Ginger is the ultimate natural medicine. Not only is it delicious, but it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial in nature which makes it one of the best superfoods to have on hand during cold and flu season.
It can’t quite melt the snow but it can help fight infection, enhance the immune system, fight off colds and other viruses, improve circulation, relieve pain and inflammation, reduce the risk of kidney stones and give your body the nutrients it needs to make sure the liver works efficiently.
It is especially wonderful in cold weather because it is spicy and very warming. Ginger also alleviates inflammation of the throat, the common cold, congestion and sinus problems. A tea made with powdered ginger and honey does wonders when you feel a cold coming on, but be sure to add the honey after you have removed the tea from the heat.
Ginger tea is also incredibly soothing for stomachaches, indigestion and nausea.
In Ayurveda, ginger is considered a digestive stimulant and a carminative (relieves gas). Ginger causes sweating, enkindles agni (the digestive fire), neutralizes toxins and helps digestion, absorption and assimilation of food. When you cook with ginger, it makes it your meal lighter, easier to digest and adds a little kick.
Ginger may also be applied externally to painful joints and muscles. It helps the circulation and relieves pain by causing stagnant energy to be released.
For aches and pains, take a ginger bath! Grate ginger and place it in some cheesecloth. Tie the ginger package to the tap so the hot water becomes infused as it comes out of the tap. This ginger bath relieves pain and is both relaxing and refreshing!
A ginger compress is a very useful technique for drawing toxins out of the kidney area, increase the blood circulation in that area, and helping to dissolve hardened masses such as stones.
Always purchase organically grown ginger root, it should not be shriveled. Fresh ginger contains more water and is milder, the powdered dry form is highly concentrated, strong and therefore more penetrating action.
The combination of ginger and turmeric is a one two punch for pathogens and inflammation.
Try this Miracle Ginger Tea today!
- 1 tablespoon of raw, organic, unfiltered honey.
- 2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger.
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric (or freshly grated if you can find it)
- 1 oz of coconut milk (optional)
- 5 cups of spring water
1) Bring water, ginger and turmeric to a boil.
2) Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
3) Remove from heat, strain, add coconut milk and honey to taste.
What do you think? Who wants to give ginger tea a try?
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Source: Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad (book)