Uses of Ginger
For centuries, ginger has been a popular natural remedy used to treat many different ailments. Scientific studies even back up all the benefits ginger has to offer, showing how beneficial ginger can be.
Just a few of the health benefits ginger has to offer include preventing different types of cancer, aiding in digestion, reducing gas, strengthening the immune system, reducing arthritis pain, reducing nausea, treating the flu and improving appetite.
Ginger is often used in cooking for it’s delicious flavor and health benefits and is taken as a supplement for the health benefits it has to offer. However, ginger can be added to your beauty routine as well. Here is a look at some of the wonderful ginger root uses for beauty.
Why is Ginger Beneficial for Beauty?
I always talk about beauty coming from the inside out – literally – and that is one of the reasons why ginger is such a critical element to add to your beauty regimen. Ginger is one of the best digestive aids that money can buy, but why is that good for your natural beauty?
The digestive tract plays a huge role in how our skin looks (both in regards to wrinkles and acne, among other things). Because ginger aids digestion, it helps speed up the removal of toxins as well as promotes our circulation.
1Detox Ginger Tea Recipe
What Does that Mean for your Beauty?
Well, essentially less spots and a decrease in the aging process. Ginger is also high in Vitamin C – one of our main antioxidants used for fighting wrinkles (ever noticed how many anti-aging products promote the fact they have Vitamin C?). Beyond all these great properties, the anti-inflammatory nature of ginger also helps fight wrinkles and soften your skin.
All you need is:
- ½ tsp powdered ginger or 1/2 an inch fresh ginger root
- 4 – 6 oz of hot water
To quell appetite and aid digestion, begin by sipping this ginger tea. This can be sweetened by adding some honey if you have zero tolerance of the taste. Drink this 3 times per day before each meal.
- Chopped up and peeled 1/2 an inch of raw organic ginger
- Boiled water and added to a mug with the chunks of ginger at the bottom (if you don’t like the idea of ginger floating around, use a loose tea strainer)
- Steeped for few minutes before adding some lemon juice and then enjoy it.
2 Stress Relieving and Detoxifying Ginger and Mustard Foot Soak
Mustard is well known for being a home remedy that helps treat chills, sickness, colds, fatigue and aches, making mustard a wonderful addition to a foot bath. The addition of the ginger helps to detoxify the body while ensuring that the foot bath offers your feet some relaxation as well.
When you make up your own stress relieving, detoxifying foot bath using ginger and mustard, you’ll be able to detoxify your body through the soles of the feet, you’ll relax your entire body and the muscles in the feet will be rejuvenated. Just make sure you don’t use water that is too hot, since it can deactivate all the good properties of the mustard.
Mustard-Ginger Foot Bath Recipe:
- 1-1/2 Tbsp mustard powder (or freshly powdered mustard seeds)
- 2 tsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
- Combine the two in a basin that fits your feet (or your bathtub) with enough hot water to cover the tops of your feet.
- Stir around and then submerge your feet.
- Let your feet soak for 15-20 minutes, swishing the water around occasionally (and adding more warm water, if your foot bath becomes too cold).
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
3 Rejuvenating Ginger-Lemon Body Scrub for Cellulite Reduction
A good exfoliating scrub can leave you feeling fresh, tingly and invigorated. Ginger leaves skin feeling invigorated and fresh, making it a great addition to a homemade exfoliating scrub. Lemon zest also makes a great addition that will help with exfoliation while waking up your skin.
Simply use lemon and ginger in a sugar scrub and you’ll have an easy to make, cheap exfoliating scrub. The best part is that ginger is known to help reduce cellulite. Ginger root has cellulite reduction properties.
This makes sense, considering the thermal action and detoxing properties of ginger, so using it on areas affected by cellulite may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite while exfoliating away dead skin as well.
Fresh Ginger-Lemon Body Scrub
- 1/2 c. organic sugar
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 2 tsp freshly grated, peeled ginger (promotes blood circulation)
- Zest from one organic lemon
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.
- In the shower or bath, scrub your body lightly with the mixture and rinse well.
- This should keep in the refrigerator (if necessary) for up to a week. But I highly recommend you use it immediately.
4Fresh Ginger for Hypopigmented Scars (or White Scars)
If you happen to have white scars that have lost their pigmentation, then ginger is a great beauty cure to use. Scars often stand out when they lighten, making them more visible.
Ginger can help to reduce the appearance of skin that is hypopigmented, which will help to reduce the appearance of white, or hypopigmented, scars.
I first read about this phenomenon in one of my natural beauty books, but I took to the internet to find out if anyone had any practical experience with ginger actually helping to return the skin to its natural color. And yes. Yes, there is plentiful anecdotal evidence that ginger actually significantly reduces the appearance of hypopigmented skin.
Each day (or even twice a day) cut a VERY small sliver of fresh ginger and dab it on the hypo-pigmented areas. Don’t wash off. Just leave the juice there.
According to the forums I’ve read, most people see a slight improvement within a week or two, and within a few months, their scars are nearly completely back to normal color. The important thing is, do this every day. Without fail.
5Scalp Tonic to Stimulate Hair Growth!
Ginger works to increase scalp circulation. When blood flows to the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicles and encourages growth. The fatty acids in the root are great for thin hair. Use this recipe for hair loss, thinning hair or growing out a bad hair cut.
Due to the conditioning effect of sesame oil, it is better to mix it with ginger oil and then apply on scalp. This mixture protects the hair from further damage and also treats damaged hair follicles. Using this mixed oil to massage the scalp also increases blood circulation of the scalp and helps to get rid of dry scalp condition.
Scalp Treatment Recipe to rev up your Hair Follicles
- 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger root
- 1 tbsp sesame oil (or olive oil)
- For a ginger oil treatment, grate fresh ginger root and mix it with sesame oil. Massage the ginger oil into your scalp and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse and shampoo your hair.
- Another option: Peel about 6 ounces of fresh ginger and place it in a blender with ¼ cup of water. Blend until the ginger root becomes a fine pulp. Line a small bowl with two or three layers of cheesecloth and pour the pureed mixture onto the cheesecloth.
Gather the edges of the cheesecloth edges together, twist and hold them as you squeeze as much juice a possible from the cheesecloth into the bowl. Apply the juice directly to your scalp, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and shampoo as usual.