Winter Remedy: Lemon & Ginger
I used to be one of those people who gets every sniffle, cold or illness that I came into contact with – not great when you spend five years working in the childcare sector (my previous career) – but these days, things are different.
A few years ago, I got into the habit of drinking lemon & ginger tea, daily, during winter and colder weather. I started using it to boost my sluggish circulation and help keep my body temperature up, but it had extra benefits to me, as well – mainly the fact that it kept my immune system strong and healthy.
Benefits of lemon & ginger
There are many benefits to be gained from these wonderful natural ingredients. Here are a few of my favourites...
1. Boosts your immune system
This is because of the presence of high levels of anti-oxidants in ginger, plus lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C. In the onset of cold and flu, the lemon & ginger tea can act as an effective anti-biotic. But it’s not just colds and flu that this tea deals with; the bioflavonoids that lemons contain help to prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading. The anti-oxidants in the lemons help in reducing inflammation and arthritis symptoms.
The powerful anti-oxidants can reduce free radicals in the body. Ginger also increases blood circulation in the body that is vital for optimum health.
2. Offers relief from nausea and indigestion
Ginger has long been known to settle an upset stomach (I can remember my Mum force-feeding me gingernut biscuits to ward-off travel sickness during car journeys when I was a child). Now I know that if I get a motion sickness, I can drink a cup of lemon & ginger tea prior to travel as prevention. It can also help cure the vomiting related to chemotherapy and pregnancy.
The ginger and lemon in the tea lowers the chances of heartburn and indigestion.
It causes the food to be better absorbed by the body and prevents belching and bloating after eating too much. It improves your appetite as well.
3. Great for skin and hair
As I mentioned, lemon & ginger tea is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins which are beneficial to skin, hair and health. This tea helps to improve your digestion which helps you towards smooth and flawless skin. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties protect your skin from infections. Vitamin A and C are recommended in plenty for those with hair issues, as they combat the production of DHT in the scalp that in turn triggers hair growth.
A vitamin and anti-oxidant rich drink like lemon & ginger tea can help you overcome hair problems in an easy and natural way.
Making lemon & ginger tea
It really couldn’t be simpler…
- Boil some water in the kettle
- Once boiled, allow the kettle to sit for a couple of minutes.
- In this time, cut 3 or 4 slices of fresh ginger root and 1 slice of fresh lemon. Place these ingredients in a cup.
- Pour the hot water into the cup over the fresh ingredients
- Allow the tea to brew (and cool slightly) for a few minutes, then enjoy.
- You might also like to add half a teaspoon of raw honey for a little added sweetness.
You can, of course, buy lemon & ginger tea in ready-made teabags, but I always prefer to make my own using fresh ingredients because you get the ingredients at their most potent that way.