Ouch, the agony of untreated pain and inflammation! For many people, living with pain becomes a daily battle because other health issues or side effects don't permit them to use Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen or other non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Tylenol is hard on the liver, and doesn't actually reduce inflammation, so while it may lessen pain somewhat, it cannot get to the root cause of it. Many prescription pain medications also have side effects such as drowsiness, memory loss and a foggy mental state, so they are far from ideal for daily use. The time is ripe to dip into nature's medical bag to find what wonders we've been missing due to our modern dependence on medical science. One powerful anti-inflammatory found in nature's arsenal is ginger.
- Put kettle on to boil.
- Cut and peel an inch of ginger root. Slice thinly. Place in cup.
- Pour boiling water over ginger and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Sweeten as desired.
To prepare a concentrate:
- Select a piece of ginger root about the size of an adult hand.
- Peel ginger root using a potato peeler and cut into 1 inch pieces, or slice thinner if desired.
- Place ginger in a pot with a quart of water.
- Bring to a boil and boil for about 10 minute
- After 10 minutes, remove from heat and allow to steep awhile, perhaps 30 minutes or an hour.
- Pour ginger and the liquid into a quart jar (or larger jar, if you find it necessary). Refrigerate.
- To use ginger concentrate, add 3 or 4 Tablespoons of the liquid to coffee, tea, water, or whatever beverage you prefer. Can be used for hot or cold beverages.
- Sweeten as desired. Honey is good, as it also has anti-inflammatory properties.
I personally use the 3 to 4 Tablespoon dosage about 4 times daily. When I first get up I add it to my coffee, which I find to be very flavorful, especially if I also sprinkle in some cinnamon and sweeten with honey or Stevia. This morning dose helps loosen my morning stiffness and pain and get me started for the day.
I take "Ginger Tea" breaks about twice a day to keep fighting inflammation. I just add 4 Tablespoons to hot or cold water and sweeten with Stevia.
I drink ginger tea at bedtime. This helps soothe any accumulated inflammation and allows me to fall asleep much faster. Consistent use does lessen overall inflammation, resulting in much less pain. I have found this to be even more effective than prescription doses of Naproxen, which I used to take twice daily until it cause stomach pain symptomatic of ulcers. The wonderful thing is, ginger is actually good for my entire digestive system, which cannot be said for NSAIDs!
Be sure to watch the video and let Martha Stewart teach you how simple it is to make candied ginger, ginger syrup and ginger tea! To make it healthier, use honey instead of sugar.
One property of ginger that can be a pro or a con, depending on your personal condition, is that it thins the blood. In general, this might help prevent blood clots, stoke or heart attack, but anyone preparing for surgery or taking a blood thinning medication should avoid ginger.
Ginger is also useful for nausea, morning sickness, back pain, colic, PMS, menstrual pain, intestinal inflammatory diseases, stomach pain, sore throat, toothache, and as a refreshing mouth rinse. It can be especially helpful for people with an autoimmune disease.
Ginger may be purchased in capsules, prepared tea bags, crystals, and other forms for those days you run out of your personal brew. Check back later for my personal recommendation.
This article is not meant to replace advice from your own doctor. Your personal medical condition is unique to you, depending on your health issues and medications you are taking. Always be sure to consult your doctor before trying alternative treatment, and do not delay seeking medical care because of anything you read or receive in the form of advice from others.
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