Popular home remedy for colds: how ginger works even better
Ginger is considered one of the best home remedies for the quick treatment of colds. However, many people make a small mistake in the preparation, which reduces the effectiveness of the healthy tuber. We explain how ginger works even better.
Natural remedies for colds
A runny nose, sore throat and headache: in the cold season you can catch a cold quickly. For adults, two to four flu infections a year are completely normal anyway. You don't necessarily have to resort to medication. There are also enough effective home remedies for colds. One of them is ginger tea. When preparing it, however, one should avoid a common mistake.
Ginger is the medicinal plant of 2018.
In Germany, the tuber is known primarily as an ingredient for pumpkin soup, as a component of various Thai curries, in the inlaid version for sushi, and in tea or smoothie.
The root with the fruity-spicy note is not only very tasty, but also extremely healthy. In Asia, the "miracle bulb" has been used to treat numerous diseases for thousands of years.
Among other things, ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect and strengthens the immune system and thus also prevents infections.
Don't peel ginger
The tuber can also help if you have caught an infection. Ginger tea is a popular home remedy for colds.
The tuber is full of spicy substances that are supposed to activate heat receptors. In addition, the ingredients contained therein are said to inhibit the same enzyme in the body as acetylsalicylic acid, which is also found in aspirin.
For a cup of ginger tea, the tuber should be cut into thin slices and poured with boiling water. However, it is very important not to peel the ginger, because the valuable ingredients are mainly under the shell.
Experts recommend the organic version because it is less contaminated with chemicals.
The tea should brew for a few minutes. Then you can remove the ginger pieces and season to taste with lemon and honey.
Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic
But ginger can do even more. The tuber has an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. This is partly scientifically proven.
For example, US scientists from the University of Georgia have found that the tuber is effective against muscle pain after excessive exercise.
In addition, researchers from the University of Miami were able to demonstrate a pain-relieving effect in osteoarthritis in a study.
It was shown that knee pain could be reduced in six weeks of treatment with ginger extracts in a large number of patients.
Hildegard von Bingen and Paracelsus already knew and used it in gastrointestinal complaints in medieval Europe.
Modern studies confirm this application, as well as the effectiveness in the travel sickness associated with nausea and vomiting as well as dizziness.
Not all tolerate the sharpness
In natural medicine, ginger has also been used for a long time against high blood lipid levels.
The tuber is also popular as a home remedy for a feeling of fullness. It works for digestive problems, diarrhea, loss of appetite and numerous other complaints.
Furthermore, ginger is rich in vitamins and minerals and can help you lose weight.
However, people with a sensitive stomach could have problems with larger amounts, not everyone can tolerate the sharpness. Affected people should ask their doctor for advice if necessary. (ad)