Home Remedies using Ginger are immense and through this article we take you through the best uses of Ginger in Indian homes.
Ginger is the most common spicy and pungent herb used in Indian homes as condiment in cooking. Because of its antimicrobial properties, that may fight against bacterial and viral infections, it is extensively used in Indian homes during illness and also as a preventive remedy against any infections. Ginger also has antioxidant properties, which provides protective and healing benefits against diseases. The herb became a must have spice in every Indian home especially after Covid 19 pandemic spread.
Fresh ginger is found to have more antioxidative benefits, immune boosting capacity, also stimulates immune system to kill viruses. Hence its widely used in routine simple preparations like ginger tea.
Botanical name– Zingiber officinale
Dry ginger is rubbed over a hard surface by adding a little water. The thin paste is applied over the forehead and person is asked to sleep. The paste is removed after 15 minutes by washing off.
Ginger water is used as a remedy to counter side effects of excess intake of sour mango. (Bhava Prakasha)
Ginger with hot water: 1 - 3 grams of ginger is administered with a cup of hot water to relieve Ama (altered digestion and metabolism) in case of Irritable bowel disease, associated with low digestion strength - Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 15th chapter.
Fresh ginger juice, lemon juice and honey - take a teaspoon of each of these and mix well. The dose of this remedy is one teaspoon. It means the remedy will be useful for three persons. Do not overdose, as it may cause stomach irritation. This improves the blood circulation to sense organs and the concentration levels improves due to that. Hence, it is a good remedy for people who feel tired and sleepy all the time. It is also a good remedy to relieve indigestion, vomiting, hangover, nausea and headache.
Ginger juice extract 2 - 3 drops is instilled into nose to create irritation and to expel out sputum, to relieve sinusitis. But some may find it highly irritating. Hence precaution is necessary.
Ginger powder is added to sesame oil or any pain-relieving oil and is applied as paste to relieve joint stiffness and to improve blood circulation.
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Sour buttermilk mixed with a pinch of rock salt and 1 - 2 grams of ginger powder at night, before food.
During chronic cough, chest injury, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis etc. conditions, 48 ml of juice of fresh ginger is consumed daily along with milk. The dose is increased by 6 ml, every day. This is continued for one month.
During this period, the patient should drink only milk and abstain from eating solid foods.
This recipe is best to promote nourishment, lifespan, strength, skin health and immunity.
Indigestion: 5 grams crushed rhizome with salt or jaggery twice daily before meal.
Ear pain: 2-4 drops of fresh warm juice to be instilled in the ear (don't use when there is discharge)
Hoarseness of voice: 1-3 grams powder of dry rhizome with honey in three divided doses.
Aches and pains: 10-20 ml. decoction prepared from 2 grams of dry rhizome twice a day.
Cold / cough: 2-5 grams powder of dry rhizome with jaggery thrice a day in divided doses. 10ml decoction prepared from a piece of ginger every morning prevents recurrent attack of cold.
Head ache: Warm paste should be applied over forehead upto 3 - 4 times a day.
Abdominal pain: 5 ml juice in a glass of butter milk with lemon & salt.
Joint pain: Mix ginger powder with sesame oil and apply over the affected joints to relieve pain and stiffness.
Bloating and abdominal pain: Add one pinch of rock salt and 1 gram of ginger powder into one glass of sour buttermilk and drink before food at night.
Ama or undigested material: Drink decoction prepared with dry ginger and rock salt.
Chest congestion: Apply paste of ginger and mustard oil over chest to relieve chest congestion.
Allergic rashes: Combination of ginger juice and old jaggery twice a day.
Swelling: Make balls out of paste prepared with dry ginger and jaggery. Have 1-2 a day to reduce swelling and free stool passage.
Swelling due to sting: Paste of dry ginger and yogurt should be applied over affected area.
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