Ginger has long been used in folk medicine to treat everything from colds to constipation. Ginger can be used fresh, in powdered form (ginger spice), or candied. In general, you can replace 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger with 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger, and vice versa.
Consuming ginger and ginger products, in addition to taking any anti-nausea medications as prescribed, may provide some comfort for a queasy stomach during cancer treatment.
Turmeric is an herb in the ginger family; it’s one of the ingredients that make many curries yellow and gives it its distinctive flavor. Turmeric extract supplements are currently being studied to see if they have a role in preventing and treating some cancers, including colon, prostate, breast, and skin cancers. Although results appear promising, they have largely been observed in laboratory and animal studies, so it’s unclear whether these results will ultimately translate to humans.
Garlic belongs to the Allium class of bulb-shaped plants, which also includes chives, leeks, onions, shallots, and scallions. Garlic has a high sulfur content and is also a good source of arginine, oligosaccharides, flavonoids, and selenium, all of which may be beneficial to health. Several studies suggest that increased garlic intake reduces the risk of cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast. Garlic supports detoxification and may also support the immune system and help reduce blood pressure.
Peppermint is a natural hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint. It has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid to relieve gas, indigestion, cramps, and diarrhea. It may also help with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and food poisoning. Peppermint appears to calm the muscles of the stomach and improve the flow of bile, enabling food to pass through the stomach more quickly. If your cancer or treatment is causing an upset stomach, try drinking a cup of peppermint tea. Many commercial varieties are on the market, or you can make your own by boiling dried peppermint leaves in water or adding fresh leaves to boiled water and letting them steep for a few minutes until the tea reaches the desired strength.
Peppermint can also soothe a sore throat. For this reason, it is also sometimes used to relieve the painful mouth sores that can occur from chemotherapy and radiation, or is a key ingredient in treatments for this condition.
Chamomile may help with sleep issues; if sleep is a problem for you; try drinking a strong chamomile tea shortly before bedtime.
Chamomile mouthwash has also been studied for preventing and treating mouth sores from chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Although the results are mixed, there is no harm in giving it a try, provided your oncologist is not opposed. If given the green light, simply make the tea, let it cool, and rinse and gargle as often as desired.
Chamomile tea may be another way to manage digestive problems, including stomach cramps. Chamomile appears to help relax muscle contractions, particularly the smooth muscles of the intestines. (dummies.com)
Healthy green tea recipes
From boosting your metabolism to reducing your risk of heart disease, find out why more people are starting off their day with a cup of green tea.
Green tea and weight loss
Research shows that green tea can lower blood sugar levels and reduce the absorption of fat from the intestine. So, if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, you may want to consider adding a cup or two of green tea to your daily diet.
Healthy green tea for a healthy heart
Most teas contain vitamins and antioxidants, but green tea goes one step beyond. Not only does it aid with weight loss, it’s also helps fight various cancers and heart disease. The antioxidant in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), helps to speed up the recovery of heart cells and minimizes cell death after a heart attack.
How to make healthy green tea
There are many different flavours of green tea you can enjoy. So long as those green tea leaves are present, you’re going to get all those great health benefits that come with it. If you’re steeping green tea leaves in hot water, be sure to throw in your favourite herbs, such as ginger, mint or chamomile. For refreshing iced green tea, just let the fresh tea cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then refrigerate for about two hours.
– Healthy green tea recipes:
Citrus Mint Iced Tea
Toss some mint leaves, orange slices and green tea bags into a boiling teapot for a delicious homemade tea. Serve over ice and garnish the glasses with orange or lime slices.
Green Ginger Mint Tea
Green tea with spearmint is a popular Moroccan digestive. Green tea lives, such as gunpowder leaves, are rolled into small balls that unfurl in hot water to release a slightly bitter, smoky infusion. This refreshing brew is also good iced. Sweeten with honey, if desired.
Mango Calendula Ceylon Tea
When sweetened with mango and ginger, delicate teas like green gunpowder make for refreshing afternoon drinks or light, fruity iced teas. Add sugar after steeping if you wish to accentuate the fruity flavour.
Chinese green tea is often served before meals, and always after. Spearmint has the best flavour; other infusions, such as cinnamon, saffron and lemon verbena, can also be added for fragrance.
Chamomile Mint Tea
For this blend, it’s especially nice if you use jasmine tea, which is made from green and black tea leaves, because of its flowers. Chamomile and lavender heighten the floral bouquet and create a pretty pattern when they unfurl in a glass cup or pot.