According to ancient Chinese medicine each food acts differently in the body, despite its unique nutritional value. Every person is different from another, and because of that each one of us should recognize the signs of its own body. For that reason, certain foods can very much assist in the treatment of various health issues thus rebalancing the whole body.
What type of food we need to consume very much depends on the season, for instance in wintertime we need to consume nourishing, warmer, and building foods, like soups, warm drinks, and spices, including cumin, ginger, and cinnamon; and when it is summertime we need to consume fresh, cooling summer fruits and vegetables.
Gingerroot is one of the best warming spices in traditional Chinese medicine, perfectly warms up the body and that makes it an ideal spice for wintertime.
Persons that are experiencing cold all the time are more prone to worse pains and aches throughout the winter season than other people. The most common pains they experience are the ones in the lower back and knees. They also suffer from frequent and pale urination and often urge to urinate at night. Furthermore, they suffer from looser bowels and are more susceptible to running or dripping nose, swellings, edema and fatigue. According to Chinese medicine, these types of people will very much benefit from the consumption of dried ginger tea, or if they include this amazing spice in their dishes.
So, persons who frequently struggle with common colds and chills, running nose with clear watery mucus, frequent sneezing, but without the fever than ginger will be very helpful for these conditions. Ginger is an amazing natural ingredient which will solve these issues if it is taken fresh or raw, or you can slice it or grate it and combine it with some raw honey and lemon.
However, if you are having a sore throat and thick yellow mucus or fever, avoid the use of ginger, and instead of ginger use peppermint.
In this post we will present you an incredible recipe for ginger soup which is very helpful during the season of a wind-cold invasion. So, if you experience early signs of cold, prepare it and fight it off before it starts to progress.
Recipe for Ginger Soup
- 1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger(thinly sliced)
- 1-2 garlic cloves (peeled and chopped)
- 4 green onions(sliced into medium sized pieces)
- 6 cups of chicken bone broth
Method of preparation:
Use a pot and include the ginger, garlic, and the onions. For better taste, you can include some fresh mushrooms (like shitake, maitake, etc.). After that, add the little bit of broth, and let it simmer till the ingredients become soft. Next, add the rest of the chicken bone broth and bring it to a boiling point. Then, lower the heat, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
Store the broth in the refrigerator for a few days. You can consume this soup in small amounts during the day, and for better results you can eat the ginger pieces.
Do not use excessive amounts of salt; however you can use and add some other vegetables, such as 4 to 5 pieces of Astragalus, or some dried or fresh mushrooms to boost the taste and its nutritional value.
This soup is really easy to make, all you need is a slow cooker or you can leave it overnight to simmer on the lowest setting possible.
There are more healthy recipes, such as:
- Organic Chicken Bone Broth
You can use the chicken bones from a roast or buy some chicken backs and ends at the butcher’s store. In order to prepare it, simmer a pound of bones in 12 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for 24 hours.
After that, skim off the fat and oil on the surface, strain, and transfer it into a glass jar or just freeze it to use it later.
For this broth, you need to simmer the ends of the vegetables or some vegetable stock for 8-10 hours and include seaweeds, miso, and mushrooms.
Powerful Ingredients Included into Natural Remedies
Make sure to include the following ones:
Garlic is considered to be a super food due to its potent antibacterial and immune boosting properties. Likewise, it enhances the immunity, efficiently detoxifies the body, aids digestion, lowers swellings, and eliminates carcinogens.
As mentioned before it is a warming food that has the ability to successfully treat common colds with chills, alleviates digestive issues, such as upset stomach, nausea, and loss of appetite, and as well as offers many other health advantages.
- Green Onion/Scallion
It is a warm and pungent herb which can deal with common colds, and when combined with ginger, it provides an intense warming effect.
- Astragalus Root
This root contains mild warming features and enhances the immune system, treats lung issues, treats a cough and colds, aids digestion and incorporates incredible energy boosting properties.
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