Does ginger help with colds and coughs?


Ginger is known for its healing properties, specially with stomach and respiratory ailments. It is a pernenial rhizome that is light to reddish brown is color. Mostly  grown in India, China and other tropical regions. For over 5000 years ginger has been  used as a herbal medicine for all ailments. Drinking ginger juice everyday with a dash echinacea will give you the immunity boost you need specially in winter to ward off those colds and coughs.


Ginger plant has 30-100 cm tall stem or rhizome. Leaves are green in color and lance-shaped with 15-20 cm long. Ginger belongs to Zingiberaceae family. Ginger contains ingredient gingerol and volatile oils. Along with these it also has sesquiterpenoids and monoterpenoid in fewer quantities. Ginger eliminates waste in the body through sweating.


How does ginger help with coughs and colds?

Ginger had got some good healing properties which can help with bacterial infections too. However it helps best when taken before the onset of the infection and will help during the infection in restricting it.

  • If you have been coughing profusely and can''t stop, take a piece of freshly cut ginger and dip in some salt and chew on it takin gin the juice. This iwll help with the cough.
  • Another way is to cut 2inches of ginger and cut it and boil it in 1glass of water to concentrate it. Once it halves in qunatity, add some lemon juice and honey and keep drinking it 3-4 times during the day.
  • When you have stomach upset. This is a ginger is a good help with the digestion and flatulence.


Ginger consumption helps in relaxing and helping digestion. Ginger is used for upset stomach, nausea, constipation, motion sickness and many more. Ginger is used as a spice in cooking. Due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti flatulence properties it is widely available in  extracts, tinctures, tablets and oils. Ginger is used in preparation of tea. Recent studies found that ginger has anticancer activity. 

Ginger is used to control nausea associated with vomiting during pregnancy which is called as morning sickness. So gingeris used to avoid morning sickness but prescribed doses are preferred.



What are the benefits of Ginger?

  • Ginger is good for health if you include two-four grams daily in your meals.
  • Ginger tea helps in relieving menstrual cramps and headache.
  • Ginger oil is used to provide joint You do not have access to view this node relief.
  • Excess intake of ginger may cause heartburn. It is always better to consult a doctor if you have acidity problems before adding ginger to your food on a regular basis.

What are the uses of Ginger?

  • Ginger is used in pickles, salads, gingerbread, and ginger wine and ginger tea.
  • It is used for coughing, diarrhea and joint diseases.
  • Ginger is also used for treating allergies, asthma, colds, infections and inflammations.
  • Ginger helps to reduce cholesterol and avoid blood from clotting.
  • It is said that ginger is used to help in reducing weight. But then every herb is said to do that. I would say take this advice it with a pinch of salt before embarking on a blind diet which might not really help you and make you sick. Eating a balanced diet and exercising meoderately should help you but if adding ginger speedens the process then by all means do it. 
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