It’s not a stretch to say 2020 really put us through the wringer. Whether we recognize it or not, many of us spent this year in a heightened state of stress with occasional (if any) periods of relief. The United States has just closed a very contentious and emotionally draining presidential election, and now we just all need a nap. But life goes on. So we suggest reaching for a nice hot cup of ginger tea.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold. The key ingredient is gingerol, which is the main bioactive compound in this spicy root. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and can help calm even the most frayed of nerves.
To make ginger tea, slice a 1 inch plug of ginger root into 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cover and let steep for an additional 5-10 minutes. Enjoy hot or at room temperature.
You can always use ginger tea bags (available at many grocery or health-food stores) in place of fresh ginger. The taste is different but the intention is the same. Ginger can help you calm frayed nerves, encourage you to take a moment for self-care, and help you ponder a hopeful outlook as we bring 2020 to a close.