“Cheers” – we say every morning year round. It’s great to start the day with a little shot – it hurts your throat on the way down, and then does so much good for the body.
What am I talking about?
Well, I’m totally crazy about two little roots; ginger and turmeric.
Reduce joint pain and allieviate inflammation with ginger
Ginger has been used for thousands of years as natural medicine, and today you can get lots of pills and powders with ginger. I’m just kidding in the supermarket where I buy the fresh organic of the kind and I enjoy all the drugs, vitamins and antioxidants naturally. They smoke in the food or rip and pour over boiling water for a lukewarm tea or they smoke in my witch’s brew together with lemon and turmeric root.
Ginger is known to relieve nausea (in driving sickness and pregnancy, it is very natural), dampen joint pain in rheumatism and remove inflammatory conditions in the body. There are also studies from Georgia University, which show that ginger is more effective than chemotherapy to kill cancer cells.
Ginger is easy to use – both raw and cooked. The popularity has grown in recent years, so now most supermarkets have them on the shelf in organic version. Be aware that you should eat it raw if you want to utilize the many active substances in the ginger optimum
Turmeric – popular herbal medicine
The ginger has a little sister – namely turmeric. They look like each other, but turmeric is smaller, and it has an amazingly beautiful color (most people probably know the dried turmeric powder as colors instead of saffron). This little root has also risen in popularity, and now it is on the shelf next to the ginger in my supermarkets (I kept asking until it got stuck in line).
Turmeric contains the substance curcumin, which is said to have the following properties:
- Prevents aging and cataracts
- Has antioxidant properties that prevent gout pain
- Reduces the amount of cholesterol and thus prevents cardiovascular disease
- Improves the production of BDNF, which is the substance that causes the brain’s hippocampus to grow (= improved learning and concentration ability)
- Possibly prevents dementia and depression
- Counteracts the formation of blood vessels in cancerous tumors (= they can not grow/stops the creation of breast and colon cancer)
Curcumin is activated only by heating, which is important if you prefer to cold press your health threat or tear the turmeric root in smoothie, etc. Alternatives to heating are black pepper, which also activates curcumin (so forth with the pepper grinder if you use the turmeric root raw and unheated). If you use the turmeric root for the inflammatory effect, then there should be some, so it would be a good idea to supplement dietary supplements.
Toast with healthy shots!
You can find lots of recipes online on both cold-pressed and heated shots as well as all sorts of delicious smoothies, etc. One of my favorites is Golden Milk, which I enjoy in the winter – and of course my witch thief, which we all eat every morning.
Lastly, this is what I do:
- Cut 3 lemons in rough boats
- Use 1-2 cm turmeric root
- Sliced 300 grams of ginger root in slices and put it into a pot of 3 liters of water.
Cook for half an hour and then let it stand and pull until it’s cold. I say it and put it in bottles and in the refrigerator, where it can last for a month. I choose to buy the organic ingredients.
In the autumn I usually go to Langeland, where the sea-tower grows along the coast. Then I pick lots of berries and take home. They cook briefly and are then mashed and then I cut the juice into my shot to get even more vitamin C. Sea buckthorn is also available in the freezer section of several supermarkets right now.
Cheers everyone and have a good weekend!