Monday, December 14, 2009

Zingiber officinale

There are storms, and there are typhoons. Two weeks back, I contracted a typhoon of a head cold. With deadlines to meet, and two sick kids in my hands, logic dictatated that I kill it with antibiotics. But something made me refrain.
I've already had two courses of rather heavy antibiotics this year following two seperate surgeries, and I was not sure I wanted to go through another.

Since my recent experiences with asprin have not been the best, I decided to follow the grandmothers' remedies that have been handed down to me from grandmother other than mine.

Ginger tea, I started out with, before graduating to concoctions of my own making - ginger, cinnamon and cloves; ginger, pepper and tulsi leaves; ginger crushed into honey. By the third day, I was feeling almost as good as I would have had I trusted antibiotics, and by the end of the week, I was running 5 k on the treadmill.

Whether alternate medicine always works, I do not know. All I know is that in this particular case, it worked for me.

Ginger, the wonder 'drug'!!!


Elspeth Antonelli said...

This is the right post at the right time. I have your typhoon of a head cold. Bring on the ginger tea. Thanks.


Rayna M. Iyer said...

Winter colds are awful, aren't they, Elspeth. Sending lots of healing vibes your way.

Glory Lennon said...

I'm totally sold on ginger but for another reason. It helps with vertigo. Since using it religiously I have yet to have a full out topsy-turvy case of vertigo. No dizzies for me, thank you very much. Helps with morning sickness, sea sickness and other dizzying things, plus it is great for relieving chest congestion. LOVE ginger!Can you tell? ;-)


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