It’s a snap to make fresh healthy drinks that heal and nourish us, we just need to take the time to think about it and do it…
We can support our health by including healing drinks as part of our daily routine – it’s quick and easy and the rewards are significant. In fact, research proves that those who drink healing herbal teas extend life, improve their health and even cure chronic illness!
There are dozens of delicious healing drinks we can create for ourselves quite easily at very little cost.
Topping the list of healing plants in all herbal traditions going back more than 5,000 years, is ginger. And ginger is an easy place to start our home remedy drinks exploration, too, because it’s easy to use and has great healing power.
Ginger’s medicinal use history is longer and older than any other. And in all those centuries, there are no recorded adverse side effects, so it’s an easy and safe way to start with true self care.
Healing Ginger Tea
This simple recipe will make approximately one quart of delicious ginger tea, which can be enjoyed hot or cold. It can be sweetened or brightened with a little stevia, honey or lemon, as you desire.
Or, make it double strength and mix it with sparkling mineral water for a light homemade ginger ale!
- 1 medium sized piece fresh ginger root 2 to 3 inches
- 1 quart boiled water
- a couple drops of liquid stevia or
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 Fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste
Peel the ginger. Either chop fine or grate with a fine grater or zester.
Grated: use 2 tablespoons
Chopped: use 3 tablespoons
Place ginger in teapot, mason jar or saucepan and add 1 quart boiling water.
Steep for 10 minutes
You can heat the water in the saucepan and then add the ginger. Remove the pan from heat and cover as soon as you add the ginger.
Strain the ginger from the tea before or as serving.
Add optional ingredients to each cup when served.
Store in closed container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Serve hot or cold.
Eating ginger this way has also been shown to improve energy levels, strengthen the heart and venous system, reduce vericose veins and improve overall circulation.
If you often have cold hands and feet, ginger is an excellent way to increase circulation and solve the problem.
Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory.
Medical trials in Scandinavia showed ginger was more effective than modern arthritis medications at relieving joint pain associated with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis with none of the side effects associated with modern drug therapies!
Ginger is also a powerful detoxifying agent. Taken as a hot tea it can act to increase perspiration, helping to remove toxins through the skin.
This can be very helpful at the onset of a cold or flu, when done in combination with a warm bath to help sweat out toxins and break a fever.
Ginger is an analgesic and can relieve headache pain, muscle aches, toothaches. and even pain associated with stomach ulcers.
Perhaps least well-known, and most powerful in our modern age, ginger has been tested and proven effective at killing many different types of cancer cells and at reversing and preventing arterial plaque build up that is associated with coronary heart disease.
It is little wonder ancient healers considered ginger a healing gift of the gods. So, drink up! Because this drink really is a healing elixer.