Ginger is the root of the Zingiber officinale, a plant found in Asia, Africa, India and the Caribbean. Especially popular as a spice in Chinese and Indian cooking, ginger is also an effective food preservative, and can kill salmonella in food. In traditional medicine, ginger is used as a sedative, a pain reliever, a remedy for colds and flu, and to relieve stomach upset. Ginger has even been shown to kill skin cancer and ovarian cancer cells.
Ginger to Relieve Sore Throat
- Steep 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger in one cup boiling water to make tea. Strain, sweeten with honey if desired, and drink 2-3 times daily.
Why It Works
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, and relieves the discomfort of a sore throat. Its natural antibacterial properties can also help eliminate the bacteria responsible for the sore throat.
Do not take ginger if you suffer from gallstones, as it may increase the production of bile. Large quantities of ginger may cause heartburn, nausea, and intestinal blockage. Tell your doctor if you are taking ginger while on blood-thinning medication. Please contact your healthcare provider if your sore throat does not improve within 24-48 hours, as this may be a sign of serious illness.