How to Treats Colds With Ginger Tea. Ginger tea is the best treatment for colds, according to traditional Chinese medicine. It has strong yang energy and warms the stomach and lungs. The Chinese have been using it for 2,500 years to treat congestion, sinus pain and sore throat. Follow these steps to treat colds with ginger tea.
Boil about one tablespoon grated fresh ginger in a few cups of water. You can also use 1/3 to 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger.
Simmer the ginger root for 20 minutes. While it's simmering, inhale the steam. This inhalation relieves congestion and dilates constricted bronchial tubes.
Drink your ginger tea with a bit of brown sugar or honey if you like. Drink it on an empty stomach so it can be absorbed directly into your system. Do this a few times a day.
Repeat the first three steps while you are experiencing cold symptoms. Ginger can also help soothe your stomach, stimulate your appetite and aid in digestion.
Preserve your fresh ginger by placing it in some sherry and keeping it in the refrigerator. You will be able to cook with it long after your cold has gone.