Ginger has a ton of amazing qualities. It can ease nausea: chewing on crystalized ginger and eating ginger snaps has had a long tradition of being effective with easing nausea. It can relieve gas: In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Also, some research shows ginger can reduce inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis. Ginger has naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds known as COX-2 inhibitors which are also found in NSAIDs including aspirin and ibuprofen.