Fresh “Everyday” Ginger Tea with Astragalus, Goji Berries, Lemon, Honey
This is the “Everyday” tea that I serve at my office 365 days of the year to great applause! It’s the energetic balance of this tea that makes it so healthy and great for Immunity:
💥 Digestion -Ginger & Astragalus
💡 Immunity -Astragalus & Ginger
⚡️ Energy -Ginger & Astragalus & Goji Berries
❤️ Blood -Goji Berries
🍋 Food Cravings -Lemon Juice
☕️ Warming -Hot Water
🍯 Sugar Balance -Honey, Lemon, Goji Berries
This tea has great health benefits while not being so strong as to create any side effects. For a patient’s individual issues, a proper herbal formula should be prescribed, but this one is nice for just about everyone.
For the detailed benefits of each herb or ingredient, as well as the Ginger Tea Recipe, see below:
For this Ginger Tea, we will make a “batch” of it to last throughout the week. You can see in the video that I use quite a bit of Ginger for the 3.5-4 liters of water.
💥 Ginger - 4-5 large pieces 1-2 inches by 3-5 inches (skinned, sliced thin)
⚡️ Astragalus - 15-20 pieces 2 inches long, dried
🍋 Lemon - Juice of one large Lemon
❤️ Goji Berries -15-20 dried
☕️ Water -3 liters + 1.5 liters
🍯 Honey -1-3 tablespoons (added as tea cools)
Bring to a boil 3 liters of water. Add in all ingredients except the honey. Boil for 25-30 minutes. Strain off the tea into a container & set aside, but keep the ingredients in the pot. Add 1.5 liters of fresh water to the ingredients and boil again 25 minutes. Strain into the previously set aside tea and stir in honey to taste.
Keep in refrigerator up to 8 days, reheating a portion as needed.
Ginger (Sheng Jiang)
Ginger helps to break down high protein foods. It is slightly warm in nature and is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It warms the lung and stops cough. It can be used to ward off colds and flu.
Ginger Can Treat Many Forms of Nausea, including morning sickness,sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness. Ginger is still served with sushi as it has been for hundreds of year as it resolves the toxicity of seafood poisoning.
Ginger Can Help Treat Chronic Indigestion
Ginger speeds up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
Ginger Has Anti-Inflammatory Effects:
Ginger reduces exercise-induced muscle soreness, and some studies show ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem.
Ginger Helps With Menstrual Pain
Ginger is effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, especially when used in a formula like “Women’s Relief”.
*Ginger is not for everyone, for example, ginger is an innately warming herb and should be used in moderation by those who feel hot often, like women during menopause.
Astragalus (Huang Qi):
One of the best immune building herbs. Builds the body’s “Protective Qi” and helps prevent colds. Antibacterial qualities makes it great for preventing the common cold or flu. Can be used as a topical remedy for healing open sores or wounds. It can also help prevent seasonal allergies.
Tonifies Qi & Energy:
Nourishes the spleen to aid in digestion, prevent loose stools and build energy to fight fatigue.
Tonifies the qi to lift and hold organs and rectum in place.
Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi)
Tonifiy the blood, nourish yin, moisten lungs, brighten eyes.
In TCM, goji berries benefit the reproductive system and offer increased fertility. Goji berries increase sperm count and the vitality of sperm. Evidence shows additional goji berry benefits include treating female infertility in patients with premature ovarian failure and the inability to ovulate normally.
Goji Berries Are A Great Source Of Antioxidants And Nutrients
Goji berries supply high levels of antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin A which are two nutrients key to building immunity and preventing common illnesses like a cold, plus more serious chronic diseases like cancer or neurodegenerative decline.
Rich in Iron, zinc, vit b 2
One serving of Goji Berries has about four grams of protein per serving and 18 different amino acids, plus over 20 other trace minerals, including zinc, iron, phosphorus and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Goji berries offer more beta-carotene than carrots and more iron than soybeans and spinach!
Gojis Have Anti-Aging Properties|Gojis are reported to have anti-aging properties and show anti-tumor activities against various types of skin cancer cells by inhibiting tumor growth and inducing apoptosis.
Goji Berries Protect Your Eyes
Goji berry benefits also include the ability to protect eyes from age-related diseases like macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults. Goji berries are a natural treatment for macular degeneration and beneficial for vision because of their high levels of antioxidants (especially zeaxanthin), which can help stop damage from UV light exposure, free radicals and other forms of oxidative stress.
Studies show that Gojis protect eyes from hypopigmentation and accumulation of oxidative stress compounds that can damage the macula and that the goji berry benefits eye health by protecting the retina from ganglion cells so gojis’ antioxidants act as a natural treatment for glaucoma.
The Goji Berry Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar
Goji berries help control the release of sugar into the bloodstream, which prevents spikes and dips due to problems balancing glucose levels.
Detoxify the Liver
Goji berries are believed to offer liver protection and are used along with traditional herbs like licorice, ganoderma, gynostemma and pentaphylla in many liver cleanses.They are also a great kidney stone natural remedy as well as a good food for cleansing the blood.
Keep Your Energy and Mood Up
According to a study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, drinking goji berry juice regularly can help increase energy levels, moods and improve digestive health, too.
Benefits of Lemons
The pectin fiber in lemons controls food cravings and breaks down fat.
Indigestion and Constipation
Lemon juice helps to cure problems related to indigestion and constipation. Add a few drops of lemon on your dish (take care, it does not go well with milk), and it will aid in digestion. It acts as a blood purifier and a cleansing agent, so a good drink after lunch or dinner is fresh lemon soda, which is also called fresh lime soda in many places. The recipe is lemon juice, cold water, soda, salts(common salt or rock salt) and sugar/honey for sweetness. You can also add some mint leaves or crushed fennel seeds for added flavor. Drink this whenever you have a heavy lunch or dinner.
Lemon juice can treat a person who is suffering from a cold, flu or fever. It helps to break fevers by increasing perspiration.
Lemon juice assists in relieving respiratory problems and breathing problems, such as its ability to soothe a person suffering from an asthma attack. Being a rich source of vitamin C, it helps in dealing with more long-term respiratory disorders.
It is also a diuretic and can treat rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to flush out bacteria and toxins from the body.
Drinking lemon juice with water can help patients reduce gall stones.
Benefits of Honey (Do not boil)
Prevent cancer and heart disease
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.
Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to next benefit.
Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
Increase athletic performance
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.
Reduce cough and throat irritation
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.
Blood sugar regulation
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they won't jolt your blood sugar.
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria.