With the change in weather, comes common cold. Seasonal colds and allergic colds are certainly not the same as allergic ones are caused year round due to dust, pollen grains etc. Another such problem is migraines that cause a headache and temporary blindness in severe cases. Ginger is effective for these two problems and regular usage of the herb has long term effects. Here are several ways to use ginger for common cold and migraine:
ACV GINGER DRINK
To make this, you need 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1inch ginger sliced and 1 cup water. Add ginger slices to a cup of hot water and steep for 5 mins. Strain and add vinegar and honey to it. Drink hot in the morning and evening for cold and cough and once a day for a migraine. More: 4 cold fighting hot drink recipes >>
Migraine suffers may find relief with ginger tea. Ginger appears to block the effects of prostaglandins, substances that may cause inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, leading to migraines. To make ginger tea, simply boil 1-inch ginger in one cup water and drink it warm. You can also add honey to it if you wish. More: Benefits of ginger >>
Ginger bath is a great remedy to fight cold/cough and the ginger-infused steam from hot water helps with the inflammation related to migraine too. Add 1 cup each of baking soda and Epsom salt to a bathtub filled half with warm water. Mix in 3 tsp of ground ginger and stir thoroughly with your hand. Mix in a few drops of lavender oil to this mixture. Soak about half an hour to eliminate the accumulated toxins and decongest yourself. More: Baths for cold >>
To make delicious ginger milk, you need 1 cup whole milk, 1 tablespoon white/brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or ginger powder. Combine milk, sugar, and ground ginger in a saucepan; cook over medium heat until milk becomes foamy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a mug. Consume warm. More: Use ginger as medicine >>
Regular consumption of ginger rice prevents colds and coughs and keeps migraines at bay. Cook basmati rice. When you take the lid off the pan, quickly stir in finely chopped garlic, little ginger powder, green chillies and fresh cilantro leaves- the burst of flavour and fragrance will drive your senses crazy with desire! Not only will it improve the taste of rice but will also improve your immunity and prevent cold and migraine.
Caution – Certain groups of people should avoid ginger consumption as it can interact with other medication and can worsen certain health conditions. If you taking any medications then kindly consult with your doctor before making any changes in your diet.