Ginger has long been known as a powerful root. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory that is recommended for people with arthritis and gastrointestinal disorders. Ginger is also thought to relieve nausea, possibly even in patients whose nausea is a side effect from chemotherapy. And, according to WebMD, a recent study in The Journal of Pain suggests that ginger may ease aching muscles–particularly after exercise.
For a great, relaxing way to wind down at the end of the day or after a tough workout, try brewing some caffeine-free herbal tea. Let the tea steep with two or three slices of candied ginger, which you can find at many organic grocery stores or order online. (Make sure the product contains no high fructose corn syrup.) The little bit of sugar on the ginger will dissolve and sweeten your tea, and the ginger itself adds flavor, aroma, and some of the muscle-relieving properties of the root. If you’re watching your sugar intake, you can substitute slices of fresh ginger. For maximum benefit, eat the ginger after you drink the tea. It has a pungent bite, but your stomach and muscles will thank you for it!
Note: As ginger may have blood-thinning effects, do not consume large amounts, particularly if you’re already taking blood-thinning medication. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.