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Ginger

For a powerful kick, just add ginger.

What It Is:

A flowering plant that originated from China. Ginger is commonly used in Asian or Indian cuisine and boasts several medicinal properties. This delicious spice is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric, and is commonly produced in India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia. It can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried or in oil form.

What It Does:

Ginger has been used for its health benefits for centuries. It is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This superfood is effective in fighting the cold and flu, as well as nausea, and has been especially helpful for pregnant mothers experiencing morning sickness or cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It is said that this powerful ingredient also decreases the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, while also alleviating digestive issues and menstrual pain, just to name a few.

Why I Love It:

Whenever anyone is starting to feel sick in my house, we either make Grace's sick tea or—for a really bad sore throat—we make straight ginger tea, where you just boil some ginger in water and add honey and lemon. It is so strong. When I was pregnant, I would drink ginger ale at all times when I felt nauseous. It's such a natural miracle worker, and I love the yummy zest that it adds to any recipe!

Photography by Ivan Solis for Kourtney Kardashian