USEFULNESS OF GINGER - Types, Benefits and Uses
As today people are more and more looking into organic products and the benefits of what earth provides, we would like to look into the uses and benefits of ginger.
Research shows that Ginger is part of the most healthy spices on earth. For centuries, ginger is widely known for its healing properties and has been used in traditional/alternative medicine, but that is not the only way to enjoy the benefits and purposes of ginger.
The raw ginger root is widely used in households, and even more in production companies. Many products have ginger as one of the ingredients. It can be processed and turned into a form of fresh, 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 eaten in different forms as well. Fresh and powder ginger can be used for cooking, which is a widely known spice for food, especially in southern Asian countries. It gives aromatic flavor to meat, seafood and other vegetarian dishes. Moreover, it can be pickled and eaten together with sushi, tofu and other foods. By cooking raw ginger root in sugar we can make ginger candies, and there are more sweets that are popular in Europe such as gingerbread, ginger cookies and crackers. (source)
Summary: fresh and powdered ginger is used for cooking as spice, it can be pickled, turned into a candy or ingredient for sweets.
2. Food preservative 🥫
There are several studies made that ginger powder used together with garlic powder can be used as a natural and organic food preservative due to its antimicrobial activity (source) (source) (source). It can be a potential bio preservative of beverages against yeasts and bacteria that spoil food. It is useful for manufacturers that wish to preserve their products in an organic way without needing to use unnatural additives. (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. Herbal ginger tea is one of the most popular one, but it can be used to spice up coffee or to make chai as well. 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 can be the main component to 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. It is believed to fight against common cold, flu and cancer, help with weight loss, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, muscle injury and many more other symptoms and illnesses. Grounded ginger can be used by producing ginger supplements for those that wish to benefit from the product but do not want to eat it or drink beverages made with it. (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, root extract or oil can be used as an ingredient for beauty and hygiene products to revive skin and other external body parts.
6. Essential Oil and Fragrance 💧
Fresh ginger has 2-3% of oil, which can be extracted and used as 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 skin. It has an effect for uplifting the mood, enhancing the feeling of courage, improving blood circulation, getting rid of toxic substances, enhancing digestive processes, alleviating muscular pains and joint discomforts, relieving nausea and other advantages. (source)
Summary: Ginger oil has a strong aromatic sense, can be inhaled for health care reasons or just to enjoy pleasant aroma.
7. Pesticide and insecticide 🐛
As it is useful for people it can be the same way useful for plants. For the farmers that want to turn to organic and sustainable farming and want to cut off using chemical pesticide - ginger is the product to go for (source). Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) is one of the plant sources of pesticides (vegetable pesticides) that can be used for trip pest control because it contains zingeron ketone compounds that have a spicy taste, causing the insect body to feel hot, fever and die. 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.
These are the most known ways to use ginger and it’s products, but there can be many more as it is a product with a lot of potential due to its medicinal properties.
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