Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ginger & Garlic

I went to a Tea tasting luncheon awhile back and was able to taste at least 15 different teas. It was a pleasant surprise to find the garlic tea very good! When I learned about all the wonderful things about ginger root, lemons and garlic, I was sold. 

I kenw that garlic is used for toothaches, sinus infections, and that it is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. But I learned SEW much more.

Recently I was asked why I use ginger root and lemons daily, SEW I thought I would share the following with you.

When I feel a cold or some type of bug coming on, I make a pot of hot tea (all water) and toss bits of ginger, garlic and lemon in the hot water and let it brew. Usually I mince or grate the lemon & ginger root, mash the garlic. Most times I just slice bits of ginger root and toss it in. I drink this thru out the day, brewing more as needed. 

Everyone's amount will vary, if you have never done this, start with very small amounts and build up to taste. Some will prefer to add some type of sweetener such as honey or your favorite. Keep in mind that sweet might not be good for nausea.

I use fresh ginger root and lemons daily in my morning drink. I cut about a half inch to one inch of the ginger root (depending on size of drink) and either grate or slice fine thin pieces and throw in blender with other items and drink. For lemons, at least the juice of a half to whole lemon. Again this is to taste.

Garlic is an herbal "wonder drug", with a reputation in folklore for preventing or treating everything from the common cold and fly, powerful natural antibioti, powerful antioxidant effect. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Garlic has been used for garlic is used for toothaches, sinus infections, ear aches and quite a bit more.

Ginger Root for is great for inflammation joints, and is known for its anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties, it improves the intestinal motility. It is anti-inflammatory, painkiller (analgesic), nerve soothing, anti-pyretic as well as anti-bacterial properties. Studies have shown that it may reduce nausea induced by motion sickness or pregnancy and may help relieve migraine headache (I did not know this!), many essential nutrients and vitamins, Ginger root slices, boiled in water with added lemon or orange juice, and honey, is a popular herbal drink in ayurvedic medicine to relieve common cold, cough, and sore throat.

SEW since I have using these "wonder" herbs, do I notice a difference? Hard to say but I sure feel a lot healthier! As far as the migraines - I dare not say too much just yet. Let me get thru the next few months and will let you know how I am doing.

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