I used to have cold hands and feet all year long since I was a kid in Taiwan. The winter on the east coast is way colder than in Taiwan, so my hands and feet were even colder. However, ginger tea has kept me out of cold extremities for years.

Ginger tea is a common cold remedy for Chinese because it helps with circulation. When I caught a cold, my parents always brewed a kettle of ginger tea with brown sugar for me. After finishing it, I’d sweat and feel better.

Fast forward decades later, I read an article about ginger tea helping warm up extremities. So I drank a couple cups of ginger tea (sometimes from fresh ginger and sometimes from ginger powder, see below) in the evening for two months and no more cold hands and feet.

If brewing a kettle of water with 5 or 6 slices of ginger in it is too much for you, here are two other options as long as you have water hot enough to make tea.

  1. Add 2 or 3 slices of fresh ginger, pour hot water into a cup, and cover for 15 minutes. Add brown sugar to your taste and enjoy.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon of ginger powder into a cup of hot water, add honey to your taste and enjoy. An old Korean lady told my sister that this ginger honey tea is the secret for her smooth skin without brown spots. I tried this tea for a month, but the brown spots on my face didn’t disappear. Though I dislike the gritty feel of the ginger powder in my tea.

Another way to heal cold feet is just walking and it doesn’t cost you anything. My friend used to have cold feet 24 hours every day for years. No matter how think her comforter was, she woke up cold feet every morning. A meditation teacher suggested she walk one hour per day. So she did no matter how bad the weather was. One year later, no more cold feet for her.

Now you know how easy it is to heal your body. Stay healthy!


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