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The Amazing Benefits of Ginger and Possible Side Effects

Ginger is one of the most important spices worldwide. For over 2 thousand years Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help cure and prevent several health problems.  It is known to promote energy circulation in the body while positively increasing the body’s metabolic rate. Ginger was also widely used by the ancient Romans and it was a very expensive spice, one pound of ginger was equivalent to the price of a whole sheep. Ginger almost became lost in history after the fall of the Roman Empire but became popular again when Europe re-discovered it. Ginger has influenced the history of man since ancient China, wars were waged and entire dynasties rose and fell with the objective of seizing it. The trade of such spices was the root of the world’s economy for centuries. Ginger is a herb but is often known as a spice, with a strong distinct flavor that can increase the production of saliva. The part that is used as spice on the plant itself is the rhizomes or ginger root. The health benefits of honey and ginger in treating respiratory problems are unmatched by any other concoction!

Here is a list of medicinal properties ginger has been known to have throughout history:


anticlotting agent









circulatory stimulant




increases blood flow

promotes sweating

relaxes peripheral blood vessels

Though ginger is lauded for its medicinal qualities, it may be difficult for the some people to palette its raw form and ingesting it may require a certain amount of strong will or another less pungent accompaniment. Used as a common cure for congestion and the common cold, raw slices of ginger can be steeped in hot water and brewed as ginger tea. This can also be done by placing dried ginger slices and tea leaves in boiling water and letting the mixture “sit” for a while before adding honey or sugar and drinking it. Lemon can also be added as a variation. This very same treatment can also be used for relieving indigestion and fever as well. Ginger is also touted as being very useful in treating nausea and headaches. This is because of its analgesic qualities and a natural approach to overcoming discomfort instead of taking more popular drugs like Ibuprofen.


Ginger is used in several forms. Whole raw ginger roots have a pale yellow interior, while the skin color may vary depending on the country of origin. For instance, Jamaican ginger is pale buff, while Indian and African ginger are darker brown. Very fresh roots have a light green skin and are usually found in Asian markets. Preserved ginger is made from young roots that are sliced and canned in heavy sugar syrup. Pickled ginger is sliced and pickled in vinegar, a common accompaniment to Japanese sushi. Dried roots are referred to as either black if they’re not peeled or white if they are peeled. Dried ginger roots are used to make powdered ginger.

Home Remedies using Ginger

Ginger has many uses in the home remedies department and can be used to help arthritis, diarrhea, flu, headache, heart and menstrual problems, diabetes, stomach upset and motion sickness.

Muscle Strains – Apply warm ginger paste with turmeric to the affected area twice a day.

Sore Throat – Boil some water and add a dash of cinnamon, a little piece of ginger, 1 tsp honey and drink.

For a persistent cough – Take a half teaspoonful of ginger powder, a pinch of clove with a pinch of cinnamon powder and honey in a cup of boiled water and drink it as tea.

Ashma – A teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste acts as a excellent expectorant in the treatment of asthma.

Headaches – Dilute a paste of ginger powder, about 1/2 a teaspoon, with water and apply to you forehead.

Colds – Boil a teaspoonful of ginger powder in one quart of water and inhale the steam – helps alleviate colds.

Ginger Compress – This method stimulates blood and body fluid circulation, helps loosen and dissolve toxic matter eg. cysts, tumors. Place about a handful of coarsely grated ginger in a cloth and squeeze out the ginger juice into a pot containing 4 liters of hot water (do not boil the water). Dip a towel into the ginger water and wring it out. Apply very hot to the affected area.

Diabetes – Some doctors recommend some drinking ginger in water first thing in the morning to help regulate your glucose level.

For relief of nausea – Ginger is generally taken in doses of 200 mg every 4 hours.

For relief of flatulence – Ginger is generally taken in doses of 250 to 500 mg 2 to 3 times a day.

Ginger also contains antioxidants. Antioxidants react with free radicals in the body, which are responsible for cell damage. There is also some belief in eastern traditional medicine that ginger is also a good aphrodisiac. Interestingly, it is also advisable to take ginger for any menstrual disorders like heavy cramping and a delayed onset, this is interesting to note because most drugs that have the same benefit can induce a period at any time without taking the body cycles into account. There is some evidence and belief that ginger is a good treatment for arthritis. This is probably because of its analgesic qualities and less due to any benefits done to the affected joints. There are no current cures for arthritis, for it is a degenerative condition.

You can harvest your own ginger and grow them at home! The best time to plant ginger is in the spring. Simply buy some fresh ginger roots at a local grocery store or Asian market. Choose a smooth, shiny looking root that has some buds beginning to form. A mature ginger plant will grow between two to four feet tall. Stems and leaves may reach up to a foot long and resemble those of a lily. Harvest ginger roots can either be stored in a dry cupboard or refrigerated for later use.

Side effects of GINGER

There are few side effects associated with ginger, but you should still be aware of the risks before consuming any herb.

Most of the common side effects associated with ginger occur in the digestive tract, particularly the stomach and intestines. These side effects rarely occur in low doses but are a greater threat as dosage sizes increase. Side effects include heartburn, diarrhea, oral irritations, burping, heartburn and upset stomachs. Many of these side effects can be avoided by taking ginger supplements in capsules, such as enteric-coated capsules, which delay the body’s digestion of the herb until it enters the digestive tract.

Ginger can prevent blood-clotting in the circulatory system by preventing platelets to clump together. While the number of instances where this has occurred is unknown, it is nonetheless advised by medical experts that individuals avoid taking ginger if they are taking any blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or warfarin. You may also consider talking to a health care professional about the possible interactions between ginger and blood-thinning medications and take ginger according to doctor’s orders.

While ginger is recommended to help treat nausea related to pregnancy, pregnant or nursing women are advised to take no more than one gram of the herb daily. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, this is enough to effectively treat the nausea without posing any health problems to your child.

As far as ginger’s effects on the cardiovascular system, according to the National Institutes on Health, ginger may cause changes in the heart’s rhythm, although research definitively confirming this side effect is lacking. Ginger may also cause fluctuations in one’s blood pressure.

There are some dangers of using too much ginger. In order to best avoid toxic side effects, try to consume ginger less than three times in a day. According to MedlinePlus, a medical service of the National Institutes on Health, ginger can interact with numerous other drugs. Antacids can be affected by ginger, which may stimulate the stomach’s production of acid. Ginger can affect medications for the heart, antihistamines, cancer treatments and weight loss drugs.

Sources: University of Maryland Medical Center, Medline Plus, HealthDiaries.com, WHFoods.com, HerbWisdom.com


70 Responses so far.

  1. tope adesodun says:

    thank you very much for this write up. With this, im going to be taking it for the cure of severe menstrual cramp which has made me undergone surgery two times now with a lot of monthly medications. I pray that ginger will work for me. God bless you.

    • chetty says:

      My dear you need it. It helped me a lot. Just peel the back,grind it and boil then allow it to settle,add honey and drink. Do that twice a day from when your period starts to the last day.it will help

    • Valentina says:

      Acupuncture can do wonders too. I just fell over your comment and saw you suffer from menstrual cramps.. Try to visit an acupuncture clinic near you !

  2. Tahir Hameed Ch says:

    it is very useful information

  3. mahadi says:

    Thanks for your nice post.

  4. Danny says:

    Our body can get a lot of health benefits from drinking ginger tea and losing weight is one of them too.

  5. Gerri Nichols says:

    I started taking a small amount of ginger powder mixed with tsp of honey and fresh lemon juice in a small amount of warm water,after taking this for three mornings I broke out in a rash on my arms,back and thighs can this be a side effect,the itching is severe. I have stopped but it appeared to help my asthma and energy but need to know if the rash and itching is from the ginger because when taking the mixture w/o ginger there were no problems.

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Hello Gerri,
      If taking the ginger powder seems to bring about the skin irritations, discontinue use. Every “body” reacts to different foods and supplements differently. I am curious to see where the ginger powder is manufactured (country and brand) and if it is organic or not. I would suggest you to use fresh ginger root (thinly sliced) instead of the ginger root. See if that helps. Good Luck.

    • bunmi says:

      You may be reacting to the honey. Some people react to honey after a while. I only use honey on my skin but dare not take it orally.

  6. Johnny says:

    My girlfriend had a severe flu illness could barely talk and bad coughing. I made her a hot cup of apple juice with a teaspoon of fresh ground ginger root 1 tablespoon of fresh honey 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Within about 15 mins her coughing subsided and she felt much better. Her voice returned in about an hour. I started drinking the same mixture as soon as some cold symptoms appeared and never got sick .it stopped the cold dead…..what a great remedy

  7. Jenn says:

    How much is too much ginger? If you had a piece of fresh ginger root, how long of a piece would be too much to juice for tea?

    • Nanker says:

      excellent question that never seems ti get answered. I too would like to know as I drink 3-4 liters of ginger tea [ginger steeped in hot water] throughout the day and use the leftover flesh, no longer so pungent or firm in my smoothie mix. I feel like I ingest a lot of ginger, but so far without any incident of side effects after several weeks. So yeah, good question: how much is a lot of ginger?

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Each and every “body” is different. Body doshas and make ups as well as intestinal condition, ethnicity and body make up history all are in consideration when answering this question. The best is to chart your daily intake and how you feel and body reacts. If you are beginning to see stomach pains, heartburn, and increase in hypertension or nausea, lessen your intake. Biofeedback and body awareness at its best.

    • louis says:

      That’s the same question that I had

  8. butterfly333 says:

    I just tried the ginger root tea tonight. I had the flu last week and I took Tamiflu 5 days. I initially went to visit the doctor bc I though I had a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) Both tests came back negative, but, the Dr. said she thought the flu test was false negative. So, here I am a week later and I was having severe lower pain. I kept telling her how bad I was cramping inside. So, I went to another Dr. yesterday and we did a urinary test and it came back with leukocytes and protein, so, I am taking Cipro now. When I woke up this morning I raised up to get out of bed and was having excruciating pain in my lower abdomen. I had to take a 3rd urine specimen to the lab for a urine culture. I felt like nobody was hearing what I was saying and how bad the pain was hurting me. I was considering going to ER. I spoke with a friend and she told me to go get some ginger and cut a piece off about 1/2 size of your thumb, and then boil some h2o and drink ginger tea 3x a day. My pain had spread all the way up to below my ribcage. I was really getting concerned. I did as she suggested and the pain is all gone except for the lower left region. I am so thankful. I can’t believe how fast it worked to give me relief from the pain. I think because I got a false reading on the 1st urinary sample a week ago that it caused me to be in so much pain from the spreading infection. I hope and pray I wake up tomorrow and all pain will be gone, but at least I can go to sleep and not worry. I am going to be drinking ginger tea 3x day for a very long time. Thank God for Ginger! It works!

  9. Marc says:

    I’m a gingerholic to say the least, I love ginger! However I did notice that the side effects only seem to occur when you take meds. Therefore I think it might be a great idea, to take Ginger to prevent any illnesses. I juice probably too much ginger each morning and I’ve never felt better in my whole life!

  10. Sue says:

    Chinese medical doctor and herbalist told me to make ginger tea with hot water and a slice of fresh ginger. It has been wonderful. Do not make it too strong at first then you can increase the slices if you like.

  11. Michelle says:

    As long as you are not on any medications, I’ve never seen any side effects of large ginger dosages other than a bit of heartburn and/or slight diahrreah. Adding it to your juicing recipes is always a plus! And if you have a cold, I personally swear by hot ginger tea with honey 😉

  12. A Muppidathi says:

    Kindly intimate me that I have used a ginger tea in daily morning time. This is good for my health or otherwise. So that I may be followed otherwise I dis- continue the same.

  13. Love says:

    I have been on ginger drink for quiet some time. Now i am pregnant one month gone, in noticed when i drink the fresh ginger mashed in my tea i feel relaxed and feel very good. I am also want to belive that with time the headach will stop. Not too bad anyway. Waiting for an answer.

    • carol says:

      You need IRON in reference to headaches. I NEVER had a headache in my life until I became pregnant. Doctor said IRON/ferrous sulfate. Immediate cure. Now I always remind my headache prone daughters to take a little extra iron the week of the their menstrual cycles. I have also told long timeheadache sufferers. If tylenol does not help take an iron tablet. It’s a miracle!

  14. Joann says:

    I love Ginger, with or without honey. I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my shoulders, possibly Arthritis, which make it hard to sleep at night. I drink Ginger tea and my shoulders do not hurt at night. However, I do take medication for Extreme Hypertension and Aspirin. I have been reading more about Ginger and have decided to drink it only in the evening. Yogi makes Ginger tea in bags and it is very good.
    Thank you so much for this information.

  15. Mak says:

    I have been taking fresh ginger root which helped me earlier but now it is not working as it used to for acid reflux or heartburn, My dosage was 3 times a day!

    Can anyone suggest what to do in this situation !

  16. Mark says:

    I am from the Uk but live in Hong Kong with my wife who is HK Chinese. I have started drinking ginger tea in the morning – my mother in law drinks it every day and looks fantastic for her age (ok it might be here Asian genes!). However the Chinese make one thing about ginger very clear – it is good for you taken in the morning but bad for you at night. I think this might have to do with the fact it heats up the body and the body should cool down to sleep better. I used to be very cynical about the hot cold Chinese way of seeing the body but as I say my mother in law (around 60 yrs old , I don’t ask!) looks great and rarely gets ill.

  17. Max SINGH says:

    I quitted smoking and was told by a friend to suck slices of dry ginger, to stop the cigarette craving, it helped I quitted, but I think I now have heartburn and burping issues, too much ginger

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Congrats on quitting smoking. Too much of anything is not good. Try instead to alter the behavior of oral fixation with something that is done with the mind. Perhaps meditation, journaling or body movement? This will train the brain and body to reach for something else when cravings augment. Chewing gum is good, or drinking a tall glass of warm lemon water.

  18. I want to know if ginger can cause hypertension ? Or if it is contraindicated in hypertensive patients?

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      There has been some research that points to a few herbs that can cause a slight elevation in hypertension at the beginning of the use of herbs in a daily routine. Ginger, Ma-Huang, Licorice and Ginseng are among the few. More research needs to be done to take this claim, but it is important to note that every “body” is different and you should use and introduce herbs into your daily routine with awareness and caution. For most people, ginger is very beneficial in moderate amounts.

    • larry clark says:

      All the research I’ve read says Ginger can lower blood pressure. Not sure where Dr Nancy getting her info.

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Every BODY is different and may respond to foods and supplements differently. Perhaps ginger is indeed helpful for blood pressure maintenance, but the part I talk about blood pressure is under possible side effects of ginger. I have listed the sources in which I accumulated the facts for this topic. The National Institute of Health provided the bit about blood pressure. Thanks for reading, Larry.

  19. kman says:

    I always hated ginger as a flavoring in meals and my wife loves it in the food. So we compromised and she uses larger pieces so I can remove them. I always end up with them in my bowl…
    But we tried raw ginger and raw tumeric as a tea at night and I love the tea. We use a thumb size of both, shred the root, boil water, then add the tumeric and ginger and turn off the heat right when the roots are added. Let it sit for 3 minutes, add in a few drops of our favorite extracts (houttunyia, enula, black walnut, samento) and let sit for a minute. Then enjoy. it is amazing. It reduces swelling throughout my body, reduces any rashes and helps me have deep sleep. We try to make sure that the heat is turned off as soon as the roots hit the water to reduce loss of the nutrients.

  20. Liz says:

    I drink about a tablespoon of ground ginger mixed with Irish tea, orange tea ,ground cloves and creamer about five to six times per day. So I am getting roughly six tablespoons of ginger or more per day. It has become an addiction. I feel great. My blood pressure runs lower than it use to which is a good thing. My blood sugar levels are great. Only twice did I have a day where I had a funny taste in my mouth. I have not had any diarrhea or heartburn. I have done this for about two years. I do worry sometimes that I take too much ginger but I am so hooked. On the days I get a funny taste in my mouth I simply drink a cup less. I have severe GERD and take Nexium and the ginger does not seem to change anything.

    The Cancer Society recently announced that ginger has cured two types of cancer. I take ginger and turmeric daily for my health.

  21. Berry says:

    Ginger, Garlic, lemon, apple cyder juice & honey good for
    1) diabetes patients
    2) endometrium cancer survival?..
    1) after taking these i feel my body very hot

  22. Lu says:

    6 months ago I had a fall and sustained an occipital parietal skull fracture and had loss of memory of the event, and was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post concussion syndrome. I have loss of smell and taste and have memory issues but the headaches have been ongoing since the injury. While my docs have been awesome, prescribing the usual medications, this goes without side effects. I started drinking ginger tea with and without honey, went to the local health food store and got ginger chews, ginger root that I put in orange cranberry smoothies made with frozen oranges and cranberries, no added sugar and drink in the mornings. I also got ginger oil and ginger beer, it is non alcoholic. I have been headache free for 3 days, ever since I started with Ginger. It has been wonderful to not have a headache for 3 days. I know that everyone responds differently but I will be sure to let my Docs know about this, and hopefully they can recommend it to others. Acupuncture and cranial sacral therapy and massage are other treatments I have tried and do help but unfortunately only for a short time, for me less than 24 hours. I am so thankful for discovering this benefit of Ginger!

  23. Tony says:

    Took ginger as a remedy for persistant nasal congestion. Took it literally in the nose as a whole piece….was very discomforting…took for only 2-5 minutes. Over a week did it a total of three times. Congestion almost gone!!! This congestion had lasted for 5 months. Also ate chunks of ginger root and it got rid of my swollen stomach….unreal!

  24. Janna says:

    I’m reluctant to reveal my ginger consumption levels- but realized people want and need to know to compare their own use against. I’m 48. 124 lbs at 5 ‘5″. I have to consume ginger daily or i dont feel right. My consumption involves buying a large root section which I peel and slice thinly- then boil for about 45 min adding more water as it boils down. I add white sugar- 1/3 cup and 3 scoops country time lemonaid mix. Prior to adding the lemonaid – the water looks deep gold. I pour mixture including slices , over a pitcher full of ice cubes. I scoup about half the ginger slices out (1.5 cups) into a blender with more ice cubes and add some of the ‘tea’ water. Plend until smooth and pour back with rest of the mixture. In this way when I drink it- im drinking the pulp as well. As i drink glasses of it -i fill it back up with water. Just sitting in the fridge -the root continues to weep into the water. When the pulp runs out of the mix- i put the remaining slices thru blender. I consume one entire large root cluster every 5 days. Thats 18 measuring cups of raw ginger if it had been thru a food processer. No side effects. My body craves it so much – I question what its after. Over consumption of any unusual food is often caused by the body tryingbto compensate for something its failing to produce. I have 2 pancreas. No organ aging/ Deterioration(inside i’m 20yr old). The lining of my veins remains a perfect separate flawless hairline. Did ginger do this? Thats unknown. What matters is there is no detectable damage from my excessive consumption. ****Warning*** candied ginger dissolves your teeth. Do not nibble on pieces of it all day. Acid +sugar is worst possible combo. Powdered ginger lacks the desired health properties. Hope this info is useful. Ive been consuming ginger like this for over 20 years.

    • mike says:

      I think what your body is craving is sugar. From what you describe, you are ingesting an incredible amount of sugar every day along with your ginger.

    • Godfrey Lumsden says:

      I thought I was the only one who consume so much ginger, I have drank ginger as a tea for since I was a boy, ( I am now well into my 70’s ) but for the better part of this year I have increased my intake, first I drank the package ginger, then I started to blend ginger and boil it, then add lemon juice to it. and keep adding more water, then when its strength is lessen i consume the pulp, then a couple of months ago I stop drinking it, I now peel a large root and slice it into small squares about a 1/4 inch and eat it, I eat the small pieces so it does not overwhelm the saliva and burn my tongue.
      I consume between four to five pounds a week. I am also on blood thinner, heart medications, cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication, and prostate medication, I have never felt so much better in quite a few years.
      I don’t recommend using ginger and taking medicine.

  25. Paul Sober says:

    I’m adding it to my monthly enzyme smoothies after discovering that the raw root is packed with beneficial enzymes. Excellent!

  26. Maggie LObo says:

    I juice 1 kg of ginger root which yields 750 ml of juice and then i mix it with 200 ml honey and refrigerate and drink it i.e at a time 125 ml and Ifeel good . I am a severe asthmatic. My husband says that he has observed a drop in my asthma attacks since I started taking this drink.

  27. Christina says:

    I just made 2 cups of ginger tea, grating about an inch sized pieced of ginger and steeping it for 10 minutes. I added. Tablespoon of honey. I’m drinking it at 7:15 pm. The taste is wonderful with a slight tingle at the back of my throat. I’m hoping for no side effects. Body warmth won’t bother me as I’m prone to hot flashes. Hoping my hubby will try some( he has a cold). Appreciate any comments.

    • Carina D says:

      Persuade your hubble to have some with a small total of whisky. It will lessen his snoring, if he snores ! !

  28. Ali says:

    I peal about one inch of ginger and cut it to small pieces put it in sank zipper back and take with me to work I chew it and I take with water after two weeks your get use to it The mean reason I take because I take medaction and it make constipation so the ginger make my digestion easy.

  29. chipe says:

    Does ginger eliminates fibroid? Pls tell me how to go about it

    • itee says:

      Ginger Compress – This method stimulates blood and body fluid circulation, helps loosen and dissolve toxic matter eg. cysts, tumors. Place about a handful of coarsely grated ginger in a cloth and squeeze out the ginger juice into a pot containing 4 liters of hot water (do not boil the water). Dip a towel into the ginger water and wring it out. Apply very hot to the affected area.

      Since fibroid is a tumor I feel ginger can help if applied the right way.

    • Mayan says:

      try organic unsulfured black strap molasses, 1 tbsp dissolved in 1 cup of warm water, drink it 3x a day. it helped shrink my fibroid.

  30. Abdus Salam says:

    I am taking raw ginger and getting a good result bodily.

  31. Tringo Gebre says:

    I have bad acid reflection and hurt burn I started drinking Ginger Tea(make by my self boiling water with fresh slice Ginger) I got an excellent result.

  32. Wim Hengelmolen says:

    Drinking Ginger tea is in my family well-known for fever and colds. but recently I found relieve from my severe asthma, I used inhalers ventolin about 10 capsules a day, for more then 30 years, since starting drinking ginger tea I decreased using ventolin , and found more easy breathing since a week a totally stopped taking ventolin, it’s amazing.

  33. Lily says:

    After taking ginger and garlic i started bleeding. And it has not stop till now. Can any body help me out. I want the bleeding to stop

  34. nicole says:

    How many cup a day can I drink the ginger tea? Please reply

  35. Tina Hagenbuch says:

    I have gastro paresis. I have been eating a gastro diet for months with weight loss and severe pain. The promise of medication in clinical trials was my only hope. I have had internal botox injections done during an EGD. I was told there was only a 40% chance of it working but with the weight loss I was going to need tube feeding or consider a gastric pacemaker. I was researching homeopathic remedies and came across an article written by Dr Andrew Weil. I purchased Ginger root at my local health food store. I took 2 capsules totaling 1000mg and a half hour later I threw caution to the wind and ate my forst solid food in months. I kept my meal down and I have no pain I have not been pain free in months. I took another dose of ginger root 1/2 hour before I consumed lunch. I still have NO PAIN and have kept my food down. I am taking this hour by hour but eating withput apin and keeping it down has been like Christmas come early.

  36. Lourdu S Raj says:

    i take a few drops of ginger with drinking coffee; Is it healthy or unhealthy ?

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      I think that sounds fine….and delicious. Harmless Harvest adds Raw Coconut Water to Cold Brew Organic Coffee. It’s delicious. I am sure ginger will be too.

  37. R.N.Lalingkar says:

    I am 78 years old and since past two years I am taking tea, twice a day, in the morning two cups and one cup afternoon, with grated ginger put while the water is boiling. Are there any bad side effects, especially boils appearing on skin?

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      The boils may be a result of something else. Too much of a good thing can be bad. Try cycling on and off of ginger tea every 7 days. Have your tea once a day for a week and then give your body a break from them. See if that helps.

  38. I have been suffering from Acidity, Gastric concern diseases since last 5 years & using various antacids formulated medicines continuously. but using ginger with salt after food every day twice 100% cured from suffering Acidity & Gastric etc

  39. I just started taking ginger for R.A. pain and energy. Hope it works!! I have Low blood sodium and hope it does not affect that. I am so–very tired all the time and my friend said she takes ginger and feels 20 years younger!! I am 61 years old. I sure am looking forward to the energy she has!!! 🙂

  40. Carina D says:

    I take ginger steeped, simmered in water, added to honey and lemon juice nightly and have done for the past 5 days. I have found that sinuses are clearer, cattarh has just about gone and breathing is so much easier. My husband whose snoring was enough to wake the neighbours, now just purrs. ! His breathing is much better and so therefore he is sleeping so much better. Bonus is that he doesn’t keep me awake with his snoring.

    As a hot toddy for a cold it works well with a total of whisky or brandy ……………..

    Having read a lot of the comments here I am less concerned about how much ginger is too much.

    You can peel , slice and freeze your ginger and you will always have a ready supply. After simmering the softened ginger can be used in cooking, baking , smoothies, or making your own crystallised ginger for an extra treat.

  41. Anne says:

    I have been slicing a knob of ginger and putting manuka honey and the juice of one lemon in a carafe of water which I heat in the microwave. I let it sit for an hour and drink it throughout the day. U also add a green tea bag.

    Have arthritis and possibly pre diabetic. That and cetyl meristolate seem to control my arthritic pains especially getting up which used to be painful.

    My only concern right now is that it might be contaminated with lead, so I am cutting back on the amount of ginger I put into my water mixture. Chinese products, such as Tumeric have been cited for their lead content.

    Has any ginger been cited?

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      I would use organic and USA based (or trusted source) of any brand of food product or supplement. Try alkalizing your diet and reducing the inflammation (stress, as well) from the inside out. Body movement is important too. A lot of times, arthritis is exacerbated by the acidity in our life. Try soaking in Epson salt bath and having a room temperature green juice daily.

  42. Anne says:

    Also am 81 and constantly told how young and vibrant I look.

    I do try to do what is healthy, though haven’t paid attention to looks until lately I decided it was time to do so.

    I also use the lemon on my face, and it seems to be fading an age spot I developed within 2 weeks. 81

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      Wonderful! Keep doing what you are doing! Having people in your life that spark joy and things to do that keep you purposeful and fulfilled is key!

  43. Jaypax says:

    Very helpful article. I take ginger as shots, chased by a slice of orange. This is pure ginger juice extracted from the root using a juicer. I believe it is a very good way fo taking ginger (not for the faint hearted) but it would be interesting to know what is too much! On a shoot my co-director and I can have as much as four shots in a day – normal size shot glasses.

  44. Gina says:

    Please i really want to Know the quantity of ginger and lemon tea i have to take inorder to loss

    • Dr. Nancy says:

      These two are great additions to a healthy, balanced and holistic life style. Drink more water than you think you need, move your body most days of the week, find time to do what makes your soul happy and eat fresh foods, mostly plants.

  45. Patricia PooPoo Pants says:

    perhaps someone here can make a suggestion. I have explosive/projectile diarrhea, and have had it for many years. I was told that ginger was helpful. All the drugs my doctor has tried did not work. Does anyone else have this problem?

    I learned years ago what happens if you are very unlucky at a public event, and it was humiliating, messy, and traumatic, so I seldom leave home now. I am tired of the nick-name Patricia Poo Poo Pants.

    One person advised me not to take ginger, and that it would make it worse. Yet another individual, said the complete opposite.


  46. Amrita banerjee says:

    Am a diabdtic.I take diabetic drugs along witj bp,and cholostdol medications as well.I hAve started hVing ACV along with leml n juice and one tablespoon of ginger juice once a day.My query is will ginger react with my medications?

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