The Health Benefits of Ginger and Golden Milk Explained!

The Health Benefits of Ginger Explained

Ginger is a staple ingredient in Eastern medical teachings. Not just Chinese, mind you, but also in India and other regions and nearby islands. The thing with the ginger root is that it contains gingerol – the name given to a group of strong phytochemicals which are present in ginger. Whether fresh or dried, chopped or minced, the ginger root retains its most important properties. Depending on the method of preparation and use, those ingredients become stronger or weaker, and facilitate one action or another.

As for health benefits – let’s go to the source of it all. In traditional Chinese medicine, the stomach is known as the Sea of Chi. In other words, it is a vast area of concentrated energy, swirling with activity. It is a place where food and drink are separated, broken down into finer elements, and sent to various locations around the body in order to sustain it and keep it running smoothly.

The ginger root is widely known as a stimulant of the digestive system. It doesn’t create anything new, mind new, but rather helps the body achieve that which is already in motion, and that which it does naturally.

Ginger is used to lower blood pressure, to prevent motion sickness and vomiting, to encourage the secretion of digestive juices and saliva, and to increase the appetite. By the way, it has been said that dried ginger actually tends to increase blood pressure, so keep that in mind.

This root is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent, and it does so by employing the use of protein-breaking enzymes. Ginger is also said to lower fever, provide pain relief, and assist in the regulation of proper cellular activity. Free radicals, for instance, are at its mercy, due to the content of antioxidants in the root.

People use ginger as a spice in their diet, and that is a wonderful way of going about it. The best thing about traditional medicine is that it acts first and foremost as a way of life, rather than a reactive treatment. By using ginger on a regular basis, you can fortify your physical and spiritual self, increase productivity, and be a better you. A healthy mind in a healthy body.

Dosage: for adults, the recommended dosage is between 2-4 grams daily, spread out across the day in 2-3 portions. In this way, you gain maximum effects. Remember that nothing is an absolute. Listen to your body, and consult your GP if needed.

The Health Benefits of Golden Milk Explained

The two main ingredients of golden milk are turmeric powder and coconut oil. Half a teaspoonful of black pepper is often added to the mix, in order for the turmeric to be better absorbed in your system. The benefits of turmeric are many and varied, and coconut and pepper are not too bad either. These all come together to make golden milk. By the way – if you can, always go organic.

Let’s discuss some of the aspects of this liquid, and its claim to fame.

First off, it acts as a natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent. It works with the body’s natural processes, and helps to flush out any toxins and harmful micro-organisms which may be threatening your system. There are plenty of antioxidants there, too, which facilitate healthier cellular activity.

This golden brew has the potential to increase brain activity, to lower blood pressure, decrease the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol, and regulate operation of the digestive system and the body’s healthy metabolism.

Obviously, this is not a one-size-fits-all type of herb. It is indeed a wondrous plant, but it is by no means some kind of ‘miracle cure’ which heals you from any ailment overnight. It doesn’t work that way.

What it does do, is work alongside the body. It helps it to achieve its goals and to strengthen its defenses. It aids in the body’s ongoing processes, which means that its success – i.e. providing you with all of those aforementioned benefits – greatly depends on your current diet, lifestyle, and general well-being, as well as your genetic makeup.

Some of those factors are under your control, and some are not. Either way, golden milk is one way to begin incorporating a healthier option into your everyday choice of beverages. It doesn’t take long to make, it doesn’t take a toll on your routine, and the rewards which are in store are great.

Brace yourselves – winter is coming. Interested in building up immunity and feeling better? drinking golden milk can give you a real hand with that task. During the winter, it is undoubtedly one of the best things around. Coffee, tea, and cocoa have their place, sure, but this drink can help prevent the nastiness that comes along with colds, aches, pains, and diseases associated with wintertime. Not every kind of coffee, tea, or cocoa can do that, I’ll tell you. Let thy food be thy medicine.

While you’re here at Planative, learn how to make DIY Cough Drops!

DIY Cough Drops For Health Explained

Mankind has been coughing since… well, forever. Or so it seems. The best remedies to the cough have always been the natural ones. Long before the first pain-killing tablets were ever synthesized in a laboratory, folks were turning to lavender, ginseng, and cannabis for relief.

Obviously, there is a place for western medicine and drugs, but a cough – be it dry, wet, wheezing, or other – usually has its own “personality,” and should be treated as such. I’m not saying don’t get diagnosed and properly treated by your doctor – please do. All I am saying is: don’t run to the pharmacy when you can turn to your cupboard instead.

A variety of natural ingredients exist for treating different types of coughs, but I feel that there is a recipe that would be beneficial for most kinds of coughs and especially the persistent winter cough. Remember that strength and efficiency vary according to condition and sensitivity, so you may need to adjust your amounts and dosage.

DIY Cough Drops Recipe

Ingredients (organic, whenever possible):

  • ½ cup – filtered water (or mineral, if that’s your thing).

  • 1 tspn – turmeric powder.

  • 1 tspn – black pepper (freshly ground).

  • 2 crushed cloves – garlic.

  • Onion juice or hot paprika extract. Start small with these. Don’t overdo it.

  • Honey and apple cider vinegar are also ingredients you can introduce, though these may be better off taken as a standalone syrup, rather than mixed into a comprehensive recipe.

About the ingredients:
These ingredients have been serving mankind since ancient times, and there’s no reason to stop taking advantage of their natural benefits now.

  • Turmeric is especially great with dry coughs. It aids the body in flushing out toxins and harmful bacteria.

  • Black pepper improves the flow of mucus, which is why it would be beneficial for those who are getting over a phlegm-filled cold.

  • Garlic – specifically its powerful aroma – has a way of tapping into the brain’s cough center, not unlike pharmaceutical drugs. It also contains anti-bacterial and antiviral agents which help to mitigate the ongoing cough.
  • Onion Juice – capable of fighting not only throat soreness but chest congestion. Be careful, it is powerful, so adjust your dose accordingly.
  • Honey is perhaps the most well-known and most-turned to throat medicine, and for good reason. It is capable of soothing and healing irritated throats. It accomplishes this by drawing the water out of the inflamed tissue in the throat. Tastes pretty good, too.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar boasts medicinal properties which make it impossible for germs to survive the acidic coating it provides. An ideal vinegar to turn to if your sore throat goes beyond mild-to-moderate.

Recipe:

  • Heat water in a small pot.

  • Add all ingredients gradually and stir until unified.

  • Let cool. Store in a tightly closed jar, in the fridge, for up to a week.

Conclusion

Remember, this is meant to end up in a dropper. If you’re going for the full on “drop effect,” use an ice cube tray with small slots and freeze your formula accordingly. Make sure to pay attention to the effect of the drop in order to know whether or not you are in need of more or less treatment!