We pile it together with our sushi, splash it in our cocktails and add it our baked goods – all for a spicy kick of flavor. But did you know that ginger appeases a lot more than just your taste buds? It also offers many health and beauty benefits. “The root tackles a diverse array of ailments both efficiently and, most important, naturally,” says David Gilmour, founder of Wakaya Perfection – the wellness company responsible for bringing the world’s most powerful form of ginger to the market. Here are four of our favorites.
It eases queasiness.
From motion sickness to morning sickness to just plain old flu sickness, ginger has been long used to settle upset stomachs. (That’s why mom always gave you ginger ale.) In fact, back in the day, fishermen would munch on natural ginger root to ease nausea from seasickness.
It helps to keep things moving.
Ginger can be an antispasmodic, meaning it can help reduce cramping-even the ones associated with being (ahem!) gassy. Its warming properties can also increase blood circulation inside your gastrointestinal system to help stimulate digestive function. Reward: While achieving this, ginger can also improve your metabolism!
It’s oh-so relaxing.
Ginger may increase circulation, which explains why it’s been found in eastern therapeutic massage practices for years and years. Its gas has also been proven in reducing anxiety and exhaustion by lessening the body’s negative reactions to stress.
It’s an all natural pain reliever.
Got an ache? Ginger can help. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to make sore muscles, creaky bones and even arthritis feel better, naturally. “I am an avid golfer, so whenever I have a shoulder ache after a great game, I soak a washcloth in a bowl of warm water with 1 teaspoon of Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger,” said Gilmour. “I leave the washcloth on my make for ten minutes, and it eliminates my pain.” A historical Ayurvedic cure demands something similar: applying smashed ginger on the forehead to soothe a headaches.