In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), fresh ginger is a Warming food specifically wonderful for those of us who experience a Cold condition. If you find your circulation not that great, bloat often, and have chilly fingers and toes, you may have a Cold Condition like me! Luckily, in TCM, there is a way to heal your conditions, whatever they are, through food. Ginger is one of those foods.
I highly recommend the book Total Health The Chinese Way by Esther Ting to learn the foundations of TCM, including the different conditions and how they may affect your life. What I love most about it is it relies on food to heal the body, along with herbs from nature.
You can read more about the books I reference often here.
What Is Ginger?
Ginger is a medicinal herb that's often used for digestive upsets, cold / cool conditions in TCM, and nausea. Ever had a ginger candy while on a boat or plane? Additionally, ginger is great for improving circulation. It's all around a fantastic medicinal herb that is so good not only for warming up the body, but also for strengthening your digestive system. There's also a reason why ginger is served with sushi! Since most sushi is traditionally made with raw fish, serving sushi with ginger helps your body digest the raw meat and prevents you from getting sick.
How To Make Ginger Tea
- 1.2-2 Cups Filtered Water
- 5-6 Slices Of Fresh, Organic Ginger Root
- Honey to taste!
- Clean and slice your fresh, organic ginger root into 5-6 slices lengthwise.
- Add your ginger to a small sauce pan and smash the pieces to get the juices flowing. I like to use a spoon for this.
- Once you've smashed up the ginger a bit, add the water to the sauce pan and cook for 5 minutes or so.
- Add your ginger tea to mug and add your honey to taste.
- Enjoy! :)
The Importance Of Ginger Tea
During the winter months, ginger tea is an amazing gift to yourself. I wrote recently about the negative impacts of caffeine on our lymphatic system. If you're looking for a morning alternative, ginger tea could be a great winter routine for you. You'll find your digestion strengthens, your body feels warmer, and you'll also remove cold from your body, which is a crucial step to increasing your wellbeing for the winter.
Organic Olivia writes a lot about TCM & mentions that ginger tea also:
- warms the stomach
- removes cold from the body
- reduces joint pain and arthritis
- strengthens immunity
- regulates the menstrual cycle
- reduces PMS
- improves circulation
- increases yang Qi
- kills parasites
If you want to strengthen your digestion and increase the warmth in your body, ginger tea is a great, fresh medicinal tea you'll want to try.
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