How to Make Ginger Garlic Paste

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Home remedies like ginger garlic paste can be incredibly helpful for a number of ailments and can be consumed in various ways. Before you use this powerful substance, however, it is best to understand how to make it, as well as the potential benefits it may have.

What is Ginger Garlic Paste?

Ginger garlic paste is composed of two of the most powerful natural healing agents in the world – ginger and garlic. By blending these two ingredients with a bit of olive oil in a food processor, you can create a nutrient-dense paste that can be topically applied or consumed orally. Used for generations in traditional medical practices in China and India, ginger garlic paste is growing in popularity in other parts of the world, due to its wide range of potential health benefits.

Ginger Garlic Paste Health Benefits

The most impressive effects of ginger garlic paste include its effects on inflammatory conditions, cancer risk, high cholesterol, poor digestion, high blood pressure, and nausea, among others.

Lowers Inflammation

Both ginger and garlic are directly linked to pain relief and lowered levels of inflammation, including symptoms originating from headaches, migraines, arthritis, stomach upset, injuries, and surgical recovery.

Reduces LDL Cholesterol

Both of these ingredients have been shown to reduce serum cholesterol levels in the body, which can help to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, while also lowering your risk of coronary heart diseases.

Aids Digestion

If you are experiencing indigestion, nausea, inflammation in your gut, acid reflux, cramping or bloating, the combination of these two powerhouse ingredients can quickly relieve your symptoms. This is also an effective remedy for nausea, primarily due to the effects of ginger.

Prevents Cancer

Garlic and ginger both have powerful antioxidants as active ingredients that reduce the effects of free radicals and prevent oxidative stress, which lowers your risk for chronic diseases, such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, heart diseases, and arthritis.

Ginger Garlic Paste Uses

There are quite a few different uses for garlic paste, including in your food, orally, or as a topical application.

Culinary Use

Ginger garlic paste is most commonly used in culinary applications, and can be added to desserts for a spicy, savory bite, used to brew a powerful tea, or added to stir-fries for a healthy boost. It is also a great addition to marinades for different meat dishes.

Oral Consumption

Although the taste is extremely concentrated, some people choose to take small amounts of this paste and eat it directly, particularly for stomach upset and respiratory problems.

Topical Application

You can apply the ginger garlic paste to sore muscles and joints, especially if you suffer from joint disorders or osteoarthritis.

How to make Ginger Garlic Paste?

Making your own ginger garlic paste at home is easier than you might think, and only requires fresh ginger, fresh garlic, olive oil, and a food processor!

Step 1 – Wash 2 inches of ginger (peeled) and 6 cloves of garlic thoroughly.

Step 2 – Dry both the ginger and garlic fully, leaving as little moisture as possible.

Step 2 – Slice the ginger and garlic into smaller pieces and add them to a food processor.

Step 3 – Add 1/2 cup of olive oil to the food processor and blend for 30 seconds.

Step 4 – Swirl the blended mixture, ensuring that chunks of ginger and garlic are mixed properly.

Step 5 – Blend again, then store for use!

How to store Ginger Garlic Paste?

Once you make your own ginger garlic paste, it is important to store it somewhere safe where it will remain usable and potent for an extended period of time. Due to the possibility of both ginger and garlic going bad, be sure to store the paste in an airtight container, and place it in the coldest area of your refrigerator. Avoid storing it on the doors of the fridge, as this spot doesn’t get as cold, and will reduce the time before the paste breaks down.

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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