5 Health Reasons To Eat Ginger And Easy Ways To Grow It At Home

Date November 29, 2017

Zingiber Officinale, or Ginger, as it is commonly known, is a potent herb used to complement to various food dishes - more commonly in sushi, herbal drinks or tea.

Getting ginger from a local grocery can be a bit of a risk at times, as there's no way to be certain it isn't covered in pesticides, which you don't want swimming around in your body.

Luckily, ginger can be grown at home, requires little maintenance and can be harvested all year round. If you're interested in growing ginger in your home, there are just 2 major things you'll need.

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What You Need To Grow Ginger At Home

First, you're going to need a ginger root. These are usually available at nurseries, garden centers or seed companies. Also, if you know someone who has a ginger plant, a cut from this will do. Just make sure you get one that's plumpy, and not shriveled or dry.

You also need to get a wide, shallow pot. Ginger roots grow horizontally so ensure you get a pot that can accommodate it as it grows.

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Growing Ginger At Home

  1. First, you need to soak the ginger roots overnight in warm water to prepare it for planting. Fill the pot with well-draining, rich potting soil.
  2. Next, you place the ginger root with the eye bud pointing upwards in the soil, covering it with 1-2 inches of soil and water lightly. Then place the pot in a spot in your home that gets reasonably warm but doesn't receive too much sunlight.
  3. Keep the soil moist, watering it with a spray bottle if possible. Be careful not to over water it.

Ginger takes long to grow, however, in about 2-3 weeks, you should see a few shoots budding from the root.

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Harvesting Ginger

3-4 months after the ginger begins to grow, you can harvest parts of it. Simply pull aside some of the soil at the edges of the pot to reveal the roots and cut out the quantity you need. Then cover it again and allow it to grow back.

As long as you take good care of your ginger plant, you can continue harvesting ginger from it like this, for a long time - almost forever.

Health Benefits Of Ginger

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  1. Ginger is highly medicinal because it contains Gingerol, a substance with great medicinal properties. Among others, here are a few things ginger can be used for.
  2. It can be used to treat several forms of nausea including morning sickness in pregnant women, nausea after surgery and chemotherapy-related nausea.
  3. Ginger can improve heart disease risk factors and lower blood sugar level.
  4. It can be used to reduce muscle pain and soreness as it has been found to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pains.
  5. For those who suffer from chronic indigestion, ginger can be found to be very helpful as well. It can help with osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory effects.

These and more are enough reasons for you to consider growing ginger at home.

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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.