You can use ginger in many different ways to treat a wide range of ailments and diseases. Make sure you always have it on hand use it every day, because it will soothe and heal almost any condition.
Ginger therapy involves the use of this root and its medicinal properties in purpose of recovery and treatment. It is based on the powerful healing properties and benefits of ginger alone and its combination with certain spices, oils and herbs.
Ginger provides optimal benefits when handled with knowledge and experience and used properly. Since we are in the season of flu, we suggest that you try 5 simple ways and recipes to use ginger at home:
The recipes are effective, simple and powerful, so grab some ginger and let’s start…
- Fresh ginger tea
One of the best remedies for colds, flu and sore throat is homemade ginger tea, and it also helps in the treatment of indigestion. Ginger tea stimulates circulation and has calming effect and it is commonly used in winter. You can make it in different ways, and we have here the most simple:
- 1 tsp fresh ginger juice
- 2 cups water
Chop the ginger finely, and squeeze out the juice out of it with your fingers. Put it in a cup, and pour over some hot boiled water. Add a little more water or sweeten it with some honey if you do not like your tea that strong.
- Ginger and coriander tea
By adding the power of coriander you get a winning and super-delicious combination. Use it to treat flu.
According to the rich Ayurvedic tradition of making tea, despite of being tasty and aromatic, when it comes to treating colds, the combination of coriander and ginger is considered as one of the best remedies. Even though it is a great prevention in the cold winter days, experts also recommend its use once you notice the first symptoms of cold and flu…
It soothes the throat, reduces inflammation, and relieves muscle pain, which is a common flu symptom.
Although coriander has the ability to cool the organism, when combined with the power of ginger, it provides a balanced warmth. By using it this way, combining two spices with opposite effect, you get a powerful combination that is beneficial in the treatment of these conditions.
Ingredients: (for 2 cups)
- ½ cup of coriander seeds
- 2 cups water
- 3 ginger slices
Peel the ginger and wash the seeds. For a stronger effect, you can either chop it or slice it finely. Pour the water over them and cook until the liquid reduces by a 1/3. Strain and serve. Always drink it hot, in small sips slowly but don’t let it cool down.
- Ginger paste for headache
One of the common symptoms of cold and flu is severe headache. So you may want to use ginger, before you reach for some medication.
You need ginger powder to make this soothing paste. Add some warm water. Use just enough to create a thick paste. Apply the paste on your temples and forehead. Lie on your bed and relax. Breathe slowly. You should soon feel some relief.
- Use homemade oil to relieve muscle pain
It is like every inch of your body aches, when you struggle with flu. First, it appears in one part of the body, it does not come all at once. Start using natural remedies and make a nice cup of tea. Apply some of the oil, and gently massage the sore spots.
- Fresh ginger juice
- Sesame / almond oil
Mix equal parts of the fresh ginger juice and base oil. Stir well and massage the sore spot.
- Ginger elixir to strengthen your immunity
This is one of the most popular and easy to make Ayurvedic recipe. It can be used for a longer period of time. Always have it on hand and store it in a container.
To make this elixir you will only need 5-10 minutes, and the list of its benefits is never-ending. According to your needs you should determine the amount of ingredients. You can make either a tablespoon or a liter, and keep it in a jar. Make sure you use it within 1-2 months.
Ingredients: (Depending on the amount you need)
- ginger juice
- 1 or more whole lemons
- wildflower honey
The base of this elixir is honey, so it takes the largest part in this combination. Add fresh ginger and lemon juice. You should get a syrup-like consistency. You can also add lemon slices or chunks, if you decide to make more of it.
Be careful, if you are using store bought lemons, make sure you peel them, and you can use the peel as well if you are using organic lemons from a local farmer. Make the elixir and enjoy in its scent, effect and taste. Take a teaspoon during the whole day.
Ginger – Use and side-effects
- If you are taking painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin;
- If you struggle with heartburn, stomach problems and other symptoms of increased Pitta, make sure before you use ginger to you consult your doctor;
- If you are pregnant;
- If you are taking blood thinners;
Trust nature and be grateful for her help!