Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Healing Ginger

Ginger is not only popularly known as spice, but also has a powerful healing features. Did you know that this spice can fight cramps, soothes sore muscles and calms cranky winter skin?

If you have aching muscles, its warming essential oil improves circulation and blood flow. making it an ace at relieving tired muscles. Try this soak: Grate 4 tbsps. fresh ginger and seal it in a cotton bag. Place bag under running bathwater.

If you have cramps from bad periods, try ginger tea. A study shows that ginger is an effective ibuprofen for relieving painful periods. Just steep 2 tbsps. fresh ginger root in water for 15 minutes, strain and enjoy with honey or lemon.

Skin Rejuvenator: Brighten your skin with this body scrub: Mix 4 ounces epsom salt, 1 tbsp. lime juice, and 1 tbsp. chopped ginger. Microwave at 15-seconds intervals until warm. Apply scrub all over then rinse.

Travel Buddy: If your stomach turns during a bumpy flights try a piece of crystallized or pickled ginger. Ginger can work better at preventing and treating motion sickness.