Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ginger Tea Detox for Wellness Wednesday Ginger Root


Ginger Root
I don't know about you, but this year seems to be especially "Buggy"  Every time I turn around the kids are bring home "Someone In Your Childs Classroom has...."  While my children usually have very strong immune systems, they have been bombarded with germs in the classrooms.  We have had a very long two weeks of runny noses, fevers, coughs, and sleepless nights.  As a mom of four, I have to stay strong and healthy for my kids.  Eating healthy comes easy to me, but when you are going on a week of little sleep and no rest during the day, you need a little something more to keep your immune system strong.  I know most parts can agree with me this year has been rough in the cold and flu news.
History
Ginger has long been used as a cold and flu prevention of natural medicine. 
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. 

Prevention
Ginger has been used for
Indigestion
Diarrhea
Gas
Loss of appetite
Fever
Coughs
Throats
Motion Sickness

Detox Ginger Tea

2 tbsp. crushed ginger root
juice of one lemon
1 cayenne pepper
hot water

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
Tea Bags
3 TBSP crushed ginger root
Hot Water

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.

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21 comments:

  1. I didn't know that ginger root can be used for so many things. And that Libre mug sounds like a great thing to have!

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    1. The Libre Mug or Glass is amazing, one of my favorite glasses.

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  2. Oh I love Ginger!!! Great for stomach issues! Sounds easy to make....I am sharing!

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    1. It is very easy and only few minutes, chopping the ginger is the only thing that takes some time. I hope you enjoy.

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  3. Wow, I'm going to have to get some to keep onhand!

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    1. We keep it one hand, and I am trying my hand at making a ginger extract for immune boosting. I will be sure to share when I do.

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  4. Bookmarking! great tips! I had no idea ginger could do so much!

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    1. Thank you! Let me know if you make the Detox!

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  5. I know ginger is very useful but it's ncie to be reminded HOW it can best be used- it's easy to forget with all the helpful herbs out there!

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    1. It is easy to forget, sometimes I forget about how it easy an upset stomach because I first think of peppermint. It seems during the winter months we use ginger a lot.

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  6. I actually had my first cup of green tea with ginger and a hint of something else. I really enjoyed it!

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    1. Green tea has so many wonderful benefits, both tastes great and helpful to the body.

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  7. I totally think ginger is underused. Hot ginger tea is my go-to drink when I start to feel a sore throat coming; even a little tickle in the throat sends me to the grocery.

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  8. Never heard of that glass before... I was actually thinking of trying something similar

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  9. I had no idea that ginger could do so much!

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  10. I love Ginger Tea and have used it for over a year, it is the best beverage ever IMO!

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  11. Sounds like a great thing to have on hand!!

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  12. I used to eat ginger while I was pregnant for nausea! I didn't know it could do so much more!

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  13. i love ginger, I've never used or done a detox but I probably should! I love tea that glass is awesome, going to try some of your recipes thanks!

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  14. Great ideas! Need to use ginger for more!

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  15. Great tips! We've had a lot of colds going around here.

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