For the past week I have been doing an experiment with fresh ginger root to cure my back pain and muscle strain in order to avoid popping Advil or Naproxen everyday. Since the NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) were hardly effective, I looked to nature for a different answer.
Ever since I began making batches of ginger tea last Friday, March 21st, my body has gone through an extensive healing process. My sore and tense muscles have relaxed and restored themselves to a state of calm and contentment. Due to overuse at work ( lifting), and heightened stress and anxiety, I suffered random aches all over my body: My back, ribs, sternum, chest wall, feet, etc for the past 2 weeks. I tried all kinds of creams, rubs, hot packs and cold packs. The only thing that really helped was this beautiful plant.
So now I’ll show you how to make some ginger tea of your own.
Grab a chunk of ginger root, peel it and mince it up. I usually use about 2 tablespoons because I like it a bit strong, but you can decrease the amount to your liking. The spicyness sometimes scares people off, but I like it because I know it’s working.
Fill a pot of water, about 10 ounces and add the minced ginger. You can add another type of tea such as chai or green tea, and a sweetener such as honey or stevia to the pot. I always make it strong because I prefer it that way. I wouldn’t recommend adding white sugar, because I find that it defeats ginger’s healing purpose and increases inflammation in my body, making me all achy and stressed. I don’t know if this is scientifically proven, it’s just from my personal experience. Sugar always declares war on my body and also makes me tired. It’s kind of evil, hence my limited sugar diet.
Bring the water to a boil, lower heat and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
Place a strainer or colander over a coffee cup, scoop the tea out of the pot and pour it over the strainer until the cup is full. Enjoy! I recommend making batches of tea a day or two ahead of time and concealing it in a glass container or jar in the refrigerator.
Ginger is perfectly safe to eat raw, which some people do, but the taste can be quite strong and unpleasant. Check with your doctor to see if any of your medications interact with taking ginger regularly.