Ginger is native to Southeast Asia and China but is now grown in many different countries throughout the world.
Ginger has been used in alternative/traditional medicine for many years. So why is ginger MY saviour? Well let’s discuss this lovely root.
In my late teens, I got very sick. I had tonsillitis and refused to go on medication again. One of our close family friends who is a health expert and nut in the natural world advised me to make the following tea. This recipe has been in my use for many years and will continue to do so. Not only is it a major boost for your immune system but it also helps with sore throats, coughs, infections and the list continues. This is my go-to anytime I feel a cold coming on, and my body bounces back as if there was no problem in sight. I hope this recipe will treat you well in the upcoming cold and flu season!
Ginger Tea Solve Recipe
- Small ginger pieces cut or grated ginger (1-2 ounces)
- Boiling water
- 1/2 – 1 lemon
- Ceylon cinnamon
When you grate the ginger, fill the cup with boiling water. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Only then add the remaining ingredients. Lemon and honey are both sensitive to heat, so adding it last is important to maintain its nutritional value.
Raw ginger is a superfood. Some of its health benefits are as follows:
- Relieves headache and nausea, even vomiting that is connected to morning sickness in pregnant women
- Fights illnesses and infections and induces sweat to help you detoxify
- Aids with digestion
- A research published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research journal advises that regular consumption of ginger improves gut health and prevents stomach ulcers.
- Anti-inflammatory which helps to minimize pain, for example joint pain, menstrual cramps (although ginger root is known as a vasodilator) and toothache
There are so many wonderful benefits to ginger that the list is endless. Truly. Apart from its health benefits, ginger is a wonderful flavour to add into your smoothies, juices, teas, desserts and meals. I love to cook Indian meals and ginger is a must-have in the kitchen.
One of my favourite teas to sip on is the Masala Chai tea. Of course, home made we are talking about not the tea bag variation. This tea is bursting with flavour and with health benefits!
Masala Chai Recipe
- Small ginger pieces cut or grated
- Loose leaf black organic tea
- Sprinkle of black pepper
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2-3 cardamom (smushed)
- 1-2 cloves
- Boiling water and milk (half half)
- Honey/Maple syrup or cane sugar
- Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
Boil the water and stir while adding the ingredients. Add the milk of your choice into the mixture and let it sit and steep for a few minutes. Enjoy the flavours of India in a cup!
So as I continue to travel the world and engage in many different activities, I will always be sure to look for ginger root in my surroundings. Even without a blender I can chew on tiny pieces to provide myself with the health benefits it offers.