A round of cold and flu is enough to keep you down for a while. Nothing seems more irritating than a headache coupled with the awful feeling of congestion. While other people might choose pharmaceuticals to solve this problem, you can find a more natural and healthier alternative.
The practice of using homemade ginger tea as a remedy for colds and flu has been around for a while. Its effectiveness has been proven by numerous scientific studies. Here's how you can use this healthy option to combat colds and flu:
- Make sure you don't have any contraindications for this treatment. Although ginger has many health benefits, it can still pose a significant risk if you have any problems in your gallbladder or if you are currently taking anticoagulants; these conditions will predispose you to an increased risk for bleeding; in these cases, it's wise to consult your health care provider before using ginger tea. If you don't have any conditions which may reduce your blood's ability to clot, then you can proceed to the next step.
- Gather your materials. You will be steeping your ginger just like you would any tea. It is wise to keep your things for making tea within reach to avoid any interruption while you work. Ready the following: fresh ginger, lemon, cayenne pepper, a cheese grater, a tea ball, a metal tea pot, and a paring knife.
- Prepare your ginger. Get a piece that is about the size of your palm. Check its freshness by breaking off a piece. Fresh ginger will have a tight skin and will snap off cleanly when you break it. If it’s weak and bends with your breaking movement, then it is old and you should no longer be eaten. After you have determined its freshness, wash the whole piece of ginger. You have the option of peeling it using the paring knife or leaving the skin behind. However, always cut off the dark, gnarly edges. Cut a small piece thinly, and shred it using the cheese grater.
- Prepare the concoction. Boil a cup of water. Place the shredded ginger into the tea ball. When the water is already boiling, drop the tea ball into the metal teapot and let it boil with the water for another one minute. Turn the heat off and let the tea ball steep for about five minutes into the concoction. Discard the shredded ginger off the tea ball as you remove it from the water.
- Improve the taste of the ginger tea. Let the tea cool for about ten minutes before drinking it. Then, just before drinking it, squeeze an entire lemon and add it to your cup of tea. To make it spicier and to enhance the tea's heating effect, you can add some cayenne pepper. A tiny pinch will do, you can feel free to add more if you like. It is discouraged to add honey or other sweeteners to your tea, since they may decrease its effectiveness. Nevertheless, if the tea's too strong then you can add a bit to make it taste better.
The use of ginger tea is very popular during cold and flu season, mainly because of its excellent ability to unclog sinuses and loosen mucus. Try some for yourself and see!