Cold-Busting Ginger Citrus Tea
That’s the number of active medicinal constituents found in the miracle herb, ginger root.
I might also say that’s the number of health issues ginger root is exceptionally good at relieving and I probably wouldn’t be far off. This pungent, aromatic rhizome (root) is perhaps the world’s oldest recognized medicinal plant. It’s been cultivated for thousands of years and used extensively in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayrurvedic (Indian) medicine for it’s phenomenal healing powers.
And when it comes to battling winter’s cold and flu bugs, this is definitely one herb you want fighting by your side.
Ginger’s pungent, spicy taste is a notable indication of the plant’s actions as a blood-mover and diaphoretic. I touched on the action of diaphoretic herbs in this post, but blood-moving and diaphoretic herbal actions are basically complimentary: they get things moving.
You get my drift… (no pun intended)
Ginger’s function as a blood-moving herb has powerful pain-relieving effects on the muscular aches and pains associated with the flu. It also moves thick mucus and stimulates the body’s immune system.
But ginger’s wonderful uses don’t just end there. It’s also a strong antimicrobial herb capable of functioning as an antibiotic against candida, e. Coli, influenza, listeria, salmonella and staph.
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But in this instance ginger must be fresh. Dried ginger root does not provide the same wonderful antimicrobial properties.
As a carminative, ginger is wonderful for indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, and for relief of nausea and vomiting.
My favorite way to take ginger is as a spicy infusion (tea).
This preparation works great for soothing a sore throat (use less cayenne if your throat is really sore) and clearing stuffy heads, too. It reduces respiratory inflammation and even calms coughing.
Better yet, I’ve found drinking this type of infusion hourly is a wonderful prophylactic remedy to keep colds and flus at bay when I’m feeling run-down.
Cold-Busing Ginger Citrus Tea*
8 oz hot water
1 inch fresh ginger root
1/2 lemon, at room temperature
dash of cayenne pepper
raw honey, to taste
- Grate ginger using a microplane and place within a pint jar.
- Juice the lemon, then pour juice into the jar.
- Pour 8oz (or more) of freshly boiled water over the ginger and lemon.
- Add a dash of cayenne pepper. Stir.
- Cover and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes or up to 8 hours.
- Strain and sip throughout the day.
*This recipe was adapted from the book Herbal Antibiotics by herbalist Stephen Buhner. A wonderful herbal resource, BTW!