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In the long list of spices capable of generating great benefits for the body, ginger is at the top. This plant, native to Southeast Asia, came to life specifically in the tropical forests of southern China, from where it spread to the rest of the world. And it was thanks to its medicinal properties and its versatility in the kitchen that the ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations adopted it for their daily use.

The part of ginger that is usually used is the rhizome, which is the stem that develops underground, and can be consumed fresh, dried, in juice, and in powder form. Its particular spicy and slightly bitter taste is produced by two essential compounds: gingerols and shogaols. The vast majority of the medicinal qualities of this herb come from these substances, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, and antioxidant effects.

Ancient Chinese and Indian texts reveal that ginger was used as a remedy for digestive problems and also to relieve nausea and vomiting. For this reason, it is commonly recommended to people who are receiving chemotherapy and to those who are going through a pregnancy. Even in traditional Chinese medicine, ginger was used to prevent colds and flu. Yes, now we know that preparing a ginger tea to relieve a cough has been around for thousands of years.

Today, scientific studies have confirmed many of the health benefits of this spice, previously only known through alternative medicine. Some of the most common are: strengthening the immune system; regulate blood sugar levels; improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes; and stimulate cognitive function and memory.

Another of the positive factors of ginger is that it helps lower cholesterol levels. The Healthline health portal released a series of studies carried out in 2018 in which, of 60 people with hyperlipidemia, 30 who received five grams of ginger powder every day saw their levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) reduced by 17.4%. , in a period of three months.

It is also valid to mention that ginger improves blood circulation, since it contains magnesium and zinc; its composition rich in vitamins and minerals gives it antioxidant properties, favorable to cardiovascular health; and in the field of aesthetics, it is usually applied in homemade masks to stimulate the production of collagen, and in the hair to eliminate dandruff, prevent hair loss, develop hair growth and prevent dryness.

At the same time, ginger is a well-known plant in the world of esotericism, where it is associated with the powers of the fire element. In the magical universe, it is believed that it conjures the powers of the Sun and Mars to invoke the strength and power of fire, and increase the potential and chi of each person (in Chinese philosophy, chi is defined as “the flow of vital energy”).

Thanks to its connection to the Sun, ginger root is used in potions and spells to improve people’s health. The reason? Just like cinnamon, it is considered a catalyst, which makes situations happen faster. In addition, given its relationship with the fire element, ginger is a powerful aphrodisiac, recommended to improve sexual relations and increase passion. To attract love, powdered ginger can be used in certain rituals, added to love oils or mixed with other aphrodisiacs such as cinnamon.

As if this were not enough, it is believed that when ginger is chewed, eaten or drunk with a tea, it increases the body’s energy and the power of people to achieve their goals. This plant is also used to attract prosperity and ward off economic problems such as poverty. For this, the root must be planted in the ground and always keep it close. One more fact: when the ginger root has the human form (that is, it resembles a body), it is considered much more powerful.

Although it was found in Southeast Asia and in ancient times it was marketed as a luxury spice, today ginger is cultivated in countries such as China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria, and has become the “must” ingredient of celebrities such as Rihanna and even Rosalía, who admitted that she always carries a ginger root for tea in her bag. It’s time to experience its benefits at home.

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