Ginger/Cayenne/Echinacea Tea for the Fall.

Spring is like the morning, Summer the afternoon, and Fall the evening of the year. Our psyches pull us inward to contemplate, fortify, unwind and slow down for the night that is winter. It makes sense then, that our minds are far more active in the winter season than our bodies.

The fall season is time for stocking up the harvests, for canning, pickling and drying in preparation for the barren winter. Animals feed voraciously now for sustenance during hibernation. The plants, as well, pull back into their roots through the winter frost, awaiting spring. Two roots that I stock up on are Ginger and Echinacea as I am prone to colds when the temperature drops. Besides, I find a hot cup of Ginger tea with a pinch of Cayenne pepper and a tablespoon of lemon juice delicious! I have found this recipe to be extremely effective against sore throats as well as fevers. Adding Echinacea to this concoction works even better. I prefer taking Echinacea in a tincture as I'm not crazy about the way it tastes in tea. Taking 30-40 drops under my tongue is far more appealing than drinking 3 cups full. Also, the tincture made from the fresh root, harvested in autumn, is far more effective than the dried root that is used to make the tea. Echinacea is well respected for its anti-microbial actions. It supports the body's immune system against bacterial infections especially those involving the respiratory system. Besides their use as cold and flu remedies, both Ginger and Echinacea have many other beneficial properties. Ginger, for instance is also valuable as a stimulant to the circulatory system, the liver, and the digestive system, promoting gastric secretions to relieve flatulence and dyspepsia. Echinacea was used by the Plains Indians as a blood purifier. Echinacea increases the activity of immune cells (Phagocytes) that facilitate the elimination of wastes through the kidneys, skin and digestive system. Echinacea and Ginger are both safe and effective medicines, used for centuries, that work to support the body through the changes, quite unlike the common over the counter pharmaceutical that works only to subdue the symptoms of illness.

Fortify yourself, and ENJOY the fall foliage.

©Lata Chettri 9/22/98