Why Ginger Is Good For You And How To Grow It Yourself
Ginger is popular for flavoring in Asian cuisine, Indian cuisine and even soda, but it is also good for you. It has been used for more than 2000 years in the treatment of stomach ailments and nausea in Asian medicine, but current research has discovered that it has a lot more to offer.
It can relieve nausea
Some cancer patients who have used ginger have reported a 40% decrease in nausea resulting from chemotherapy and it is popular for relieving motion sickness and morning sickness. It has also been proven to reduce flatulence by stimulating digestion and nutrient assimilation.
Ginger decreases inflammation in the colon and some studies have also shown that supplementing raw ginger can decrease pain and inflammation brought about by exercise by 25%. Research has also shown that ginger is an effective and safe way to reduce menstrual pain. Ginger compresses have been found to be effective as a treatment for patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
Aiding with blood circulation
Research shows that ginger lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure and it increases circulation, not to mention it reduces blood fat levels and protects the nerves. It may be effective in relieving complications in diabetics and there is proof that consumption of ginger can decrease the amount of protein in urine, thus reversing proteinuria (kidney damage due to excess protein in urine).
Ginger has been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for flu and cold symptoms as it is a natural expectorant and a decongestant. Use it to make tea by peeling and chopping fresh ginger, then steeping it in hot water and adding some lemon and a sweetener.
Ginger may kill cancer cells
Some researchers applied ginger powder solution to ovarian cancer cells in lab tests and the cancer cells were found to have died due to contact with the solution. Even though no testing has been done outside the lab it shows promise as a natural and safe means to prevent and treat cancers.
Growing Ginger at home
Ginger is a rhizome and the part typically consumed is the underground stem; new plants do not grow from seeds. Rhizomes are great because you can use broken pieces of the underground stem to grow an entirely new plant making it perfect to grow using kitchen scraps. You can also buy ginger plants from a local nursery or even online. They don’t grow well in cold climates so if you live in such areas you might want to keep your plant indoors.
Ginger rhizomes prefer partial shade, well-drained soil that is moist and they also grow near the surface of the ground. With the knobs facing upwards, place the ginger knob under a thin layer of soil. The rhizome will give rise to bamboo-like leaves and roots. The plant will start dying down after about 8-10 months and you’ll be able to harvest the ginger. Divide up the rhizomes for eating and transplanting if you want or simply harvest the entire bunch. Wait till the plant dies down to harvest the ginger or you’ll get green ginger which is milder in potency and flavor.