Recently, one of my clients said she’s been feeling off due to the hot weather and being indoors in cold air conditioning all day long. The heat of summer is expansive (opening, relaxing), but the cold of human-made air conditioning is contractive (closing, tightening). This can create issues for some people, especially those who are very sensitive.
One remedy you can use is ginger! In Chinese medicine, they say that if you eat daikon radish in the winter and ginger in the summer, you won’t need a doctor.
Here Are Some Benefits of Ginger
- May relive arthritis or joint pain
- Helps stimulate lymph flow
- Aids detoxification
- Can help prevent or treat migraines
- Helpful for motion sickness and morning sickness
- Relives nausea
- Helps prevent or treat high triglycerides and cholesterol issues
- Antibacterial, anti-fungal
- Aids digestion
- May relieve GERD or acid reflux
(***For summer, ginger is a balancing remedy. Don’t overdo it, especially if you have certain types of cancer or heart conditions, use in moderation.)
The quickest remedies for days spent in air conditioning is to bring warm layers and drink ginger tea. There are many organic ginger teas on the market today. You can also make lazy ginger tea with fresh ginger, which I love to do. Lazy because it doesn’t take much to make it, no peeling or grating required!
Lazy Ginger Tea Recipe
- Take a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
- Wash or scrub gently
- Slice it relatively thin, leaving the skin on
- Boil in water for 5 minutes
- Strain, cool and enjoy!
My recommendation is to drink it warm when you are in air conditioning. You could also drink it room temperature, but avoid making an iced tea or drinking a lot of iced beverages when you leave the building. Give your body time to adjust to the natural climate.
If you want something cooling when you leave the office, choose raw greens, daikon radish, or fresh fruit. Another wonderful consideration is chrysanthemum tea, which has a cooling-anti-inflammatory effect.
Ginger Tea Spinal Rub & Quick Lymphatic Massage
If the active days of summer, coupled with indoor air conditioning causes joint pain, back pain, shoulder tension or any imbalance of the nervous system (anxiety, scattered mind, insomnia, stress-tension), here’s a relaxing ginger remedy:
- 3 teaspoons ginger juice or 5 drops ginger essential oil (you can also finely grate or use a blender to blend up a couple tablespoons ginger and press it through a fine mesh strainer to get the juice)
- 3 teaspoons sesame oil (or olive or coconut oil)
- Mix the ginger and oil together well.
- Take a small amount and rub into the spine vigorously until the skin gets warm and red. You should have enough for 3 treatments with this recipe.
Another fun addition to this routine is an Eden Energy Medicine spinal flush (also called the lymphatic flush), which moves blocked energy and aids lymphatic flow. Here’s how:
Are you in air conditioning all day long?
Have you noticed it affecting you in some way?
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