Ginger is my go-to herb of choice. I prefer ginger to analgesics, and have been known to carry raw ginger in my purse. It’s a great anti-inflammatory, immunity booster, and is wonderful for digestion. Helpful for breaking up colds, coughs, and phlegm, you’ll want to keep ginger around all winter.
In Ayurveda, ginger is used to stoke a low appetite, ease indigestion, and help with gas. It’s useful for stimulating circulation and for moving toxins through the body. My favorite way of taking ginger is in a tea form. You can drink this before or after meals, and throughout the day depending on your personal needs.
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger (or approximately the size of your thumb)
- 3 cups of water
Wash the ginger, peel if you wish, and thinly slice it. Add the ginger to the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Vata- Feel free to add some honey to the tea once it has cooled.
Pitta- If your pitta dosha is out of balance only have a small amount of this tea, as it can be too heating for you if taken in excess.
Kapha- The pungent taste of this tea will be particularly good for you.
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Yes I love ginger too! I find that fresh ginger works best for breaking up phlegm, colds, etc. And powdered ginger in some hot water (like a tea) is great for easing digestion