Tea is often the first thing we reach for when we aren’t feeling well. While green tea has many benefits, sometimes it’s best to go for a caffeine-free herbal option.
This little recipe isn’t just going to make you feel better as you drink it, it’ll continue to fight the underlying cause of your discomfort, whether it be diabetes, a simple cold or menstrual cramps. Plus, you probably already have all the ingredients necessary at home!
Healing Tea Recipe
- A thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 stick of Ceylon cinnamon
- A teaspoon of raw organic honey
- 1 ½ cup of filtered water
- Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- While it heats up, slice the ginger.
- Once your water’s boiling, add the ginger to the saucepan.
- Reduce heat to a simmer.
- Once simmering, add the cinnamon.
- Steep for about 5 minutes.
- Strain into a tall cup of tea bowl.
- Add honey and lemon and stir.
Here are some of the health benefits you get from drinking this healing tea:
As little as 1 gram of cinnamon per day reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels in people wit type 2 diabetes (1). The spice is often used to manage the condition and prevent related complications such as heart disease, vision loss, kidney disease, numbness, stroke (2).
2. Fights The Flu
Ginger has antibacterial and anti-viral properties to fight the cold and flu (3). It also helps relieve inflammation of the lungs and muscle pain associated with the infection.
Honey coats the throat to reduce throat swelling and pain caused by excessive coughing.
3. Eases Menstrual Symptoms
Ginger naturally soothes menstrual cramps by inhibiting the synthesis of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and thromboxanes, which cause the pain and discomfort of menstruation (4,5).
Ginger can also help reduce blood loss in women suffering from HMN (heavy menstrual bleeding) (6).
4. Soothes Nausea
Ginger can help manage migraines, nausea and vomiting (7). It can be safely used to treat motion sickness in children and can even prevent the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy (8). It’s also great for helping digestion and preventing bloating (9).
5. Treats Arthritis
A University of Miami study concluded that ginger extract could one day be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In 247 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo (10).
6. Fights Cancer
Researchers have discovered ginger’s ability to kill cancer cells in two ways: By apoptosis (cancer cell suicide) and autophagy, during which cancer cells are tricked into digesting themselves (11). The spice is currently being studied as a natural treatment for ovarian cancer.
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