Warming Ginger Tea

By Dr. Sharina Brothers

Ginger is a spicy root that's perfect during cooler months. It soothes the tummy, aides digestion and supports circulation. Ginger can be used in dried, powdered spice form or prepared with the fresh root, and its uses go way beyond pumpkin pie. You can also think of ginger for:

Cold hands and feet - when you, your significant other, or your child curls up with you and those feet are Brrr, cold!

Motion sickness on sea, land or air

Nausea of pregnancy

Sluggish digestion

Hydrochloric acid deficiency

Inflammation

Abdominal gas and/or bloating

Atherosclerosis

 

Ginger makes a delicious and warming tea. Here's how to prepare a cup:

Ginger Infusion


Wash and chop up 1 - 3 teaspoons of fresh root, depending on how strong you like your ginger tea. Add this to approximately 2 cups of water in a pot, cover, and bring to a light boil. Turn temperature down so water is simmering. Simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes. Strain, add honey or your preferred sweetener (or try a touch of lemon), and drink. Drink 2-3 cups of tea daily for those cold hands and feet.  TIP: For nausea, try making ginger tea ice cubes to suck on.

If, however, you are suffering from nausea that is so bad you are unable to eat or drink, except for ice cubes, I recommend an immediate visit with your doctor. Likewise, avoid ginger in the following cases until you have consulted with your naturopathic doctor:

History of gallstones
Acute ulcers or gastritis
Bleeding issues

Ginger can be a powerful herbal ally, whether alone or combined with other herbs. If you have questions about whether it may serve you, feel free to ask your naturopathic doctor. 

 

Dr. Sharina Brothers

Dr. Sharina Brothers

Dr. Brothers is a registered naturopathic doctor in Minnesota and is also a Washington State board licensed naturopathic doctor. During the five years of naturopathic medical training at the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, she was trained to the highest standards as a primary care doctor with intensive hands-on clinical practice that included naturopathic physical manipulation and craniosacral training.

 
Posted on February 22, 2017 and filed under Recipes, Naturopathic Medicine.