Ginger is known for its many health benefits among them as an anti inflammatory, an anti nausea cure and an anti bacterial just to name a few. That is why we always have this root medicinal on hand. Gingerol, the medicinal substance found in raw ginger is a potent anti bacterial and anti inflammatory agent therefore can reduce colds and flu duration.
Anytime we feel a sore throat coming on we brew up a hot pot of the golden elixir of fresh lemon wedges and freshly grated ginger and simmer it on the stove top for 5 – 10 minutes.
In a medium pot on medium high heat:
Boil 8 cups of filtered water
1 large 2 inch piece of freshly grated ginger (use a microplane or chopped fine)
Add the juice of 2 lemons
Add 1/2 chopped fresh lemon wedges
*Add organic honey*
Simmer for 5 – 10 minutes. Using a fine mesh sieve pour into a large mug. You can strain the remainder of the tea into a jug and refrigerate for later use.
** Using a microplane will virtually juice the ginger in the tea. It will be hot, spicy and pungent. Add organic honey to taste.
Curcumin (Turmeric) – The first line of defense!
A few years back while I was doing the evening dishes some plates and bowls were slipping easily out of my hands. While drying my hands I noticed a hard bump close to the knuckle on my index finger. On the opposite hand another hard nodule in between my index and middle fingers. After several day of stiff hands and having butter fingers I found a hand doctor immediately and booked an appointment for consultation along with x-rays. He told me that what I had were bone spurs, which probably formed from pressure or rubbing. These painful bumps were a precursor to osteoarthritis. Yikes!! If things got worse down the road we’d look at surgery but for now there was nothing to do. The thought of undergoing surgery and cutting open both hands someday just didn’t sound very appealing. After consulting my holistic doctor and chiropractor I decided to treat alternatively first before thinking about surgery. My chiropractor recommended Ayurvedic treatment of massaging as many times a day with a cold pressed (untoasted) sesame oil treatment. He said this would over time break down the spur and restore flexibility. My holistic doctor put me on a twice daily dose of turmeric tea along with Curcumin pills (turmeric).
Here is our recipe for turmeric tea:
4 cups of filtered water
2 tablespoons of organic ground turmeric
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of ground clove
1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
Simmer the spices in the 4 cups of water in a pot on the stove top until it comes to a slow boil. Reduce heat and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Using a fine mesh stainless steel strainer pour 1 – 2 cups in a large mug. Once cooled, strain the remainder of the tea into a glass container to reserve for later.
Add almond milk and organic honey to your hot turmeric tea to taste. Drink one turmeric tea in the morning and one before bed.
In addition to the tea I began taking Dr. Danielle’s Turmeric Curcumin capsules daily. They are organic, vegetable capsules and I found them on Amazon.
Within 6 months of starting my treatments my bone spurs disappeared completely and haven’t returned. I still take my turmeric capsules as curcumin is great for any inflammation in the body.
You may be able to find curcumin (turmeric) capsules at your local health food store or you can find it here: