50+ Health Conditions, Diet

Natural Ginger Ale for Pain Relief

Ginger has long been treasured as a flavoring in food in place of salt. Because a small amount goes a long way, ginger does not add calories or carbohydrates to dishes. Beyond its use in cooking, ginger has also been employed throughout history by holistic healers. It is well known today as a remedy for nausea and vomiting, as the phenolic compounds in ginger work to stimulate the saliva glands and bile production, suppress uncomfortable gastric contractions, and relieve gastrointestinal irritations.

Ginger is also widely used in Asia to prevent colds and flu, as it strengthens the body’s immune system. And even a small amount taken daily can lessen the risk of stroke by inhibiting the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries.

Less well known, however, is the fact that ginger is a powerful treatment for pain and inflammation. Research shows that ginger reduces the symptoms of dysmenorrhea, the discomfort association with menstruation. It helps relieve the pain of migraine headaches and back and muscle pain. In fact, ginger has been called one of nature’s most powerful pain killers.

Ginger works by inhibiting the formation of inflammatory compounds in the body and countering the effects of existing inflammation. It operates directly as an analgesic.

Ginger can be consumed by adding it to food, as candied ginger, or in ginger tea. To make tea, just shred fresh ginger root into hot water, and drink it two or three times daily.

One of the tastiest ways to enjoy the benefits of ginger is in homemade natural ginger ale.

Ginger Ale Recipe

2 Cups peeled, chopped ginger

4 Cups Purified water

Raw Honey to Taste

Sparkling water

2 Limes, Juiced

Lime wedge to garnish

To Prepare:

Bring 4 Cups of water to a boil, add ginger. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the ginger to sit in the simmering water for 5 minutes. Remove it from the heat and strain it out using a kitchen strainer. To serve, combine 1 parts ginger to 3 parts sparkling water and serve over ice. Sweeten to your taste using raw honey and lime juice. Garnish and enjoy!