The change in weather and heavy rains have reminded me of a simple remedy for keeping healthy. A patient came in today talking about how she was “bone cold.” It’s true: the rain and wind can trigger a bone-chilling feeling. When I get that feeling, I turn to ginger root.
Ah, the wonderful world of ginger root! It’s a good friend to many in New England during the fall and winter months. Ginger does a lovely job of helping to kick out the chill and warm up your body. I often tell my patients if they feel like they’re coming down with a cold and can’t make it in for a treatment, do the following:
- Buy a hunk of organic ginger
- Slice off 10-12 twelve pieces, roughly the size and width of a quarter (see photo above)
- Add 20-30 ounces of water to a small pot or tea kettle
- Toss in the ginger
- Bring the water to a low boil, cover it up and continue to boil for 10-15 minutes
The result should be a bit spicy. You can always mix in honey to sweeten it up if you wish, or just add a bit of water if it’s too spicy. Sip this elixir throughout out the next day or two, and make more as needed. You’ll be feeling better in no time.