Galangal (Kaempferia galanga) is one herb that has been widely known in South Asia and Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, this plant is also known as kencur. Maybe some of you even already know. This herb has been widely used in various foods or as a spice cook.
Galangal root is known as one of the kitchen spices. Also, galangal is also known as an ingredient in traditional medicine. The following review is just to explore further what precisely the benefits of galangal root and what makes galangal water that has a distinctive aroma have many health benefits.
The main secret of galangal lies in the sap that is rich in several types of compounds and essential oils. There are more than 20 compounds in galangal that claimed to give health benefits. Some traditional beauty care techniques also use the benefits of galangal as a raw material.
Galangal water usually used as a hot beverage in cold weather. The typical smell will add warmth. The warmth of galangal water is very different from the ginger. Ginger water is very pungent and hot when it reaches the stomach. Meanwhile, galangal water feels warm not so hot. Galangal water feels more delicious than turmeric or ginger.
Here are some benefits of galangal from various sources:
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory
In one research conducted that galangal has analgesic properties. It is corroborated by many essential oils that make it one of the most comfortable anti-inflammatory to find.
Anti-inflammatory properties in galangal proved to be effective in overcoming the swelling of ligaments that occur in cases of sprains, swelling due to arthritis and rheumatism, and relieve swelling due to bruising.
Galangal can also help improve urination. Its nature as a diuretic can work attracted a lot of water to the kidneys and speed up the process of sewage and toxins in the kidneys.
In galangal found some compounds that can work as an anti-bacterial that will help overcome some health problems. A cough with phlegm, dry cough, diarrhea, and acne can be cured with galangal.
Anti-cough, influenza, and asthma
Methanol content and some compounds in the sap like monoterpene and sesquiterpenes can relieve dry throat, overcome flatulence, overcome high stomach acid. Galangal root is also useful for overcoming breath shortness due to asthma, helps ease respiration, helps overcome nasal congestion and mitigate the effects of a throbbing headache due to flu.
Some people who lack appetite can drink galangal water to improve appetite. Galangal root has a high vitamin B complex, also found a number of benefits to overcome the effects of stiffness, helps blood flow and relaxes tense muscles, so it is also good for cramps and migraines. Galangal is also used as a compress of swollen and bruised wounds, by smoothing and smeared on the swollen area.
In some traditional medicine drinking galangal water or eating raw galangal will shed infected blood during menstruation. It is medically advised to limit the galangal consumption during pregnancy.
For drinking potion, usually galangal mashed first then boiled with other ingredients and some herbs to add a warm effect. This herb is commonly used to increase stamina, fatigue effect, appetite enhancer and help increase endurance. That’s galangal benefits for health that you need to know.