The Benefits of Fresh Ginger and Lemon
by Ziggie Bergman, Facial Reflexologist at Grace Belgravia.
As the weather starts to change I always recommend my clients drink one cup of fresh ginger and lemon tea a day. Slice fresh ginger and lemon and add water, simple. Sometimes I suggest adding 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric and manuka honey if they are feeling under the weather.
The key to Ginger‘s unique benefits are that it contains several essential oils that give it that distinct aroma and flavour: zingerone, shogaols, & gingerols. These oils are powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal agents. Ginger root promotes healthy digestion, helps treat asthma, boosts immunity (antioxidants that boosts immunity and helps fight off infections), aids in cardiovascular health and relieves pain (preventing prostaglandins from setting off an inflammatory response in the body).
Due to the warming properties of ginger, it improves your blood circulation. Increased blood flow will improve the delivery of vitamins, minerals and oxygen to your body’s cells. Ginger is also a very effective remedy for headaches, flu and colds. Just one cup of tea a day will also minimize your chances of stroke, as ginger helps break down fat deposits that block arteries.
Lemon helps to clear skin – Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein which aids in the growth of new cells and blood vessels to give skin its firmness and strength. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within our body and gives us a vibrant glow!
Lemon is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to boost the immune system; high in antioxidants and vitamin C, drinking lemon juice or lemon tea regularly helps to fight off disease and illness. Lemons are also high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function and control blood pressure.
Lemons are also anti -inflammatory so recommended for anyone suffering with Asthma and other respiratory symptoms.
If you drink Ginger and Lemon Tea in the morning it helps to kick start our metabolism for the day, it assists the liver and digestive system, therefore it helps us to control weight. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers which build immunity and fight infection which is why I recommend this simple home remedy to all my clients after their Facial Reflexology treatments. Facial Reflexology is both wellness treatment (a gentle cousin of acupuncture without the needles) and a blissful anti-aging workout for you face which sculpts, lifts and smooths leaving a radiant glow even after the first treatment.
Ziggie Bergman’s Facial Reflexology treatments are available at Grace on Wednesday’s from 12pm-8pm. For bookings please click here.