Temper the pungent spicy taste of ginger with honey and it becomes deliciously palatable besides offering a number of benefits
Pairing gives synergy and makes the duo ginger honey a more effective combination than the individual components. This applies in life as people marry, form a pair and progress. Metals are alloyed, two metals combine to give properties to the alloy that neither possesses individually. You can prepare plain rice or combine it with pulses to make delicious, healthy khichdi. In the same way, ginger, the marvelous rhizome, when mixed with honey becomes more appealing and healthful.
Ginger or Zingiber officinale, is the rhizome with all round health benefits. It contains gingerols, zingerone and shagaols in addition to sesquiterpenoids, zingiberene, citral, monoterpenoids, cineol and bisabolene. Ginger is considered a febrifuge, anti-pyretic, anti-tussive anti-bacterial, carcinogen, carminative and anti-inflammatory, giving over 40 health benefits. Ginger can be consumed raw, in foods, as a tea or even applied topically in the form of ginger oil.
Honey is produced by honey bees and is a mix of fructose and glucose with small amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Honey is tonic, restorative, a bactericide and a wonderful energizer.
Ginger is hot, pungent and spicy. Honey is delectably sweet. The common factor is that both are good for health, representing unity in diversity. Here is how you can combine the two, enjoy the combination and derive health benefits.
1. Combining Ginger and Honey Uses
Honey and ginger can be combined in different ways. These are:
- Cut ginger into small pieces and soak them in honey, storing them in a small bottle. You can eat ginger-honey any time, add them to breads or biscuits or even salads.
- Add a dash of spice powder and lemon juice to enhance the taste. You can even grate ginger finely and mix with honey to make a flavorful, zingy spread.
- Grind ginger into a paste with a little bit of water and strain the juice. Mix the juice with honey.
- Take dried ginger powder and add just enough honey to bind the powder together. Make into small balls and store.
Take it a step further by adding ginger and honey to any vegetable juice or fruit juice and drink it first thing in the morning to keep your digestive system toned.
2. Health Benefits of Ginger Honey
- Ginger expels phlegm and honey soothes inflamed tissues. Mixture of honey and ginger boosts the expectorant properties, anti-inflammatory properties and soothing properties, bringing quick relief in cases of cough, sore throats, runny nose and colds.
- Add some pepper powder to ginger-honey juice and it is immensely beneficial in asthma, bringing relief and helping you breathe with ease.
- Ginger is carminative, improves appetite and when mixed with honey, eases the process besides boosting immunity. The mixture with the addition of asafetida, cumin powder and mint, also helps relieve gas and stomach pains.
- Ginger and ginger essential oil are efficacious should you have nausea or travel sickness. Add honey and the mix will be even more efficacious, even suppressing vomiting, a boon for pregnant women. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy gain nutrition and relief by imbibing ginger-honey mix.
- Ginger and honey mix has a positive effect on cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure and keeping the blood pure and free of radicals. Ginger honey are antioxidant with different compounds, all of which act together to keep your system in pristine condition.
- For those afflicted with amoebiosis, a mixture of dried ginger powder, honey, lemon rind and tamarind leaves help overcome the problem.
- Regular use of ginger-honey mix increases virility and sexual potency in a natural way.
- Ginger and honey increase metabolism by aiding digestion and the combination is ideal for those looking to lose weight.
- Ginger, according to ayurveda, reduces phlegm and wind whereas honey placates biliousness and phlegm. In combination, the mixture of honey and ginger helps balance all the three doshas and improves health.
- Honey is important in ayurveda, serving as a vehicle for other medications and helping to either nullify side effects or enhance the positive effects. Dry ginger has different properties according to ayurveda and it inhibits phlegm and wind while keeping pitta balanced so use dry or fresh ginger according to the need. Fresh ginger is less aggravating while dry ginger powder and honey is more effective to bring down kapha (phlegm).
- If you have excessive wind or vata which results in excess of phlegm and poor circulation, you can start your day with ginger tea laced with honey and a castor oil cleanse for detoxification of your system. You can do this for a week continuously or do it once a week.
- Excess of ginger is not recommended for children below the age of two, for those suffering from gallstones, from heartburn, gas, hyperacidity, chronic skin disease, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines. In such cases, fresh ginger tea (which is really mild) with honey does not cause harm and confers many benefits.
- Researches showed that ginger activated the human immune system to destroy viruses. Honey itself helps build immunity. Taking the two together gives a synergy to anti-viral activity.
You may want to take ginger-honey combination for v the health benefits. Even otherwise, the combination is delicious and eating it for taste alone will also prove beneficial apart from giving you enjoyment.
3. Ginger Essential Oil Uses
Highly aromatic and with a spicy odor, ginger essential oil can be used in a variety of ways for your benefit
These are stressful times when you are busy and can quite forget about taking care of your physical and spiritual wellbeing. You may not have spare time to devote to either. In such situations, Mother Nature has provided us with wonderful herbs such as ginger that is food and tonic, with wide ranging therapeutic properties. A minute is all it takes to use ginger or ginger essential oil and keep good health.
Ginger, the wonderful rhizome, with the Latin name Zingiber officinale, belonging to the Zingibaraceae family, owes its healthful properties to Shagaols, zingerone and gingerone. Ginger is a carcinogen, anti-oxidant, antibacterial, analgesic, carminative,antipyretic and a sedative too.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the ginger rhizomes and yield 2 to 4% of essential oils made up of fractions of b-pinene, 1,8 cineole, a-pinene, borneol, nerol, geraniol, linalool, geranyl acetate, zingiberene, b-bisabolene, geraniol and y-terpineol. Concentrated ginger essential oil is highly aromatic, pungent and has a high oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) of 99300 micro TE per 100 grams, making it one of the best antioxidants around. Ginger essential oil, besides being an excellent carcinogen, is also an effective anti-emetic, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, carminative, cephalic, febrifuge, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic and expectorant.
4. Ginger Essential Oil – How it’s Prepared
Ginger Essential oil is prepared by steam distillation of dry ginger and contains a number of aromatic essential oils. Ginger essential oil is highly concentrated and is diluted before use, mixing it with any oil such as olive oil or other aromatic essential oils.
5. Ways You Can Use Ginger Essential Oil
- You can vaporize ginger essential oil by adding it to boiling water and inhaling the steam. The vapors relieve lethargy, bring relief in nausea, colds and cough and also improve your sexual energy.
- Add a few drops of ginger essential oil to any safe skin lotion and apply it to affected parts when you suffer from muscular aches, rheumatism or arthritis. Vital ginger essential oils penetrate the skin and improve circulation, bringing relief to painful areas.
- You can also add ginger essential oil to some hot water, soak a towel, and use it as a hot compress for the same purposes. Ginger oil can also be added to bath water for the same end use.
- Inhale ginger essential oil infused into your handkerchief and you gain relief in travel sickness, indigestion, colds, fevers and morning sickness.
6. Ginger Essential Oil Benefits
Ginger essential oil has therapeutic properties, giving wide-ranging health benefits. In addition, aromatherapy also makes extensive use of ginger essential oil for rejuvenation of physical and spiritual health. A little oil goes a long way.
- Keep a little ginger essential oil handy and it will come in useful to treat rheumatism, nausea, travel sickness, colds and coughs, indigestion, fever and pains. A whiff of ginger essential oil calms, refreshes and energizes you. It has warming properties and is a wonderful aphrodisiac too.
- Wet a small piece of cotton with ginger essential oil and inhale it. You will improve your mood, overcome your lethargy and will be able to revitalize your mind and body.
- Apply a few drops of ginger essential oil on lymph nodes found around the neck, thigh joint and armpits and your immune system will go into overdrive.
- If you feel depressed and suffer from low libido, there is nothing like a massage with oil to which you have added some ginger essential oil. Also inhale ginger essential oil at the same time and regain top performance where it matters.
- Ginger essential oil is helpful in motion sickness and nausea.
- It is helpful when applied over the neck, on and around the nose and on the chest when you are down with influenza.
- Ginger oil is also beneficial in skin ailments.
- Ginger oil provides the base note for heady perfumes and is a potent aroma therapy agent in its own right, helping you become calm, relaxed and energized when the oil is diffused in the air around you. You gain spiritual and mental balance.
A word of caution: Do not expose your skin to the sun after you have massaged it with ginger essential oil due to its phototoxic properties.
7. Ginger Essential Oil for Aromatherapy and Mental Wellbeing
- Whether at home or at work, take some ginger essential oil and diffuse it into the air around you and you will feel mentally energized, able to work for longer hours with reduced fatigue.
- Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy will feel much better when they inhale ginger essential oil.
- The unique fragrance and properties of essential oils in ginger oil keep nausea at bay in pregnant women. All you have to do is sniff it or diffuse it into the air around you.
- Ginger essential oil can be mixed with other essential oils and used in aromatherapy. It has a positive effect on the sacral charka and the solar plexus charka, uplifting your mood and infusing you with a sense of calm control.
- Apply diluted oil on vital charka points, inhale it and let the holistic properties of ginger oil spread through to your soul.
8. Ginger Essential Oil for Cooking
You may not be able to add ginger to all culinary preparations, especially sweets. However, you can use a few drops of ginger essential oil to enhance confectionary preparations such as cakes and biscuits and give them a whole new spicy flavor. Salad dressings gain in piquancy and taste when you add a couple of drops of ginger oil.
Ginger essential oil, as you can see, is useful in more ways than one and a drop goes a long way to ensure your physical and mental wellbeing. Keep a small bottle of ginger essential oil handy; you never know when you will need this friend in need.
With so many health benefits of ginger essential oil, you may be tempted to carry a piece of ginger or a small vial of ginger oil in your pocket. No harm in this; in its way it is more than a pocket doctor.