The monsoons are finally here to provide us relief from the scorching heat. Between getting wet in the rain, long drives and enjoying tea and pakodas, we often neglect the unhealthy habits we inculcate, making us vulnerable to health problems. To the rescue, the magical root, Ginger!
Apart from adding spice and taste to food and drinks, ginger also possesses some key medicinal properties. Ageing back to Ayurveda, ginger was recommended as a cure to prevent various health problems. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this magical root!
1.Prevention of Cold and Flu
For most of us catching a cold during monsoon is as common as breathing.
Packed with antibacterial and antiviral properties, ginger helps in protecting against flu and cold. The gingerol and shagol compounds present in ginger stimulates perspiration and reduces body temperature, hence healing pain & irritation.
Generally, fresh ginger, shredded or chopped, can be taken with honey or water to treat these symptoms.
We tend to binge on unhealthy food during the rainy season but this can lead to severe indigestion. Ginger is highly effective in improving food absorption and metabolism, which helps in preventing indigestion.
3.Strengthen The Immune System
In the monsoons, it is all the more crucial to take care of your immunity and ginger is full of antibacterial properties which helps to prevent nausea and soothe an upset stomach, supporting the immune system.
Coughing and congestion are common problems during the monsoon. This herb contains expectorant properties that loosen the mucus from lungs. The oleoresins in ginger prevent the formation of excess mucus and help in soothing the lung tissues. If you have a deep cough, opt for a crystallized ginger.
5.Maintains Blood Circulation
Known as a vasodilator, ginger opens up blood vessels and allows more blood to pass through. It also contains zinc, chromium and magnesium which can help improve the overall blood flow. Additionally, it helps to prevent fever, excessive sweating, and chills.
We are sure after reading all these benefits, you would want to have ginger in some way. Scroll down to read how to make that perfect healthy ginger tea.
• About 2 inches of fresh raw ginger peeled (use more or less, depending on how strong you want it!)
• 1 ½ cup water
• 1 tbsp of Healthy Alternatives- Holy Basil (Tulsi) Honey
• ½ lime
1. Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey to taste.
3. Serve in a cup and enjoy your hot ginger tea overlooking the rains!
You can also gorge onto L'Exclusif – Digestive Ginger and keep it handy especially during the monsoon season.
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