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Crescent City Ayurveda

Optimizing the health of New Orleanians



The benefits of ginger brew

Posted by [email protected] on August 30, 2017 at 10:05 AM


On this blog, I will be sharing some of the Ayurvedic practices that I do for myself, and which anyone interested in having a more balanced lifestyle can do to promote wellness.

This weekend I made some "ginger brew," a strong decoction of ginger. Traditionally, ginger tea would be drunk hot, often with lemon and honey. Since it's summer in New Orleans and so hot, I've been trying an alternate method, adding a splash of this concentrated ginger tea to a glass of water with a squeeze of lime juice.

To make the ginger brew, I chopped a large piece of ginger into thin strips, and placed it in a small pot of water. I brought the water to a boil, and then let it simmer with the cover ajar for an hour, or until about half of the water had boiled off. Then I store it in a glass bottle in the fridge. You may want to add honey to it before refrigerating while it is still hot.

In Ayurveda, ginger is considered best for the vata and kapha doshas, because of its heating quality. It also is used to build the digestive fire, known as agni. In other words, ginger is a great digestive aid, which stimulates appetite and prevents gas and bloating (i.e. vata) or heaviness and lethargy (i.e. kapha) after eating. It is also famous for its anti-nausea (i.e. kapha) properties. However, please note that ginger would be contraindicated in cases of burning indigestion (i.e. pitta) because of its heating quality. It is also traditionally used for arthritic joint pain, especially due to vata-type arthritis. 

For more on the health benefits of ginger, check out this link at the Chopra Center:

To set up a consultation with me to identify your Ayurvedic constitutional type and develop an individualized plan to improve your digestion, email me at [email protected]

In good health,

Henri Folse

Categories: herbal tea, digestion, ayurveda