Ginger root - Health benefits and uses
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Meaning, powers, uses of ginger rootDiscover ginger root's association with your zodiac sign and Chinese zodiac sign, and its applications in dietetics, phytotherapy, aromatherapy and magic rituals.
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Ginger root: Technical sheet
Popular names: Small reed with club flowers, spice-root, horn-shaped root
Latin name: Zingiber officinale
Origin: India, Southeast Asia
Color: Orange (root), yellow (flower), green (leaves)
Description: Ginger root (or rhizome) is one of the main spices of Asian cuisine and traditional medicine, widely used from India to China and from Thailand to Japan. If Western countries tend to use it for limited recipes (Ginger Ale, Gingerbread), ginger was very popular in Europe at the time of the Roman Empire, when the root (and its close relatives in the family Zingiberaceae, cardamon and turmeric) were among the valuable goods transported on the trade routes of the spice trade. Already at the time, the reputation of ginger as an aphrodisiac was widespread.
Culinary and dietary uses: In cooking, the ginger root can be used raw, in which case it is usually pressed and drunk with sparkling water or other fruit juice (to calm the heat due to its strong peppery and spicy taste), or cut into fine slices or cubes as a frying spice. In this case, ginger and garlic are minced in the same amount and added to a little cooking oil in a hot wok, serving as a base for sautéing meat or vegetables. Fresh and crushed as a paste, ginger root is also ideal as a marinade spice for chicken, fish or shrimp. This type of marinade does not necessarily combine ginger paste with crushed garlic, but often contains paprika (red pepper powder) and / or turmeric powder.
Ginger root: Nutrition facts, health benefits
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Calories (energetic value): 333 kJ (80 kcal)
Protein: 1.82 g (per 100 g)
Main vitamins: Vitamin B6 (12 % of Daily Value), Vitamin C (6 % DV)
Main minerals: Magnesium (12 % DV), Manganese (11 % DV), Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc
Water: 79 g (per 100 g)
Health properties: Fresh ginger is often used for digestive system problems (diarrhea, upset stomach, gas) and to prevent nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
Aromatherapy, phytotherapy: Applied on the hollow nostrils on each side of the nose, the oil can help relieve headaches by helping to clear sinuses and eliminate mucus. When diluted in a carrier oil, Ginger essential oil is used for massages whose benefits include renewed tonicity, muscle pain and rheumatism relief. Ginger also remains known as an aphrodisiac for men and the spice of choice for a dinner between lovers.
Benefit for skin: Renowned for the great number of antioxidants (which are part of the 3 % flavored oils contained in the total weight of a fresh root of ginger), it is believed that ginger, in addition to its properties against aging skin, helps to standardize the nuances of the skin and enhance its elasticity. Ginger juice is also sometimes applied to the skin to soothe the pain of a burn.
Possible side effects: If ginger is mainly considered safe to eat, it can however interfere with anticoagulants (such as aspirin) and cardiovascular drugs. Among its known allergic reactions, it can create a temporary rash. In Ayurveda, it is advisable to avoid consuming ginger in early pregnancy and avoid it altogether in case of fever, skin inflammation and stomach ulcers.
Ginger root: Astrological, traditional, magical properties
Planet, deity: Mars
Vedic element: Fire
Related chakra: Solar plexus chakra
Zodiac sign, moon sign: Aries, Scorpio
Chinese element: Earth
Chinese zodiac sign: Ox, Goat, Dog
Ayurveda, traditional medicine: Ginger, when it is fresh and cooked, is considered for its balancing virtues (for the 5 elements and organs) and medicinal virtues, and because it reduces the risks of food poisoning. This is largely the reason for its very frequent use in Indian and Asian cuisine, as well as in traditional medicine preparations.
Psychological benefits: Since ginger is a tonic, it can help get out of the torpor of depression.
Magical uses: In magic rituals, ginger's ability to warm the participant strengthens the power and ability to perform rituals, especially when it comes to rituals of love. When you want to attract money or business success, ginger roots must be planted in a pot or in the garden so that their good development will allow these wishes to be fulfilled.
Did you know? An ancient tradition involves chewing and then spitting pieces of fresh ginger on the "seat" of the disease to contribute to its disappearance.