During the colder months, we should focus on more fresh, cooling foods in order to nourish and warm the body, and support the function of the immune system.
In the Chinese medicine, ginger is one of the most commonly used spices, due to its warming properties.
People who are cold all the time, experience even more intensified pain in cold weather, as well as sore lower back and knees, and suffer from very frequent and pale urination. Moreover, they are prone to edema, and swellings, have looser bowels, suffer from a rainy nose, and fatigue.
Ginger is especially beneficial for these people, who, according to the traditional Chinese medicine, have the cold pattern.
Moreover, in the case of a cold wind pattern, people experience more cold symptoms than others, and they suffer from chills, but no fever, sneeze a lot, and have a clear, watery mucus from the nose.
These people should consume ginger in its fresh form, or add it in slices or grated in hot water, along with some lemon juice and raw honey to prevent colds.
The following soup recipe is going to help you to prepare a delicious medicine in a cup that will help you protect yourself against common colds and flu, and enjoy the winter season in optimal health!
Ginger Garlic Soup Recipe
- 1-2 inch piece of Fresh Ginger in thin slices
- 6 cups Chicken bone broth
- 4 Green onions sliced into medium sized pieces.
- 1-2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
- Mushrooms- optional
In a pot, mix the garlic cloves, onions, ginger slices, and mushrooms, and pour a bit of broth. Simmer until the ingredients soften, and then add the rest of the broth. Bring the mixture to boil, and lower the heat. Cook for 20-30 more minutes and your ginger-garlic soup is ready!
You can add some other vegetables to the soup as well, to enrich its taste and boost its effects. You can add 4-5 pieces of astragalus to strengthen the immune system and improve your qi energy, or dried or fresh mushrooms, such as maitake or shitake.
You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Organic Chicken Bone Broth
You can either purchase organic chicken bones at the local butcher or save some from a roast. Then, you should simmer them for 24 hrs with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and enough water to fill the pot and cover them.
Then, skim the oil and fat from the surface, strain, and pour it into glass jars or freeze it.
If you are a vegetarian, you can save the ends of the vegetables in a bag in the freezer and use them in your stock. Then, simmer them for 8-10 hours, and to boost the nutritional content of your vegetable broth, add mushrooms, miso, or seaweeds.
Here are the most beneficial ingredients you can add in your cup:
Fresh ginger has a pungent taste and naturally warming properties, so it is especially beneficial in the treatment of colds. However, it also helps digestion, and treats nausea, upset stomach, and controls appetite.
Garlic has powerful antibacterial and immune boosting properties, so it detoxifies the body, eliminates carcinogens, moves the qi, and boosts the function of the digestive system.
It has a sweet taste and slightly warming properties, but it boosts the immune system, supports the function of the lungs and digestive system, soothes coughs, and treats colds.
This pungent herb also warms up the body and treats cold symptoms, especially in a combination with the beneficial ginger.