Ginger has been used traditionally to treat everything from nausea and stomach ailments (it is known to help in digestion) to arthritis—it’s even said to be an immunity booster.
Studies have shown that ginger can ease muscle pain, back pain, menstrual pain, pain associated with migraines and that it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. If you’ve got a cough or cold, ginger can also help reduce congestion.
There are many ways to incorporate ginger into your diet to garner its numerous health benefits. We recently came across a ginger ale recipe to help with pain and inflammation. And, these scorching summer days make for a perfect time to try it out!
Ginger Ale recipe to help reduce pain and inflammation
- Peeled and finely chopped ginger (1 cup)
- Drinking water (2 cups)
- Raw honey (the amount you should use depends on how sweet you want your Ginger Ale to be)
- Sparkling water
- The juice of 1 lime
- Lime or lemon wedges for garnishing
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add ginger. Reduce heat to medium low and let the ginger simmer in the water for around 5 minutes.
- Remove from stovetop and strain through a sieve.
- For serving: Combine 1 part ginger syrup to 3 parts sparkling water and pour over ice. Sweeten to taste with raw honey and add some lime juice for a citrusy zing.