In recent time, people’s demand has shifted to organic products because of their rich nutrients and health benefits. Ginger is one of the roots that have a great list of positive components, therefore used by different cultures as an essential part of their diets and personal care.
Today, we would like to share some of those benefits with you.
Research shows that Ginger is part of the most healthy spices on earth. For centuries, ginger has been widely known for its healing properties and used in traditional/alternative medicine. As a consequence, raw ginger roots are widely used in households, and even more in production companies.
Fresh ginger can be processed and turned into different forms such as dried split, dried granules, candy, powder, root extract/juice, and ginger oil.
What for manufacturers can use all these types of ginger?
There are many ways to use ginger but here is the TOP 7.
1. Food 🍛
Ginger can be consumed in different forms. Fresh and powder ginger are used for cooking, and is widely known spice for food, especially in southern Asian countries. The root gives aromatic flavour to meat, seafood and other vegetarian dishes. Moreover, it can be pickled and eaten together with sushi, tofu and other foods. Ginger candies and sweets popular in Europe can be made by cooking ringer roots with sugar. Gingerbread, ginger cookies and crackers are great examples. (source)
Summary: Fresh and powdered ginger is commonly used as a spice, or be turned into candy or ingredient for sweets.
2. Food preservative 🥫
Organic food preservatives with high antimicrobial properties can be created by mixin ginger and garlic powder (source) (source) (source). It can be a potential bio preservative of beverages against yeasts and bacteria that spoil food. Hence, manufacturers that wish to preserve their products in an organic way without the use of unnatural additives can take advantage of this product. (source)
Summary: Ginger can be used as a preservative for food to maintain a longer product shelf life.
3. Beverages 🍵
Ginger drinks are widely known around the world. Namely, herbal ginger tea is one of the most popular ones, which can also be used to spice up coffee or to make chai. There are also carbonated drinks like ginger soda and alcoholic drinks such as ginger ale, ginger beer and ginger wine. Lately, ginger juice has become more popular in organic shop sections marketed as a natural “energy shot”. Drinking beverages with this product has also a positive impact for the body as it is a great antioxidant. (source)
Summary: Ginger is widely used for the production of drinks such as herbal tea, chai, juice, soda, ginger ale, ginger beer, and ginger wine.
4. Supplements 💊
The ginger root has been widely used in traditional ayurvedic/folk medicine, as it is known for having anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger has some properties that help fighting symptoms of the common cold, flu and cancer, as well as helping with weight loss, nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, muscle injury and many other.
Furthermore, grounded ginger can be used to produce ginger supplements for those that wish to benefit from the product but do not want to consume it directly. (source)
Summary: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and it is used as a supplement to treat common cold, flu, cancer and various illnesses and disorders.
5. Beauty and Hygiene Products 🧼
Beauty and hygiene product sector is having a great benefit from ginger ingredients. It can be used in the form of oil or powder for soaps, shampoos, cremes, toothpastes, scrubs, masks, etc. As it stimulates blood circulation it may rejuvenate the skin, help with cellulite, hair growth and combat dandruff. Therefore it is great not only for the inside but for the outside as well. (source) (source)
Summary: Ginger powder and extract/oil can be used as an ingredient for beauty and hygiene products due to anti-inflammatory properties.
6. Essential Oil and Fragrance 💧
Fresh ginger has 2-3% of oil, which can be extracted and used as a fragrance. It can be added to candles, perfumes. Essential oil is great for massages or for air humidifiers. It can be inhaled or applied to the skin. Besides, it helps to improve blood circulation, eliminate toxic substances, as well as improving the digestive processes, alleviating muscular pains and joint discomforts, and relieving nausea. (source)
Summary: Ginger oil has a strong aromatic sense, and can be used for aromatherapeutic purposes.
7. Pesticide and insecticide 🐛
As it is useful for people it can be the same way useful for plants. Organic pesticides can be derived from ginger as mentioned before. Farmers have an option for more sustainable farming without chemical pesticides (source). Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) is a vegetable pesticide that can be used for trip pest control, based on ginger. Such pesticide contains zingerone ketone compounds that have a spicy taste, repelling insects. This natural pesticide can also control other pests such as caterpillars, grasshoppers, curdles, nematodes, and anthracnose.
Summary: Ginger can be used as a pesticide and insecticide to protect organic farms without needing to use chemicals.
To summarize, ginger is a very versatile product rich with health beneficial properties. Some of the most known ways to use ginger and it’s products were mentioned above, but more research is being done for further applications and uses
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