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Bbrrrrr…..The ritual of pulling out the warm woollens and thick blankets from the cupboard has begun.
Another ritual I practice in this weather is stocking up on ginger in the pantry. It is around this time of year that I begin to add ginger to many cooking preparations – stir-fry, soups, casseroles and teas.
Traditionally used for over 2000 years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Ginger has long been renowned for its warming properties, providing warmth to the body and relieving cold extremities (cold hands and feet).
The root or rhizome contains most of the Ginger plant's medicinal properties.
Modern herbalists associate the following actions with ginger: carminative (calms the stomach and bowels), antiemetic (soothes or decrease nausea and vomiting), spasmolytic (relieves muscle cramping and spasms in the digestive system) and peripheral circulatory stimulant (enhances the circulation around the body, particularly hands and feet),
Warm the body from the inside out with a cup of ginger tea or soak your feet in a warming ginger foot-bath, or just take 3 Nature’s Sunshine Ginger capsules 2-3 times per day for warmth that lasts all day.
Grate 2 teaspoons of fresh peeled ginger root or open up 3 Nature’s Sunshine Capsules in 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Steep for 10 to15 minutes, then sip and enjoy.
Ginger Foot Bath:
Slice a small fresh ginger root (about 2cm) or open up 3 Nature’s Sunshine Capsules and add to 4 cups of hot boiling water. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Then add this ginger water in your warm foot bath (about 2 litres of water). Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy.