Ginger is a popular ingredient in cooking and It has also been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes include relieving nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, and pain.

Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice, and is sometimes added to processed foods and cosmetics. It is a very common ingredient in recipes.

Ginger which has also been found to help switch on your body’s heat-production systems, boosting the metabolism as you eat them and afterward.

For a metabolic kick-start first thing: Grate a touch of fresh ginger into a pint of warm water, add a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper as well as the juice of half a lemon (this acts like ‘dishwashing liquid’ on your liver and is great if you have been over-indulging on the alcohol front) and consume before breakfast.

Ginger also calms the stomach, via a chemical ingredient called gingerol which helps with stomach contractions ‘It also relaxes the system generally and is also a good circulatory tonic, says Rick Hay.

One randomised controlled study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine looked at the effects of taking a supplement containing ginger (along with other herbs and fruits) and showed that it reduced the time it took for insomniacs to fall asleep.

Ginger is a great overall tonic for the nervous system too. A 2010 study published in the journal Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry found that ginger might bind to the brain’s serotonin receptor which could have a calming effect on anxiety.

`Serotonin is the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitter,’ explains Hay.

If you’ve eaten a big meal near bed-time, take ginger tea made with half a teaspoon of grated ginger and a cup of water boiled for five minutes for better nighttime digestion and to help sleep.