Valuable medicinal plant: Ginger not only helps with colds

Treating infections: Ginger can help fight the common cold

In the cold season you can quickly catch an infection. Coughing, runny nose and hoarseness make life difficult. But colds can be prevented. You don't need medication. Natural resources can strengthen our immune system; one of them is ginger. The tuber can help with numerous diseases.

Natural remedies for colds

A runny nose, sore throat and headache: in the past few weeks, many people have contracted a cold. 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. The tuber can also help with many other diseases.

Current medicinal and medicinal plants work against numerous diseases

Hawthorn has been named medicinal plant of 2018. And ginger is the current medicinal plant of the year. Both plants serve as home remedies for colds.

But they can also help against various other diseases.

So horehound is mostly used for indigestion and respiratory diseases.

The ingredients of the medicinal plant also have an expectorant effect and make it easier to cough up from the bronchi.

However, the medicinal plant of the year is better known: ginger. Among other things, the miracle bulb has an anti-inflammatory effect and strengthens the immune system and thus also prevents infections.

Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic

Ginger is known to many people in this country primarily as an ingredient for pumpkin soup, as a component of various Thai curries, in the inlaid version with 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.

Ginger 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.

Hildegard von Bingen and Paracelsus already knew and used it in gastrointestinal complaints in medieval Europe.

Modern studies confirm this application, as well as its effectiveness in the travel sickness associated with nausea and vomiting as well as dizziness.

For colds and digestive problems

In natural medicine, ginger has long been used against high blood lipid levels. Furthermore, the root is often used for colds.

For example, you can peel a thumb-sized piece of ginger bulb, cut it into thin slices and pour a cup of boiling water over it. Such a hot ginger tea can strengthen the immune system.

Ginger is also popular as a home remedy for bloating. The tuber works with 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)

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