Looking for a hot beverage substitute without the caffeine? Try a cup of this healing root, according to Ayurveda medicine.
I like to start my day off with a hot mug of fresh Ginger Tea, especially in the icy cold winter months as Ginger acts as a diaphoretic, which means that it’s sweat -inducing so it works to warm the body from within. Also, in the wake of a cold, Ginger tea is particularly useful, add a slice of lemon for Vitamin C and honey to soothe a sore throat.
Ginger is most famously known for alleviating digestive problems such as nausea, motion sickness and pain but it also contains a compound called gingerol which can lower blood pressure and increase circulation.
Gastric Goodness of Ginger:
- Activates your digestive juices - so if you can stomach raw ginger, eat a little before a meal to activate your appetite
- Alleviates motion sickness, nausea and morning sickness
- Useful as a digestive aid, helps alleviate flatulence
- Reduces fever and pain, particularly useful for cramps during menstruation
- Reduces inflammation so useful for aches in the muscles and joints, can be used in the bath as an essential oil
- Improves circulation
- Can alleviate the pain of rheumatism arthritis over time
- Alleviates toothache, chew on a small piece of fresh ginger
Mindfulness Memo: Ginger can cause stomach distress if taken in large quantities. Not recommended for individuals who have gallstones or for extended use during pregnancy. Also not suitable for people with blood conditions such as haemophilia or people who take medication for blood stress or diabetic issues.
This underground stem (rhizome) can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice but I do recommend consuming fresh, organic ginger. It can be stored in the fridge or freezer as it does freeze extremely well. Dip two or three thin slices into salt and lime juice and have before a main meal or you can add it to your food as you cook.
To make ginger tea at home, slice or grate 20-40g of fresh ginger and steep in a cup of hot water.