Ginger root has been used for centuries as a spice and for medicinal purposes. The first time I tried ginger, I wasn’t too crazy about it. I loved the scent but the flavor, not so much.
Over the years, I’ve grown to really love ginger. I’ll put a few small pieces in my salad or add some to my veggie juices. I even make fresh ginger tea which is very aromatic and quite delicious (recipe below). I’ve learned and personally experienced the healing powers of ginger and I can say in all honesty, it’s truly a Superfood.
Ginger has many benefits and can help the body heal from a number of ailments naturally including:
Aids in Digestion
Regulates Blood Sugar
Lowers Blood Pressure
Helps with Nausea
Reduces Menstrual Pain
Aids in Reducing LDL Cholesterol
Aids Weight Loss
Before making any changes to your healthcare regime, always check with your doctor/health practitioner to make sure it’s right for you.
Ginger Tea Recipe:
4-5 quarter inches pieces of ginger, slightly crushed
2 Cups Water
Sweetener (honey, stevia)
Add ginger and water to a teapot. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 15 minutes. Strain ginger pieces, add a little sweetener and enjoy.
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“Our Food should be our Medicine & our Medicine should be our Food.” ~Hippocrates
When I start to feel a little off, I always turn to my essential oils. They’re my first line of defense against colds or flu. Essential oils have wonderful therapeutic properties and help shorten the duration of the illness when used at the first signs of symptoms including itchy eyes, sore throat, cough, sneezing and mild fever or just the general overall feeling of being unwell.
My favorite way to use essential oils when I start to get sick is through steam inhalation in the shower or bath or by using a diffuser. You can rub some blends directly on your skin, however you need to use caution because they can be irritating to some. Also, if you are pregnant you should consult your doctor before using essential oils.
Basil – useful in treating colds, aches and pains
Bergamot – useful in treating fevers and coughs
Cinnamon – useful in treating colds, flu, coughs and viral infections
Clove – useful as an analgesic and antiseptic
Eucalyptus – useful in treating sore throats, coughs, sinusitis, aches, pains and as an antiseptic
Lavender – useful in treating colds, flu, coughs, sinus congestion
Peppermint – useful in treating fevers, flu and can ease breathing
Sandalwood – useful in treating colds
Tea Tree – useful in treating colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections
Thyme – useful in treating bacterial and viral infections also helps to boost immunity
There are many books and online resources for finding oil blends but I recently came across a great book by Stephanie Gerber titled “Essential glow.” Below are a few of her recipes and I encourage you to check out her site at HellowGlow.com