Ginger has been used for centuries as a remedy for nausea and to settle upset stomachs. It is also a very strong and powerful anti-inflammatory, making it excellent for people with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It can also be used to increase energy and appetite. What many people do not know is that ginger can also be used for anti-aging purposes. The root and the oil of ginger are both highly suitable additions to any anti-aging regimen and it is simple to learn how to use them for this purpose.
Things You'll Need
- Fresh ginger
- Two carrots
- Ginger oil
- Ginger tea
- Ginger supplement
Chop up fresh ginger and cook it in stir fry dishes several times a week. Be sure to peel the ginger before cooking it.
Put two large carrots, one cut-up red apple and a half-inch slice of peeled ginger through a juicer for a delicious anti-aging drink. Drink a glass of this every day.
Put a few drops of ginger oil into your favorite moisturizer for anti-aging benefits for your skin.
Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea every day. Use tea bags or make your own tea by placing an inch of peeled, diced ginger in the bottom of a tea cup and covering with 6 oz. of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, strain off the ginger and drink.
Take a ginger supplement every day, in the mornings. Ginger supplements typically come in capsule form and are available at health food stores.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are using fresh ginger root, it is important to always peel it completely before cooking or eating it. While the peel will not hurt you if you eat it, it is very tough and fibrous and may be difficult to chew. Ginger peel also does not taste very good and can ruin the overall flavor of a dish.
- When peeling and cutting up fresh ginger root, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands afterward. If you don't, and inadvertently put a finger near your eye, it will cause you a lot of pain that will require a good 10 minutes of eye washing to relieve.
- Do not use ginger for a month before or a month after undergoing any kind of surgery. Ginger is a powerful blood thinner and it can cause excessive bleeding both inside and outside your body. It can also interfere with any blood thinning medications you may be taking. If you have been using ginger prior to a scheduled surgery, be sure to let your surgeon know about this.