If you’re in pain, you’re body most likely has some sort of inflammatory process going on. Our bodies release certain inflammatory bio-chemicals to deal with injury and illness, and it’s these same bio-chemicals that irritate nerves and cause pain.
A NORMAL inflammatory response is a good thing, and the pain is often a good thing as well. The inflammation starts the repair & recovery process, and the pain keeps us from wrecking our bodies more.
The problem is that most people have an ELEVATED inflammatory response due to our diets (refined carbs, bad fats, etc.) and lifestyles (too much stress coupled with too little rest). This leads to poor healing, chronic pain, and general dis-ease.
An anti-inflammatory diet is one popular solution, and a lot of the health advice out there could be considered anti-inflammatory.
One anti-inflammatory “tool” that I use whenever I have pain is ginger tea. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory (and can also be helpful for nausea). Here’s how to make some for yourself:
- Buy some ginger root. If you have a recent injury, get enough to make a 2-3 cups a day for at least the first 2-3 days. How much is that? It depends on how strong you like your tea.
- Cut off a chunk. I use about a tablespoon or more of minced ginger for each cup, but you can use more or less depending on your preferences. I like mine strong (it feels like it’s working).
- Peel off the skin and mince. It doesn’t have to be that finely minced, because you’re just going to steep it.
- Put the ginger in a small saucepan with 10-12 oz of water and bring to a boil. If you want to add flavors, you can add some of your favorite tea in with the ginger. I use an herbal chai or just some green tea as well. I also like it straight.
- Lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 mins. The longer you steep, the stronger the tea. I leave my pot uncovered while it steeps, but you could cover it to keep the evaporated water from escaping.
- Strain the tea into a mug. Add some sweetener if you need it. I use honey sometimes, the taste reminds me of Trix cereal for some reason.
- Start sipping as soon as it’s cool enough. Feel the spicy-sweet burn.
It may take some time to figure out just how much ginger to use and how long to steep. And you may find that you don’t even like ginger tea. That’s OK, there is always fish oils – as an anti-inflammatory supplement, not for fish oil tea.
Thanks for reading!