Oh, the many benefits of ginger! Warming to the body, detoxifying for body, cleansing to the liver, softening to the tissues, thinning to mucus, circulating for the blood, beautifying for the skin, intensifying for the chi, toning for the sexual organs, healing for the stomach, strengthening for the heart, and appealing to the taste.
This ginger tea recipe of ours will surely keep your immune system strong throughout the Winter or, if you're already sick, have this in addition to 4 cups ofhot yarrow infusion while taking hot baths for 3 days.
1) Begin with boiling 4 cups of water in a pot on the stove.
2) While the water boils, chop ginger into big chunks like so.
3) Add the ginger to the pot and let it boil for 10 minutes, then simmer for another 15.
4) Pour the water into a mug through a strainer and add:
- The juice from half a lemon.
- 1 dropper full of Mullein tincture
- 1 dropper full of Echinacea tincture
- I teaspoon of local, raw, chemical-free honey*.
Drink this throughout the day and you will be doing your body a lot of good. The lemon is alkalizing, which helps bring more oxygen into the blood to flush out pathogens and other anaerobic things like fungi and mold. The Mullein is cleansing to the lymphatic system and helps remove mucus from the lungs. Echinacea is lymph cleansing as well, but really good for boosting the immune system. Local, raw, chemical free honey is nourishing, gentle for upset stomachs, and loaded with special minerals, vitamins, and unknown magic (including natural antibiotics) that help rid the body of bacteria and viruses.
*I will do a larger article about honey, but for now I will say this: I'm a pure vegetarian and strongly believe in animal welfare but I find local, raw, organic/chemical-free honey to be helpful for the bees during their crises the same way an animal sanctuary is for retired farm animals. As long as they're leaving plenty of honey for their bees to live off of throughout the Winter, I consider it ethical. Honey is truly a food straight from the Goddess. That being said, it should only be used in small, medicinal amounts out of respect.