Ginger has enjoyed a cult-like status as a natural remedy. From ancient Chinese scriptures to traditional Ayurvedic practices, ginger is mentioned everywhere. And for good reason! It’s been proven to treat an upset tummy, a cold, muscle pain, and even lower the risk of heart disease. But if you are still not convinced to use this humble herb, you are missing out on a lot of benefits for your skin and hair. Here’s why you should add ginger to your beauty routine.
1. Slows Down Signs Of Aging
Ginger is packed with anti-aging compounds, especially antioxidants. This is important to prevent any free radical damage and early signs of aging. One particular antioxidant known as gingerol helps to delay the breakdown of collagen.1 Wrinkles and sagging skin are a result of the protein collagen that starts decreasing as we age.
How To: You can rub a sliver of ginger on your face twice a day for 5—6 weeks. Alternatively, you could also drink a cup of hot water, ginger, and honey in the morning to flush out toxins from your body.
2. Reduces Any Discoloration
Do you notice white or light-colored spots on your face? Ginger is an ancient remedy to treat these hypopigmented scars. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, it can even out your tone and improve skin texture.
How To: You can gently press a fresh ginger piece on the light-colored areas for 10 minutes. Another option is to dab a cotton ball in ginger juice and apply it on your face. If you want something a bit stronger, squeeze in a little ginger juice to your regular face mask.
3. Treats Acne
If you are struggling with acne and don’t want to risk irritating your skin with chemical-laden commercial products, turn to the goodness of ginger. It’s full of anti-inflammatory compounds, a reason why it’s great in tackling pimples.2 The juice can reduce any swelling and redness caused by acne. Also, thanks to its antiseptic properties, it can decrease bacteria buildup on your skin and in your pores. Ginger is a great option especially for those with sensitive skin.
How To: You can apply diluted ginger juice directly on your pimples or press a ginger tea bag on the affected areas.
4. Tackles Cellulite
Trust us on this, everyone has cellulite. And while there’s no definite cure for cellulite, ginger can help reduce its appearance. How? Because of its ability to boost blood circulation. Studies reveal cellulite can be caused by a dip in circulation, which in turn can lead to a breakdown of collagen.3
How To: To make a cellulite-busting scrub, mix sugar, olive or almond oil, 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, and lemon juice. Scrub this regularly on your thighs and buttocks during a shower.
5. Promotes Hair Growth
Want long locks but your hair doesn’t seem to be growing beyond a certain point? Ayurveda gurus recommend ginger to get your hair growing. It can stimulate your scalp because of its ability to increase blood circulation.
How To: Add freshly grated ginger to coconut oil or jojoba oil and massage this on your scalp. Let it rest for 30 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo. Do this once a week. Also, try to add a bit of ginger in all your meals for a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals that will eventually nourish your hair as well!
6. Fights Dandruff
Dandruff issue? Ginger’s antiseptic property is just what your hair needs. It cleans your scalp, prevents the growth of yeast or fungus, and reduces any itchiness associated with it.4
How To: Mix ginger pieces with olive oil or sesame oil. Massage it on your hair and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash using a mild shampoo.
Now that are you equipped with the knowledge of how mightly ginger is, always stock your house with ginger!
|↑1||Binic, Ivana, Viktor Lazarevic, Milanka Ljubenovic, Jelena Mojsa, and Dusan Sokolovic. “Skin ageing: natural weapons and strategies.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 (2013).|
|↑2||Mashhadi, Nafiseh Shokri, Reza Ghiasvand, Gholamreza Askari, Mitra Hariri, Leila Darvishi, and Mohammad Reza Mofid. “Anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of ginger in health and physical activity: review of current evidence.” International journal of preventive medicine 4, no. Suppl 1 (2013): S36.|
|↑3||Rawlings, A. V. “Cellulite and its treatment.” International journal of cosmetic science 28, no. 3 (2006): 175-190.|
|↑4||Brandon, Britt. Ginger For Health. Simon and Schuster, 2015.|