Ginger is the most warming spice in Chinese medicine, which makes it an effective fighter against cold and flu. Fresh ginger is good at treating the common cold when presenting with chills, but not fevers. It also soothes the digestive system helping with nausea, upset stomach, and appetite issues.
However, those suffering from a sore throat should avoid spices like ginger and consume cooling spices, like peppermint. Ginger can be consumed in many ways. One of the best is to simply consume it fresh, grated in some hot water with lemon and honey.
Ginger soup recipe
1-2 inch piece of sliced fresh ginger
4 green onions sliced into medium sized pieces.
1-2 peeled and chopped garlic cloves
6 cups of chicken bone broth or a regular chicken stock. If you are vegetarian, you can make a vegan broth using vegetable stock or vegetable ends, simmered for 8 to 10 hours. You can add seaweeds, mushrooms or miso, also 4-5 pieces of Astralagus for boosting your immune system.
How to make Chicken bone broth
You need some organic chicken bones simmered for 24 hrs with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
Fill the pot to cover the bones. Once it has simmered for 24 hours, skimming off the fat and oil on the surface, strain, and store in glass jars or freeze for later use.
Place the ginger, onions, garlic and mushrooms in a pot and add a small amount of broth. Simmer until ingredients are softened. Add the rest of the stock and boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes.
The broth soup can be stored in the fridge for a few days. You can experiment by adding other vegetables, but don’t exaggerate with salt.
Other “warm” herbs apart from ginger are garlic, green onion, and Astragalus root. They are all extremely beneficial to health and can be combined with ginger in combating colds.