Ginger is a super herb/spice that has been around for over thousands of years. A popular and effective medicinal ingredient in Ayurveda, ginger is often referred to as a root, an underground stem known as rhizome.
Due to its strong and spicy aroma, ginger holds an important place as a spice, delicacy and even medicine. Apart from being used fresh, it is also used after drying or in powdered form or pickled form or even in the form of juice and oil. Listed below are some of the medicinal uses of the very versatile ginger.
- 1. Anti-ageing benefits
- 2. Soothes burns
- 3. Treatment of white scars
- 4. Stimulate hair growth
- 5. Treatment of dandruff
1. Anti-ageing benefits
Ginger comes with 40 antioxidant compounds that protect against ageing. It improves the appearance of the skin by removing harmful toxins and stimulation circulation that ensures in delivering more nutrients to the skin. These antioxidants prevent damage from free radicals and helps in preserving the youthful appearance of the skin.
2. Soothes burns
Application of fresh ginger juice can relieve you from the pain of burnt skin. It is also known to heal burnt skin by getting it to the natural position. You can also rub a slice of fresh ginger on the skin two or three time a day to reduce the scars within a period of 6 to 12 weeks. Make sure that you use fresh ginger slice each time.
3. Treatment of white scars
Hypopigmented scars occur when your skin loses its pigmentation and generally they are white or much lighter than the actual skin tone. Ginger reduces the appearance of these scars to an extent. Cut a slice of fresh ginger and dab it on the scares and leave it for some time. You will see a slight improvement within a week or two.
4. Stimulate hair growth
Ginger increases the scalp circulation that results in the flow of blood to the scalp. It also stimulates the hair follicles and encourages growth. The fatty acids in the ginger are beneficial for thin hair. You can make a hair mask by grating one tablespoon of ginger root in a small bowl and add one tablespoon of jojoba oil to it. Massage your scalp with it in circular motions and leave it for about 30 minutes or longer. Then rinse it off and shampoo.
5. Treatment of dandruff
One of the most common scalp problems is dandruff and ginger is the answer to that. Ginger has antiseptic properties that can help in getting rid of dandruff. Mix two tablespoons of freshly grated ginger with three tablespoons of sesame or olive oil and a dash of lemon juice to the mixture. Massage your scalp with it and rinse it off in 15-30 minutes. Do this thrice a week to get a dandruff-free scalp.