According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine, each food that we consume has individual properties that can act in a specific way on our health.
The food that we consume can help us rebalance the body and treat different health problems.
During the colder winter months, we should replace the fresh foods of summer (salad greens, cucumbers, watermelon, and tomatoes) with warming, nourishing foods of winter (spices like ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and all the soups and warm drinks).
Ginger: A Wonderful Warming Spice
- Ginger is definitely one of the most beneficial spices ever. It provides plenty of health benefits and it is especially useful for people suffering from cold symptoms. People who are cold all the time can experience aches and pains such as sore lower back and knees.
- They can also experience looser bowels, low energy, edema, swelling, a constant running or drippy nose and frequent urge to go pee (during the night). Drinking dried ginger tea or adding dried ginger to the meals can effectively treat all of these problems.
- Ginger is also very beneficial for people suffering from a ‘cold wind patter’. These people are suffering from a common cold that exhibits more cold signs that hot ones: chills but no fever, running nose that is clear watery mucus with lots of sneezing.
Note: Ginger is not recommended for people suffering from a sore throat, thick yellow mucus or fever. In that case, you will need a cooling spice like peppermint.
- To treat these problems, you should consume the ginger in its fresh/raw form. Add fresh grated or sliced ginger in a hot water with a bit of raw honey and lemon and you will see amazing results!
- You can also try this incredible soup. It is very easy and simple to prepare and will do wonders for your health! You will no longer need to be afraid of the cold season!
Ginger Soup To Kick That Cold To The Curb
- 1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger(sliced thinly)
- 4 green onions (sliced into medium sized pieces)
- 1-2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped (you can also use a garlic press).
- 6 cups Chicken bone broth (you can also use regular chicken stock)
- In a pot, add the garlic, onions, ginger, and mushrooms (optional) and add a small amount of broth.
- Let it simmer until the ingredients are softened. Then, add the rest of the stock and bring to a boil.
- Make sure to reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Consume it throughout the day and you will feel better!
- You can store this broth/soup in the fridge for a few days. If you like some extra heat, you can eat the ginger pieces.
- If you want, feel free to add some other vegetables. However, make sure not to add too much salt!
- Add in 4-5 pieces of Astragalus to the broth. It can boost your energy (qi) and immune system
- Use dried or fresh mushrooms to add an extra boost for your Qi.
Organic Chicken Bone Broth
- Organic chicken bones simmered for 24 hrs with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
- You need 12 cups of water for one pound of bones. However, instead of measuring it out, you can also fill the pot to cover the bones.
- Save your bones from a roast or check with your local butcher for chicken backs or ends.
- For a more nutritional boost, save the ends of the vegetables in a bag in the freezer then add them to the stock.
Broth for Vegetarians
- Vegetarians you can make a vegan “bone broth” using vegetable stock or the ends of your veggies simmered for 8-10 hours and adding things like seaweeds, mushrooms, and miso to up the nutrient content.
The Medicine in Your Cup
- With its pungent taste, ginger is especially effective for treating the common cold. It is also very beneficial for your digestive system. It helps with upset stomach, nausea, and appetite.
- It has been shown that garlic has powerful immune-boosting and antibacterial properties. It has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a natural remedy for reducing swelling, removing toxicity and carcinogens, and strengthening the digestive system.
- This warm and pungent herb is perfect for getting rid of the common cold. You can eat it raw or add it to your meals. When combined with ginger, it provides even better results.
- Astragalus Root is easily available at your local herbal store or Chinese market.
- It has potent immune-boosting properties.
- It can boost your energy levels and it is very beneficial for your digestive system.
- Astragalus root is recommended for those who constantly get sick or have a lingering cough.