Thursday, December 27, 2012

"The purpose of life is not to be happy..."

The Benefits of Ginger Root Tea

I've been wanting to write this post for a long time now. I was inspired by my brother, who recently injured his knee, and has been taking herbal supplements to relieve the inflammation. I did some research and most people don't start benefiting from herbs until around 2 months after continued dosage. I can testify to this because I was taking an herb, called feverfew, a while back. I was having these crazy migraines and it seemed that Excedrin migraine was the only thing I tried that actually worked. If you know me, you know that I don't really like to take over-the-counter medicine, unless I'm desperate. I drink a lot of tea anyway, so I decided to look for an herb I can steep. The quickest thing I could find was an herb called Feverfew in capsule form. I took it until it ran out, and sure enough my headaches went away and didn't come back for a long time; even after I was finished taking the capsules. I don't think I've taken that herb in a few years and I still don't have very many migraines.

That's great incentive to try and stay healthy by incorporating herbal tea dosages into my diet. I wanted to provide the benefits of ginger root tea to encourage my brother, Lamar, and anyone else who may be interested drinking it.

The benefits of ginger root:
  • pain reliever
  • relieves symptoms of nausea/ stops vomiting
  • relieves menstrual cramps /anti spasmodic pro
  • relieves cold and flu - having a hot cup makes the body sweat, which breaks the fever and dispels pathogens.
  • relieves gas and digestive problems/ relaxes the intestinal muscles
  • aids in secretion of digestive fluids
  • relieves headaches and migraines
  • provides relief from rheumatoid arthritis 
  • known to have anti- cancerous properties, which prevents cancer by destroying cancerous cells
  • induces cell death in ovarian cancer
  • prevents colon cancer
  • reduces the incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage)
  • considered the best home remedy for asthma
  • removes bad cholesterol from the body
  • reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • aids in weight loss
  • helps carry waste out of the body (detox)
  • relieves depression, anxiety, and stress
  • freshens breath
Here's some bonus facts I found from topical use of ginger on your skin:
  • Improves skin tone
    • fights skin-damaging free radicals
    • promotes smoothness and evenness of skin tone
  • Lightens age spots
  • Energizing when used as aromatherapy
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Acne & blemish fighting
    • Anti-septic (kills bacteria)
    • Anti- inflammatory
Here's a pic of my dried ginger root stash, although the best way to have it is in the fresh root form. I usually just get that from the grocery store. I use this for convenience and if I want to mix different herbal blends together.

If you're wondering where I order my herbs, go here:

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