Native to southern Asia, ginger has been used as a spice for thousands of years. Ginger belongs to a group of flowering plants called Zingiberaceae. The term “ginger” or “ginger root” typically refers to the part of the plant called a rhizome, a kind of stem that grows underground. The ginger root is closely related to other spices such as turmeric, cardamom and galangal, though ginger may be the most popular in terms of its use for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Commonly known as a digestive aid, ginger is also excellent at relieving muscular aches, fatigue, congestion and nausea. It is a staple in Asian cuisine. The fresh ginger root can be used to make an aromatic tea. Ginger, both in its powdered or fresh state, is often added to foods and beverages, providing a distinct peppery flavor as well as health benefits. Ginger is antioxidant, analgesic, antiseptic, antibacterial and aphrodisiac.

Benefits of Ginger for Skin:

  • Cleansing and soothing. Ginger contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties that promote effective cleansing in the skin. This results in skin that is smoother, cleaner and more radiant.
  • Anti-inflammatory and healing. This powerful plant possesses incredible anti-inflammatory properties which make it perfect for supporting healing and pain relief in multiple areas of the body. For instance, inflammatory skin conditions, arthritis, pain, swelling and sore muscles. A study even suggests that ginger aids in relieving muscle pain caused by exercise.
  • Fragrant scent with antihistamine properties. The ginger root contains antihistamine properties and provides a distinct, refreshing aroma. When applied to the skin, it leaves a long-lasting, fresh scent while clearing the respiratory airways.
  • Anti-aging. Ginger is said to contain more than 40 antioxidants! With such a vast supply of powerful compounds, it’s no surprise that the ginger root may be an effective anti-aging ingredient. That’s because antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging your skin cells, thus protecting skin from premature aging.
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