Ginger tea to the rescue..
Not just any ginger tea but THE BEST you'll Ever Have ...
Prepare yourself for the best combo ever.
A powerful combination that will beat any inflammation and optimize your internal health.
Ginger is not only well known for it's uses in asian cooking but it's also well know for it's medicinal uses in Chinese Medicine and ayuverdic practices. An old Indian proverb says that “everything good is found in ginger.” And I believe it. I'm absolutely fascinated by Ayuverdic practices as well as Chinese medicine. They know what they're doing.. It's one of the oldest medicinal foods around and for good reason so I usually drink a cup every morning to soothe my stomach. Theres different ways of making ginger tea and one way ( the simple way) is to slice or smash up a piece of ginger, add it to your pot of boiling hot water and let is simmer for 5 min and serve. Another way to do it, depending on how potent you want it, is to grade a piece of ginger, boil it and then sift it. Personally this just takes too long for me, let's keep it simple shall we ;)
I could go down a whole list of reasons as to why it's a good idea to drink ginger tea..
And so I guess I will :)
- It's a wonderful remedy to help improve your digestion which is why I like to drink it on an empty stomach in the morning but it's also beneficial to drink before your meals to get the bowel movements going. If you deal with constipation I'd recommend trying to up your consumption of ginger before reaching for any western medication. If you know me, then you know I'm all about using food as medicine and don't reach for any western medication unless shit really hits the fan!
- It also reduces inflammation which is another reason why I've regained my passion for this little root ever since my back wen't crazy on me. I've been indulging in anything anti-inflammatory I could get my hands on and ginger along with turmeric are on the top of my list.
- This little magic root is also an excellent remedy to cure anything that has to do with nausea and vomiting, especially morning sickness. - I know some of you are cheering for the babies to be coming soon but we're not quite there yet, haha ;P If you're getting motion sickness ( or morning sickness) and can't really brew a cup of fresh ginger tea, grab your ginger essential oil.. It works just as well :)
- It's said to lower blood pressure and improve heart diseases as well as brain function and potentially cure migraines.
- There's also lot's of studies done on the effect of curing cancer and many other diseases etc but I'm not going to go down those rabbit wholes in this blog..
So basically I don't just love it because it reconnects me to my asian roots, lol.. But because this is an incredibly powerful superfood. My advice is to always have some fresh ginger in your fridge as it's benefits are many. To me, making a cup of tea is the easiest way to consume it but if you're really sick, I'd recommend smashing up a little bit and swallowing it. Using dried powder is also a good way to add the spice in your food but personally I always prefer to use fresh produce. And if you're out and about, make sure to have some ginger essential oil on you.
It's hard to find someone who doesn't like the taste of vanilla and for most of us, it's just a bean that taste really good when mixed with ice cream, custards or muffins. Yeah.. I know.. Vanilla is well know all over the world and most commonly in sweet deserts that make us all drool and feel guilty for even looking at it. But what you might not know is that as well as ginger, this lille gem is another great remedy for treating inflammation and nausea. Pretty amazing, huh.. It's also great for keeping your mental health in check as it's claimed to improve your brain function. And on top of that, vanilla is rich in antioxidants that keep your skin young and healthy.
But but but... Not all vanilla is created equally. When I first arrived to the states I was surprised to see just HOW MUCH MORE expensive vanilla is here compared to Denmark. It's almost a joke.. I still don't get it. But either way. I know this little bean can be super expensive here and this is one of those times where it's NOT a good idea to reach for the cheapest brand to save money. (actually I don't think that's ever a good idea) But watch out for 'natural flavoring' as 'natural' can be something very NOT natural and can cause a lot more harm that good. Go for a good quality natural and pure vanilla with nothing added.
Making the tea
Down to business... I have a bag of raw vanilla so I choose to not boil it with the ginger. If this is the case for you as well, poor your freshly brewed ginger tea in a cup and add a dash of vanilla and you're good to go.
If you choose to use vanilla pods which I sometimes do when I have it.. Cut an inch or 2 off, slice it down the middle and scrape out the beans and cook it all together and then serve!
Simple and healthy, Enjoy :)