste directly to the affected area for direct pain relief.
If you can stomach it, some people swear that eating a teaspoon of ginger powder at the onset of their period reduces menstrual pain.
4. Ginger as a hair treatment
Yes, for years people have sworn by ginger to promote healthy hair growth; you only need to look at the amount of shampoos which list ginger as one of their active ingredients as proof of this.
But the rest of their ingredients tend to be a list of chemicals, which is why many people turn to natural ginger to achieve thick, healthy hair. A good way of doing this is by mixing some grated ginger with water in a spray bottle, then applying the mixture directly to the scalp. Apparently, this helps hair to grow faster, thicker, and healthier.
5. Fighting queasiness
Ginger is so good at fighting nausea that sufferers of everything from morning sickness, to motion sickness and even chemotherapy induced nausea swears by it!
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