Blacks and Health: A Natural Way to Heal Part 8
The first time I tasted ginger, my heart sped up and I began to sweat. Then, an incredible warmth overcame me and I felt wonderful. The power of ginger has had me hooked for decades. This spicy, delicious root is as old as time. Cousins of this root are cardamom and turmeric. I actually grated this and use it in my humidifier in the spring to combat my allergies.
Ginger, in the Caribbean and Africa, is dried and sweetened with honey/ molasses and sold as ginger “candy.” Pastries and teas are a BIG export using this aromatic plant, especially Jamaican Ginger Beer. The health benefits for this root are:
It thins the blood, preventing blood clots
Helps with nausea/ seasickness/ morning sickness
Poor circulation or “colds hands and feet”
I make ginger iced tea year round. Here is my simple recipe:
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
Boil about 2-3 cups water and add ginger and peppermint leaves. Let seep for 15 minutes. Add honey and fresh lemon slices when cooled.
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