Though most people know that ginger is great for an upset stomach and nausea, it can also be used for pain relief. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can be taken in regular doses throughout the day to help manage chronic pain. It is said to be superior than NSAID medication. Research from the Journal of Pain indicates that ginger is an effective way to manage chronic joint and muscle pain.
The best way to get pain relief from ginger is when it is fresh, like in a ginger tea. While there are supplements in capsule form, you can’t always be assured that the quality is high or even sufficient. This is a problem with all supplements and vitamins in today’s market. So when possible, fresh is best.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 54 calories
- 3 grams of fat
- 3 grams of sugar
- 4 milligrams of sodium
- 3-4 inches ginger root (15 quarter sized slices)
- 1 quart (4 cups) water
- 1 lemon (or lime)
- Sweetener to taste
Chop fresh ginger root into approx 15 quarter sized slices. Add to water and boil on the stove for a minimum of 10 minutes. Add 1/2 juice of 1 lemon. Strain tea to remove ginger slices. Pour into tea cups and sweeten to taste. See optional ingredients and detailed instructions. Drink three cups daily for arthritic, joint or muscle pain.
- Chop a two to three inch piece of fresh ginger. Slice into quarter sized pieces, approximately 15 or so.
- Add to a quart of water (4 cups) and boil on the stove for a minimum of 10 minutes. For stronger or tangier tea, boil longer. 30 to 60 minutes.
- Add 1/2 juice of 1 lemon to taste.
- Strain boiled tea to remove the ginger slices.
- Add a sweetener of choice per each cup of tea. Stevia, honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup are very healthy choices.
Drink three cups daily for arthritic, joint or muscle pain.
You could use the juice of a lime instead of lemon. Try it out to see which you like best!
Instead of adding the juice of a lemon directly to the entire amount of tea, just strain the ginger from the liquid and add a teaspoon or two to your individual servings, to taste.
You could also pour the strained ginger water over your favorite teabag and let steep as usual. Try out different flavors to see what you might like.
Optional Ingredient Ideas:
- cinnamon stick
- cammomile flowers
- Echinacea tincture
- fresh mint leaves
Optional ingredient suggestions from Mind Body Green.
TIP: As ginger is very strong tasting, you may have to play with how much lemon, lime or optional ingredients to add. I suggest trying it without anything but a sweetener first, then adding something else until you find what you prefer.
TIP: If you choose honey as a sweetener, make sure it is from a local source (preferably organic). Honey from a local source will help allergies!
DID YOU KNOW?
Honey (and cinnamon too) is antiviral, antibacterial & anti-fungal. Which makes it great for colds and coughs. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. Sipping a hot ginger tea with honey will ease stomach upset and soothe sore throats.
You can drink your ginger tea hot or cold. Double the recipe (or more) and keep in the refrigerator for cold ginger tea.
WARNING: Please note that ginger may raise the risk of bleeding and it is not recommended if you are taking blood thinners. Ginger may also interact with diabetic and high blood pressure medication. Please consult with your Pharmacist or Family Doctor to make sure none of your medications react with negative side effects by taking ginger.
Here’s a delicious video on how to make ginger tea
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