Asians have been enhancing food and beverages with ginger since ancient times. A pungent spice the taste is hot but it causes superficial blood vessels to dilate so that at first you perspire and then feel cool. The root of a tropical plant, it has many health qualities highly regarded in ayurveda as it works on all the tissues, but is especially stimulating to agni. Sipping on Ginger Tea throughout the day is an all-natural and inexpensive way to cleanse ama from your system. Sip on it as hot as you can stand about every 30 minutes to an hour to help facilitate in weight loss. It may seem like a small chore at first, but soon you will look forward to it. Your cravings for sweets will start to subside and as you become more balanced you will want to start eating healthier. I like to take a thermos of it to work or if I’m at home I make a coffeepot full, so the burner will keep it warm. Just run water through the pot and throw a few slices of ginger in it. I also have a very special tea- cup just for my ginger tea. Making it a special holistic treat with a high level of antioxidants. After all ginger is very calming to the nervous system. But at the same time very energizing. It is a natural healer that stimulates blood circulation. Diabetic patients could benefit from ginger. Women especially benefit from ginger, as it is a great treatment for menstrual camps, heavy flow, fatigue, and even migraines. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. If you have a cold it rids sinus cavities of mucus and lungs of phlegm. It is also anti-viral. It soothes sore throats and vocal chords if you have laryngitis. It relieves constipation and gases too. Don’t use if you have bleeding conditions or ulcers. It also thins the blood better than aspirin. So the next time you’re in the produce section of your local supermarket grab some. It should be firm and knobby with no soft spots. Avoid old wrinkled pieces. I like to look for it at farmers market’s where it is very fresh and smells so great, kind of like lemon. Also Oriental markets and Indian grocers carry it. Store in a cool dry place like you would garlic or refrigerate if you prefer.

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