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Ginger, Healty Wealthy and Wise : Tea and Mask Recipe

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Ginger is the world’s most widely cultivated herb. The use of ginger for dates back over 4000 years.  Chinese records chronicle immense wealth associated with growing acres of ginger. Health is wealth!

Ginger historically carried medicinal value as a spiritual beverage, aphrodisiac, digestive aid, and more. Chinese and Indian health systems viewed ginger as a healing gift from the divine. In Japan it was used frequently for spine and joint pain. Writings of the Koran describe ginger as a beverage of the holiest heavenly spirits.  Confucius, in 500 B.C. wrote of never being without ginger when he ate. Its widespread history as a healing tonic is unmatched in the history of medicine.

Ginger contains numerous antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties that help tone, purify, invigorate and protect the skin while also supporting overall health and wellness.

Especially beneficial for women, Gingers analgesic properties have been used to ease general muscle aches, menstrual pain & bloating, joint pain, and pain caused by inflammation. It also helps soothe and tonify the nerves.**  Ginger is commonly used to ease digestive complaints, support overall digestion as well as circulation.  Its gentle warming effects making it an ideal seasoning during the winter months. Applications includes the use of topical oils and salves as well as regular internal consumption.

 

Ginger Peppercorn Milk Tea

1 cup water
2 inches ginger cut into rounds.
5 peppercorns
1 tablespoon coconut creme or 1/4 cup milk of your choice
maple syrup or honey to taste

Boil water with ginger and peppercorns for 7-10 minutes. Add coconut creme or milk and remove from heat.  Sweeten with Grade B Maple syrup or honey as desired.

 

Ginger Coconut Mask

1 teaspoon grated ginger for normal/dry skin types or 2 teaspoons for oily/stagnant skin types
2 teaspoons coconut creme
1/2 teaspoons lemon juice (can increase for stagnant skin types or skin with heavy keratinization)

Mix ingredients together. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes for all skins types and especially if you have sensitive skin or tend toward redness. OR chill for 30 minutes in the fridge.

While the mask is setting up, cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser. Cleanse skin, and if appropriate for your skin type gently exfoliate.**

Apply mask in a medium thick layer. Being aware of the eye area. Close eyes and relax 20-30 minutes. Remove with warm then cool water and washcloth. Tone with essential toner. Apply Intensive Repair Serum or another appropriate serum/ moisturizer of choice. 

Benefits: Stimulates circulation: detoxifies, supports transportation of nutrients to cells. Moisturizes and tonifies all skin types. Oily and acne prone skins will additionally benefit from the powerful antibacterial effects of ginger. Skin will be soft, supple and glowing.

**Sensitive/rosacea skin types recommended no additional exfoliation.