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Old 01-10-2005, 04:05 PM   #1
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Warm Ginger Cola for Cold Symptoms

I have tried this and it works. It was from a magazine article about Chinese therapy with herbs. It stated that it is commonly used in China when sniffles first appear as a symptom of a cold.

WARM GINGER COLA

1 12 ounce can/bottle cola
4 (1/4 inch) slices fresh ginger
1 to 2 Tbs packed brown sugar
4 thin slices of fresh lemon

Place cola, ginger adn brown sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil gently for 10 minutes. Pour into a cup, add lemon slices and serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

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Old 01-27-2005, 02:18 PM   #2
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Yes to GINGER !

One of the very first remedies I learned from our naturopath way back in the early nineties was how to make ginger tea - it helps not only to ease cold symptoms but with any ailment related to digestion as well; ginger is a natural antibiotic. Its action starts in the mouth and it destroys bacteria all the way down into the intestines.

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Ginger Tea

Boil 48 oz freshly drawn cold water.

Pour over a piece of peeled chopped fresh ginger root (at least the size of an average adult thumb) and let seep ten minutes.

Add 1 to 2 tblsp honey, to taste.

Strain and drink one cup every hour or so.
Store in regrigerator.

One can also prepare the ginger all at once and freeze it to shorten prep time of the tea. It can be infused 12 minutes from the frozen state.

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Digestive System Disorders

Ginger is a valuable drug for disorders of the digestive system. It is extremely useful in dyspepsia, flatulence, colic, vomiting, spasms and other painful affections be the stomach and the bowels. Chewing a piece of fresh ginger after meals regularly is an insurance against these ailments. This protective action is attributable to excessive secretion of saliva, diastate enzyme and volatile oil.

Half a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, mixed with one teaspoonful of each of fresh lime juice and fresh mint juice and a tablespoonful of honey, constitutes an effective medicine for dyspepsia, nausea and vomiting due to a biliousness, indigestion caused by intake of heavy non-vegetarian and fried fatty food, morning sickness, jaundice and piles. This mixture should be sucked thrice daily in the treatment of these conditions.

Cough and Cold

Ginger is an excellent remedy for coughs and colds. Extracted juice of ginger with honey should be taken three or four times a day in case of coughs. In case of colds, ginger should be cut into small pieces and boiled in a cup of water. It should then be strained and half a teaspoon of sugar added to it .It should be drunk while hot. Ginger tea, prepared by adding few pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding tea leaves, is also an effective remedy for colds and for fevers resulting from cold

Respiratory Disorders

A teaspoonful of the fresh ginger juice mixed with a cupful of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste is an excellent diaphoratic mixture which increases sweating to reduce fever in influenza. It acts as an expectorant in bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough and tuberculosis of the lungs.

Aches and Pains

Ginger is an excellent pain killer. It can cure all types of pain. In headache, ginger ointment made by rubbing dry ginger with a little water and applied to the forehead affords relief. It allays tooth ache when applied to the face. In case of earache, a few drops of ginger juice will give relief.

Sexual Debility

Ginger juice is a valuable aphrodisiac. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of sexual weakness. For better results, half a teaspoon of ginger juice should be taken with a half-boiled egg and honey, once, daily at night for a month. It tones up the sex centuries and cures impotency, premature ejaculation, spermatorrhoea.

Menstrual Disorders

Ginger is also useful in menstrual disorders. A piece of fresh ginger should be pounded and boiled in a cupful of water for few minutes. The infusion sweetened with sugar should be taken thrice daily after meals as a medicine for dysmenorrhoea, and amenorrhoea due to exposure to cold winds and taking cold bath.

Uses

In western countries, it is widely used for culinary purposes in gingerbread, biscuits, cakes, puddings, soups and pickles. But it is used as curry powder all over the world. Ginger is the most widely-used spice in Chinese cookery. It is used in the production of ginger beer, ginger ale and ginger wine. It was formerly much used for spicing wines, possets and porter, the last one often being stirred with a red-hot poker.
from: http://www.indiangyan.com/books/heal...l/ginger.shtml
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Old 01-27-2005, 03:22 PM   #3
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when my stomach is upset, i don't take medicine, i just mix powdered ginger, honey and a little water and heat it up and drink it. it works really well and very fast.
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Old 01-27-2005, 04:48 PM   #4
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Re: Yes to GINGER !

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One of the very first remedies I learned from our naturopath way back in the early nineties was how to make ginger tea - it helps not only to ease cold symptoms but with any ailment related to digestion as well; ginger is a natural antibiotic. Its action starts in the mouth and it destroys bacteria all the way down into the intestines.
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Thanks Charlotte for this info. I am interested in naturopath, and other natural means of medicine as I do not take any chemicals. Vinegar as similar qualities, but ginger tastes much better. Thanks so much.
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Glad to have helped! I paid lots to get info from the naturopath so I pass it on Freely when I get the chance...
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Back in the olden days, when, trust me, ginger wasn't in every grocery store, my mom used to always make us ginger tea when we had colds.

start with:

1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp honey
3/4 cup hot water
and for those who like it , a touch of milk or cream (never a milk lover, mom didn't put the milk in mine)

I still make this when my husband or I have colds, and it still has the same effect. It breaks up the chest congestion, settles tummies, clears the head. Make up a cup and taste it; I actually use more ginger (this is the "for children" version), and as I said, no milk. Use more honey if you like sweet. Hot honey is great for your throat. If you have a choice, buy a local honey!

Oh, by the way, that last gulp, if you have the nerve to drink it, will drive satan himself from your body!!!
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Old 02-03-2005, 04:42 AM   #7
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Thanks norgeskog for the Warm Ginger Cola recipe, and for posting your recipe Claire! I will sure give them both a try. Also appreciate the other posts - great info!
Here is another remedy from Dr. Weil. Haven't been sick since I got the recipe, so haven't tried it yet and frankly, the cayenne pepper is a little scary...


Dealing with Chest Congestion?

To help relieve head and chest congestion, as well as malaise and chills, try this powerful tea:
grate a one-inch piece of fresh peeled ginger root.
Place it in a pot with two cups of cold water, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for five minutes.
Add one half-teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or more or less to taste) and simmer one minute more.
Remove from heat.
Add two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, honey to taste, and one or two cloves of mashed garlic.
Let cool slightly and strain if desired.
Then get under some warm covers and enjoy.


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Back in the olden days, when, trust me, ginger wasn't in every grocery store, my mom used to always make us ginger tea when we had colds.

start with:

1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp honey
3/4 cup hot water
and for those who like it , a touch of milk or cream (never a milk lover, mom didn't put the milk in mine)

I still make this when my husband or I have colds, and it still has the same effect. It breaks up the chest congestion, settles tummies, clears the head. Make up a cup and taste it; I actually use more ginger (this is the "for children" version), and as I said, no milk. Use more honey if you like sweet. Hot honey is great for your throat. If you have a choice, buy a local honey!

Oh, by the way, that last gulp, if you have the nerve to drink it, will drive satan himself from your body!!!
Thanks Claire, that sounds easy and very good. Sometimes I run out of fresh ginger, but I always have some of the powdered.
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This is a great thread! Thought I'd bump it up since it's cold season, and well I have one (boo!).

Any other home remedies or recipes?
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Great bump! I LOVE ginger! It has so many uses and we always have a fresh root at home! I like it freshly grated in hot water with lemon and honey! It is also great to drink a strong ginger tea in a very hot bath if you want to "sweat it out". I also drink it during juice fasts for nausea and detox symptoms. ok, I will stop!
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