BEAT COLDS AND FLU WITH THIS SIMPLE RECIPE FOR GINGER TEA!
Is ginger a decongestant? YES!
Fresh ginger tea is the best decongestant I’ve ever found.
A bonus is that it’s all natural. It’s yummy and very easy to make!
Cold and flu season is a gift from the holidays no one really wants. What to do? Here are some tips and tricks that work for me.
I don’t know if this would control allergy congestion for everyone, but it could be worth a try, especially at bedtime. The fact that it’s all natural is certainly a plus.
Of course follow any instructions from your doctor and take any medicines prescribed. Keep careful watch on babies and the elderly as their conditions can change very quickly. Take temperatures and record any fever to tell the doctor’s office about. Get plenty of fluids into everyone!
One of the symptoms of the flu or bad cold that I hate the most is a stuffy nose. I mean when you can’t breathe you are just miserable.
During the daytime I can usually move around enough to keep it to a level of a nuisance. But at night if I can’t breathe, I’m not getting good sleep. Just when I need plenty of rest I can’t get it. No wonder I feel like a puddle of grits on the floor!
How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea
Make some fresh ginger tea! I was skeptical of this remedy, but it worked for me every time. It’s totally natural if you make it yourself.
Send someone out to buy some fresh ginger root in the produce section of your local grocery store. Here’s how to make it.
Fresh Ginger Tea
1. Use a strong sharp knife to slice small sections of the washed ginger root. Pieces that are about 1/4 inch in thickness are good.
2. Put the ginger pieces in a big sauce pan and add cold water about half way up the sides of the pan.
3. Simmer on a very low boil for about 20 minutes or more. Make sure the water does not boil away or get too low.
4. Let the tea cool in the pan. When it’s cool, remove the ginger pieces and discard them.
5. Pour the tea into a container to keep in the refrigerator.
5. When you want tea, heat a cup of it in the microwave. If it’s too strong for you, you can make it with half water, etc. When it’s hot you can drink it straight or add sweetener to taste. I love it with honey, but sugar tastes good too. Honey is a natural
germ fighter, so it adds some extra power.
When I drink this near bedtime I sleep so well. It’s amazing, but I could breathe beautifully all night long. As a matter of fact, I don’t think my nasal passages had ever been that clear in my life! Ginger is supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties, so that makes sense. Try it!
I don’t know if it’s safe for kids; ask your doctor’s office. I have read that honey should not be given to kids younger than three years.
Don’t return to your full schedule of activities just because you can walk around.
You know you need to rest so your body can fight off the germs. When you can barely roll out of bed and stand on your feet it’s not a problem getting enough rest. As soon as you start feeling better you are so glad that you could tend to overdo. Take your cues from how clearly you can think. When your brain seems back to normal you can start doing more. Just be sure to take breaks and rest again.
Keep Eating Healthy Foods as Best You Can
This is so much easier if you have someone who is not sick to keep feeding you. When the whole household is sick, it helps if you can call on friends and family to bring you food.
Mary’s Tuscan Vegetable Soup is full of nutritious vegetables to fight off viruses. It’s great to make ahead and keep in the freezer to use when cold and flu season hits.
There is nothing wrong with eating just canned soup for a while, but you need more than that over time to get your strength back.
Check out my post 10 Things I Learned from Being Sick. It’s full of quick meals that take almost no time to assemble. They are great to make when you almost can’t do anything. Included: ways to stockpile your freezer to be ready in case sickness hits your house.
Unfortunately so many people are sick right now. I hope you don’t catch any of it. If you are healthy perhaps you can call your friends, family, and neighbors to see if they need anything. You could make twice the amount of what you are cooking for dinner and take them some. If we all help each other a bit, we’ll get through this better!
Click here for a great tutorial to make crystallized ginger. It’s easy to make and is a wonderful treat that many find soothing for a sore throat and may shorten your cold. Plus they are delicious. You can make them for very little money and they are pricey if you buy them. Make them ahead of time and keep in a tin for when you need them. Some people won’t travel without them!
You can even grow an endless supply of ginger indoors: