As the weather gets colder, ginger root becomes more and more my go to remedy for both health and beauty. Ginger has a wonderful warming property that encourages blood circulation, combats mucus accumulation and aids digestion. It can be used in its fresh form, powder form or infused in oil to balance both Vata (air) and Kapha (earth and water), and revive our weather-worn bodies.
The stimulating action of ginger is excellent for mobilizing fat cells and areas of water-retention to reduce and prevent the appearance of cellulite. When soaking in a hot ginger bath, you can feel this hearty herb doing its work by the intense tingling sensation you will feel. This is also why we have made ginger the primary active ingredient in our Pure + Simple Anti-Cellulite Gel.
In lower concentrations, ginger can also be used on the facial skin in creams and oils for brightness, as increased blood flow eliminates dullness and brings radiance to the complexion. This also makes for excellent anti-aging as one reason for signs of aging is a slowing down of our circulation, cell turnover and metabolism.
Internally, ginger aids weak digestion, gas and bloating and many types of internal congestions (blood clotting, high cholesterol and mucous). Our skin is very influenced by our elimination, and when our digestive system is out of balance, this can translate into breakouts, dehydrated skin and inflammation – making ginger a wonderful support inside and out.
So, if you are feeling like you need to shake up your body, enliven your complexion and settle your stomach, try using a little ginger. This root of hot flavor can re-stimulate your tissues, helping you get back into balance…making you too, feel like hot stuff.