I live in the Midwest and lately temperatures have been diving into the single digits. Staying warm is in high order, and one of the ways I do so is to sip on warm beverages throughout the day. To really turn up the heat, choose this most beneficial brew – ginger tea.
Not only is ginger a warming spice, but it has very potent anti-inflammatory properties compounds called gingerols. Ginger is a top choice for those suffering from arthritis; including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Ginger is also great for nausea. It’s anti-vomiting action is extremely useful for morning sickness during pregnancy, and unlike anti-vomiting drugs, it will not cause birth defects; it is extremely safe and only a small amount is necessary to produce relief. It is also wonderful for dizziness and vertigo. To prevent motion sickness, use ginger in a capsule form (easier for travel needs). Swallow two capsules of ginger about 30 minutes before departure, then follow this up with one or two more about every four hours.
Ginger can also provide a wonderful boost to the immune system! It can aid in promoting healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus. A good sweat assists detoxification and aids in fighting off infections.
Though ginger tea is available in tea bags, it’s quite easy to make a fresh ginger tea. Steep one or two ½ inch ginger slices in 1 cup of water, or if you prefer, one tablespoon of grated ginger. For grating ginger consider a ceramic grater, available at Asian markets, which is specifically made for just this purpose. Sweeten your tea with just a bit of honey or stevia to taste, also add a bit of lemon for added detoxification benefits.
Warm up with ginger and keep those winter chills at bay!