Most health practitioners believe that the common cold is simply caused by a virus, and as such, it is self-limiting. Quite a few will advise patients to just take a lot of fluids, and let the ailment take its course. In many instances, however, ginger comes to fore as a natural remedy. Ginger cold remedy can help individuals weather the running nose, the fever, the sore throat, and the other inconveniences that come with a cold.
The medicinal properties of ginger are not mere myths. These come from its active ingredients called “gingerols.” It is a chemical component derived from the root’s resin and which is responsible for its spiciness and odor.
Gingerols have been clinically evaluated, and research has shown that they have anti-oxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Because people with colds usually have inflamed throats and nasal passages, taking ginger can help provide relief.
Here are several ways you can put that ginger root to good use when someone in your household has the sniffles.
To produce a strong delicious tea to last you a day (or two), simply wash a large knob of this herb and cut it into thin slices. Boil the slices in four to five cups of water, allowing the water to boil for a few minutes. Bring the temperature down to a slow simmer for about twenty minutes, and you are done.
To each cup of ginger tea, add some honey or brown sugar for a hint of sweetness and a bit of lemon for some tartness and flavor. This concoction will not only help relieve inflamed throat and sinuses; it will also taste so good you may want to take it even when you don’t have a cold.
To make a juice that will help you live through your cold, take about half a pound of ginger and cut it into thin slices. To this, add two sliced lemons, half a cup of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Leave the mixture overnight in a glass bowl covered with plastic wrap or a damp cloth.
After the mixture has soaked, use a wooden spoon to mash everything together. Add five glasses of hot water and mix everything until all ingredients are well combined. Using a sieve, transfer the juice to a pitcher. Cool and season to taste with more sugar if necessary. This is a drink that will refresh while flooding you with antioxidants.
You can also opt for candied ginger to relieve the sore throat that usually comes with a cold. This pungent, spicy treat is commercially available in groceries, but you can also make some of your own. Candied ginger is quite easy to make. Simply boil thin slices of ginger and when these are done, cook them in syrup made with enough water to cover and an equal amount of sugar. Boil the mixture while stirring frequently and dry the individual pieces on a wire rack.
Now, if you like hot and spicy food, you can take your ginger cold remedy in an even simpler way. Just go ahead and clean a piece of ginger, pound it a bit to soften it, and chew on it and enjoy.