2. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Medicinal Use: GI Issues, Minor Inflammation, Minor Muscle Pain
It’s likely that most of us used medicinal plants like Ginger when we were sick and did not even know it. Do you remember drinking Ginger Ale when you were sick as a kid? Clearly, Ginger can help with nausea and soreness as well as some muscle pain and inflammation. It can even help with indigestion and other minor gastrointestinal ailments.
A major bioactive substance in Ginger, known as Gingerol, has been shown to be effective at fighting some infections. There has been evidence to support that it stops some bacteria, especially when it comes to the gums. Fresh Ginger has also shown some success in fighting the RSV Virus too. However, there is no proof that it can help with any brain disorders or diseases.