As suggested in the "Natural Cures" post… a ginger tea recipe and a little info on ginger!
Ginger is a favorite of mine. It has been used for thousands of years and is known to exert plentiful pharmacological and physiological actions that treat a variety of ailments. Benefits include anti-inflammatory effects by suppresses Cox-2 subsequently inhibiting prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis. Also research shows ginger is as effective for nausea associated with pregnancy, chemotherapy and surgery related nausea better than other options and is found to be safe. Ginger is known to be a potent antioxidant, shown to reduce cholesterol and lipid metabolism, decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and there has been a marked increase in the area of cancer prevention.
While the why’s and how’s remain unknown the evidence is there supporting the diverse properties and the safety and effectiveness of ginger. When a patient tells me they feel like they might be coming down with something this ginger tea is something I suggest.
Here is an excerpt from an herbal medicine book with great info about ginger: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/
1-quart spring water
1 and a half lemons
1/2 to 1 cup honey (or to your taste)
1/2 - 1 Serrano or Habanero pepper – deseeded if less heat is desired… choose based on how much heat you like.
Cut the ginger root on the bias very thin. Slice the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the water/ginger mixture then slice the remaining lemons very thin and add to the mixture with skin on. Bring to a boil then turn off… add 1/2 to 1 cup honey (or to your taste) and either Serrano or Habanero or other similar pepper cut into a few pieces… then add it to the ginger tea. Cover and steep 20 min. Enjoy. Leave the left over on the stove covered and reheat and use as desired.