Discover cautions and benefits of ginger with homemade ginger recipes!
Ginger is a perennial, reed like, plant growing three to four feet tall. It produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers. Because of its appealing beauty and attraction to warm climates, it’s used as landscaping for many subtropical homes. It was, first, cultivated in South Asia.
Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. A rhizome is the horizontal stem of a plant, often, found underground. Roots and shoots grow out from nodes. Ginger is known as ginger root with a sweet, spicy, scent.
Mature ginger roots are fibrous and nearly dry. The root juice is potent. Used as flavoring for Chinese, Japanese or Asian cuisines.
Young ginger rhizomes are juicy, fleshy and have a very mild taste. They're picked and used as an ingredient in cooking dishes or steeped in boiling water for ginger tea.
Powdered dry ginger is used as a flavoring for snacks: candy, bread, cookies, crackers, cakes.
HEALTH BENEFITS of GINGER
Ginger contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron,
vitamin C, choline, folic acid, inositol, manganese, panthotenic acid,
silicon and a small amount of vitamin B3. It has antioxidants benefits with more than twelve types of
antioxidants! Blue ginger, from Madagascar, contains a potent
RELIEVE: nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, motion sickness, arthritic pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, upset stomach, colds, coughs,
asthma, bronchitis, flu, sore muscles, headaches and menstrual cramps.
-- Stimulate poor circulation and appetite
-- Help prevent heart disease
-- Lower bad cholesterol
CAUTION! Ginger is recognized as safe but it may cause allergic reactions such as: bloating, gas, heartburn, belching and more.
BENEFITS OF GINGER and SKIN CARE
Invigorating, Stimulating, Antiseptic, Antibacterial
Ginger essential oil is not recommended for use internally. It’s non-toxic and, mostly, a non-irritating substance except when used in higher concentrations. Ginger oil is extracted by steam distillation from the rhizome root and yields about 3% oil. It has a pale yellow to dark amber color with a sharp, spicy, aroma and thin consistency.
RELIEVES: bruises, carbuncles, sores on the skin, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and pains. Combats acne, skin damaging free radicals and cellulite. Helps to lighten age spots. Promotes smoothness and even skin tone. Decrease inflammation. Increase radiance to skin.
CAUTION! Ginger or ginger oil can irritate skin and cause photosensitivity, (sensitivity to sunlight). It can cause allergic skin reactions such as rashes, hives, redness or other skin irritations. Those with sensitive skin should either avoid using ginger oil or use with extreme caution. Stop using any products containing ginger oil, immediately, upon signs of skin irritation. If symptoms persist, seek advice from your medical health provider.
CAUTION! Avoid ginger/ginger essential oil during pregnancy.
Ginger essential oil is used in a variety of products: soaps, shampoos, balms, body scrubs, creams, lotions, bath oils and massage oils.
The benefits of ginger of numerous, but you must understand the cautions of using essential oils BEFORE use. CAUTION! Never apply any essential oils to skin, directly. They are POTENT chemicals with bioactive ingredients. Never use
large amounts. Always dilute them in soaps, lotions, carrier oil or some other buffering agent. Never use them without knowing what their bioactive compounds can do.
MAKING HOMEMADE SOAP
Ginger oil is used for making homemade shampoo. This homemade shampoo gets rid of dandruff with a hint of warm ginger scent.
Use ginger oil with other oils for a complimentary aroma. Ginger oil blends well with: bergamot, frankincense, neroli, rose, sandalwood, yiang-yiang, patchouli, rosewood, cedarwood, coriander, lime, grapefruit, geranium, spearmint, lavender, orange, vetiver and spice/citrus oils.
HOMEMADE GINGER RECIPES - Homemade Skin Care
--- DR OZ. GINGER SCRUB - Exfoliate & Protect
Combine 1 tablespoon chopped ginger, 4 ounces Epsom Salt and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Mix together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until the mixture is warm, but not too hot that it can burn your skin. Apply to skin, avoiding sensitive areas. Rinse with warm water. Gently pat dry. This ginger recipe exfoliates skin and protects it from free radicals, caused from UV sun exposure.
--- GINGER BATH - Detox, Cleanse, Natural Glow
(This bath is NOT for those with sensitive or allergy-prone skin.)
Add 1 teaspoon of ginger powder to warm bathtub full of water. Soak in tub for approx. 15 minutes. CAUTION! This ginger bath WILL make you sweat, profusely! You may even sweat at least an hour after you bathe. Drink plenty of water after bathing. Avoid dehydration. Toxins are purged from the body through the pores of the skin, in sweat. This ginger recipe helps provide a natural, glowing, overall appearance.