Ginger is Native to the coastal region of India and has been cultivated there since before written history, the first mention was some time around 400BC. Now this root is cultivated all over the world and used in cooking, medicinally, and modern medicine.
It was in China about 1280 AD when Marco Polo reported seeing the root. This became a popular import to Europe in the 11-13 centuries. This wonderful herb them was introduced to the West Indies from the Spaniards, around 1547. The herb has then been sent and now grown throughout the world and widely used today.
While the most popular use for ginger is in cooking, the food industry, we are starting to see more people use it for preventive purposes. I know in my own house we tend to keep ginger on hand.
Detox Ginger Tea
2 tbsp. crushed ginger root
juice of one lemon
1 cayenne pepper
I place all ingredients in my Libre Tea Glass, which is perfect because it keeps all the ingredients in the glass without having to strain anything.
This Detox drink can be very spicy, so drink with care. I started to have the symptoms and signs that I was getting the kids colds, and I started this drink right away. I was able to keep the colds at bay and strengthen my immune system.
The Cayenne Pepper helps to break up congestion and mucus and get things moving. The pepper is anti-inflammatory, stimulates circulation, and helps relieve migraines. So don't skip the pepper, it is important to the process.
For Body Aches
3 TBSP crushed ginger root
In a hot tub of water add in tea bag(s), and allow the aches of body pain to gently ease away. I have done this when I am sore from running, working in the garden, and even the body ache of illness. You can use powdered ginger as well, although I find fresh ginger to be more powerful.