Citation: Shruming Human. "For Sore Throats and Colds: An Experience with Ginger (exp39206)". Erowid.org. Dec 28, 2004. erowid.org/exp/39206
I learned to chew on a slice of raw ginger root when I have a sore throat. It is very strong, but I have seen it help my throat many times. The first time I tried Ginger for a cold, I was supposed to go camping with friends the next morning, and I could tell that I was starting to get sick. Listening to the advice of my wife, I made around 3 liters of strong tea using about 8 to 10 inches of ginger root, and drank half of it that night, the rest the next morning. By the time I had finished the tea, I was completely better. I didn't put anything in the tea but the ginger, although honey and lemon are good additions. In East Asian philosophy, ginger is a warming herb, and it works well on winter colds especially (as they are often caused by an excess of cold in the body), although I have used it in the summer with good effect as well.
For sore throats, I now usually chew on the root itself, since the juice runs down my throat slowly over the course of several hours. I highly recommend this for pot smokers, since the ginger soothes the throat's irritation from the smoke.
Not for people with weak stomachs, and since having a cold can be trying on some people's stomachs, be careful.
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