Ginger, with its strong and spicy aroma, has its own place in Filipino cuisine. It may be used fresh or dried, powdered or pickled or in the form of juice or oil. Ginger tea, the classic Filipino household favorite also known as ‘Salabat‘, is the most commonly used form given every time someone catches a cold or have an upset stomach.
Spicy, zesty and warm, ginger is a natural anti-nausea remedy, has anti-inflammatory properties and may help boost immunity by causing us to sweat.
According to the site World’s Healthiest Foods, studies show ginger seems to help people with arthritis. In other studies from the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan, ginger contains substances that also help protect against colorectal and ovarian cancers. And ginger’s ability to induce us to sweat helps fight flu and cold.