Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been found to be even more effective than the leading anti-nausea medicine, Dramamine, for curing sickness. When it comes to motion sickness, morning sickness, or just down-right queasiness, ginger root can settle your senses without overwhelming you with drowsiness.
As a dietary aid, ginger warms the digestion organs. This energetic sensation stimulates digestive secretions and increases the production of amylase, an enzyme formed in your salivary glands. This increase in enzymatic activity assists with the breakdown of starch and fat from the diet.
Ginger is also a highly effective anti-inflammatory, making it an excellent addition to your diet if dealing with issues ranging from arthritis to sore muscles after exercise. It has also been shown to be especially helpful for period pain (also called dysmenorrhea).
It can be used alone or in conjunction with other herbs to help reduce the symptoms of colds & flus by fighting infections in the upper respiratory system and helping you to break a sweat. It also eases muscle tension that is often associated with the flu virus.