Pile it up on your sushi, splash it in your cocktails and add it in your baked goods- all for a spicy kick of flavor. But did you know that ginger appeases a lot more than just your taste buds? Ginger is an antispasmodic, meaning it helps reduce cramping even the ones associated with being (ahem!) gassy. While doing this, ginger can also enhance your metabolism! Its anti-inflammatory properties help make sore muscles, creaky joints and even arthritis feel better. Ginger is known to increase circulation, which is why it s been used in eastern massage practices for centuries. Its essential oil has also been shown to help reduce anxiety and fatigue by lessening the body s negative reactions to stress. From motion sickness to morning sickness to just plain old flu sickness, ginger has been long used to settle upset stomachs.