Yesterday morning I woke up with a sore throat and as the day progressed I cursed what I thought was an allergy issue.... as well as all the trees and grasses around me. "Damn you allergies! Damn you trees! Damn you wind! Damn you grasses!"... something like that.
100 sneezes later and I was found curled up on the couch under 50+ blankets, freezing. This was obviously not an allergy episode... besides, I don't have any allergies... hmm..
As time went on, there was no pleasing me. "I'm hot. I'm cold. My back hurts, etc". After pouting endlessly I decided to take this illness out of my system! I declared I was going to make a come-back!
So I did. I walked to work and here I am. I feel 85 times better! I wonder why? Could it be the Echinacea? Could it be the ginger tea? Could it be my outlook and resolve to win? I think it's all of the above. By choosing not to stay sick, I'm not. By choosing to help my body fight off the dreaded cold, it has. It's an amazing thing... The power of thought, Echinacea and ginger... I am not functioning at 100% but I am definitely making a come back. Back in the day (before learning about yoga and Ayurveda), I would have just suffered for days and days and not put up a fight. With experimentation with herbs and compounds I've discovered that I no longer have to suffer. I have the power to heal myself... and you do to!
Probably best known for its ability to relieve nausea, ginger is another powerful healing flavor source. Gingerols and shogaols, plant compounds that give ginger its spicy-hot taste and stimulating aroma, are anti-inflammatories that can reduce pain from colds, flu, sore throat, headache, cramps, and even osteoarthritis, without the stomach irritation often linked to ibuprofen.
Early research hints that ginger could also inhibit growth of certain types of cancer cells, including those in the ovaries and gastrointestinal tract. A recent study published in the Saudi Medical Journal indicates that ginger may also lower cholesterol levels significantly, thereby benefiting heart health.
Ginger is Mother Nature’s protective cloak, shielding us from sickness on winter days. This tea is very spicy—if it tastes too strong, dilute it with more hot water and honey. Traditional advice is not to drink more than 2 cups of ginger tea a day unless you are using it as a treatment for a bad chest cold.
Ginger tea is also a GREAT way to liven up during wet and damp days. Ginger warms you up on the inside, as well as lightens any heaviness that results from damp and wet days. Ginger increases digestive fire, as well as assists in healing colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and impaired circulation and digestion. Mmmmmmmmm.... I hope you enjoy this amazing tea. Don't be afraid of adding enough honey to make it good to you. Raw honey is full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger root
- Raw honey (to taste)
- Turmeric root (optional)
Bring the water to boil in a saucepan. Peel fresh ginger (using a spoon instead of a knife is easier) and then slice it into chunks or strips. When the water boils, add ginger to the pot. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and add honey! For an extra kick, add turmeric root to the ginger in the pot and simmer.