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    Homemade Ginger Drink - My Favorite Natural Decongestant

    Wow! I just enjoyed a homemade hot ginger drink. Talk about a tasty way to open up my sinuses!

    So far for me, ginger is my best natural decongestant. After one of my ginger drinks I usually get 1-2 hours of much clearer sinuses.

    Love me some ginger!


    My ginger drink recipe

    • 1 part ginger water in a coffee mug,
    • 2 parts plain water,
    • 1 spoonful raw honey,
    • 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (ACV),
    • 1 tsp coconut oil.

    If ACV or coconut oil isn't to your taste, then try substituting lemon instead.

    To make the ginger water: 

    • Slice up a clump of fresh ginger. You can buy it at the grocery store. I don't bother with peeling the clump before slicing because I'm too lazy to do so. 
    • Put slices into a pot and cover with water (I use a 3-qt pot to lessen preparation frequency).
    • Bring the water to a boil.
    • Remove the pot from the heat and cover it. Let it steep for about 15 minutes.
    • After the ginger water cools, pour it into a container and refrigerate.
    • When you're ready for a drink, heat up the ginger and plain water combo via microwave, my choice, or stove. Flavor it with any combo of honey, ACV or lemon to taste. 




    Raw honeyraw ACV, and lemon are all natural immunity boosters so any combo of them are good additions to use with the ginger. Coconut oil is one of the super foods. It's a "good" fat and is a great source of energy.

    Be sure you use the raw types of honey and ACV for maximum benefit. For the lemons, you can substitute a packaged lemon juice. If you do look for a brand that is from 100% real lemons rather than concentrate. Whole Foods as a 365 brand that is not made from concentrate.


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    Reader Comments (2)

    The only problem I have with ginger is its very strong aroma. -Julia

    January 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheap Flyers

    Yeah, Julia, you're right. And the taste took a bit of time for me to get used to. Commercial ginger ale is pretty tamed down and sugared up compared to a drink with more raw ginger and less sweetening.

    As a side note, the best time to date ginger has acted as a decongestant for me was after a ginger bath. I made it pretty strong with fresh ginger because I wanted to do some detoxing. Thanks to a 15-20 minute soak, the fumes reeeeally cleared me up -- and that bath hooked on ginger.

    (I've been experimenting with different baths so I haven't written about ginger baths yet, but I will.)

    January 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterKathy Herrmann

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