- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Uses of Ginger
Ginger Body Wrap
Sometime in 2008, I was offered to buy a Spa privilege card. Thinking that I needed that for relaxation, I grabbed one. Together with my friends, I went to try out one of their fabulous offers. I chose the tightening Body Wrap. It was actually recommended for me by the masseuse since I was working my way to bring back the firmness of my body. I was given a body scrub with massage before the primary ingredient for my wrap was done..it was no other than the Ginger. It felt warm on skin but on other parts, I felt it was hot. I was told it was normal since it means that it was working out on the most stressed part of my body. From that day on, I made a research and learned about the other uses of ginger.
Spice up your dish
Ginger or Luya in Filipino is popular and said to be widely cultivated in the Philippines. Commonly found in market stalls and grocery stores, it is usually used as a condiment in Filipino cuisines. It takes away the fishy smell of seafood dishes or even from the chicken that is why it is used in a famous Tinola dish.
There is also the native beverage made of ginger known as salabat, done by boiling the peeled and mashed ginger, then adding a bit of sugar or honey to taste. It is perfectly served on cold nights as an alternative to coffee. Nowadays, salabat can be made instantly since powdered ginger is already available in groceries.
Every New Year, my mom has a tradition of cooking "bilobilo" for the family. It is made with ground sticky rice formed into a ball cooked in boiling water with a lot of ginger and brown sugar.
Last year, I saw a candy made of ginger at a local store. I tried one pack. It taste good, better than a candy. Lozenges and ginger candies are now being distributed nationwide and in some countries.
Ginger or Luya is also known as a medicinal plant in the Philippines. It is said to have a lot of health benefits. Folks said it helps in clearing out the throat and the best way to cure sore throat or hoarseness is to drink a cup of salabat (ginger tea) or chew a piece of rhizome. It can also be used as a remedy for cough, aid for digestion and flatulence, headaches and hangovers. Use it as antiseptic by preparing some dried rhizomes with 70% alcohol and applying on wounds or cuts. Studies show that ginger can also be used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and has a good effect on some gastrointestinal problems. It has no known side effects. For post pregnancy, it helps in firming the body. As mentioned above, ginger is said to be used in Spas and massage outlets or centers because it helps relieve stress and tighten some areas on the body. Some folks put minced ginger on the belly part of women who just had given birth, then they bind it with the use of cloth. For hair and scalp care, ginger juice is used for hair loss and dandruff control.
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