The ginger is a bountiful source of vitamins A, C, E and B-complex as well as minerals including: magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and beta-carotene. The ginger’s distinctive aroma and flavor add zest to different cuisines across the globe.
My physician doctor Hubert Grant has recommended the ginger tea to me for its anti-inflammatory, antinausea, antispasmodic, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help treat and prevent many health complaints.
You can intake the ginger in many different ways, but sipping at your homemade ginger tea is one of the best ways. Yes, you can easily make this soothing beverage at home.
Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe
- 4 to 6 thin slices of raw ginger
- 1½ to 2 cups of filtered water
- a little lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey
1. Peel the ginger root and rinse it thoroughly.
2. Slice the ginger into very thin slices.
3. Bring 1½ cups of filtered water to a boil.
4. Add the ginger slices.
5. Put a lid on it and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
6. Strain the water to remove the ginger.
7. Squeeze in a little lemon as per your taste.
8. Add 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey.
9. Stir and enjoy your hot ginger tea.
If you want an ice ginger tea, put the tea in the refrigerator for half an hour. Add a few ice cubes before serving.
You can drink up to 3 cups of this ginger tea daily. Avoid excessive drinking of the ginger tea, as it can cause certain discomfort.
As an alternative to this plain ginger tea, try steeping some fresh peppermint leaves, 1 small cinnamon stick or a few cardamom pods with the ginger to make a more refreshing tea.
Adult persons can take up to 4 grams of raw ginger root a day, according to health experts. But if you want to find out the right dose of the ginger tea for children, consult your family doctor.
The ginger tea has a long history of use in the herbal medicines in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, and in the Middle East. And now that you have your cup of ginger tea, read below about:
Top 7 Health Benefits Of The Ginger Tea:
1. The ginger tea improves blood circulation
The ginger tea improves blood circulation to help you maintain optimum health. The compounds like gingerols and zingerone in it have a warming effect on the body, ultimately resulting in good circulation.
Good circulation throughout the body means that more nutrients, minerals and oxygen reach different parts of the body. In addition, good circulation promotes cell growth and functions of organs, such as the brain, heart, liver, kidneys and the limbs. Importantly, the vital amino acids in the ginger play a key role in improving circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems as well.
2. The ginger tea provides pain relief
The ginger contains the compound gingerol that has anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, the ginger helps block COX-2, a chemical in the body that causes pain. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help to effectively treat sore muscles and joint pain no matter the cause. Indeed, regular drinking of your homemade ginger tea effectively helps treat pain associated with gout, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Plus, it can reduce post-exercise inflammation and pain.
Moreover, it helps soothe migraine [as well as tension headaches] as it blocks prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in the brain’s blood vessels that cause bad headaches.
3. The ginger tea eases menstrual discomforts
1-2 cups of ginger tea can effectively ease menstrual cramps and other associated aches. It is also a good remedy for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). According to a 2014 study published in the journal ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers found ginger to be effective in reducing the severity of PMS symptoms. It also helps fight fatigue associated with PMS.
The secret of this effect is in the warm nature of the ginger tea which helps relieve pain and relax the muscles, thereby reducing menstrual cramps. Women experiencing irregular periods, and those who deal with heavy menstrual cramps, may also find relief in the ginger tea.
4. The ginger tea relieves nausea and stomach disorders
Whether you are dealing with vomiting or nausea, you can treat it with a few cups of fresh ginger tea. The active components like volatile oils and phenol compounds in the ginger root positively influence the nervous system, stomach and intestines.
This in turn helps reduce accompanying stomach disorders such as indigestion, gas, stomach pain, bloating and diarrhea. It also helps fight off the virus or bacteria that cause diarrhea and upset your stomach.
Note: The ginger tea is effective in both pregnancy-related nausea and chemotherapy-induced nausea. Moreover, drinking a cup of delicious ginger tea right before traveling can help prevent nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness.
5. The ginger tea strengthens immunity
The ginger tea could help boost your immunity due to the antioxidant properties in the ginger. And a revved-up immune system certainly means that you will get sick less frequently and recover more quickly when it happens!
The warm nature of the ginger helps break down toxins accumulated in the body, making it easier for the body to flush them out. The ginger also has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent many common health issues and infections. In addition, it contains the minerals chromium, magnesium and zinc, which help boost the immune system.
6. The ginger tea fights respiratory infections
You can drink your ginger tea to fight even severe respiratory infections. As I said, it has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal and immune-boosting properties.
A few cups of warm ginger tea can help relieve congestion of the breathing pathways associated with the common cold, influenza or environmental allergies. In fact, sipping some warm ginger tea when you feel a cold is coming on can help stop a cold in its bud.
In addition, it can help reduce airway inflammation and inhibit airway contraction if you are suffering from bouts of asthma. The polyphenols present in the ginger help inhibit the secretion of mucus. It can also ease headaches and sore throats – the 2 common symptoms of respiratory infections.
7. The ginger tea reduces cholesterol levels
The ginger tea can also be beneficial for those who have high cholesterol levels as it helps increase the secretion of bile acids. Plus, due to its antioxidant properties, the ginger prevents low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation.
The ginger tea helps improve metabolism, fights obesity and reduces high blood pressure (HBP). However, as the ginger may interact with blood-thinning drugs, you should avoid overdosing with ginger tea. So, it is best to consult a medical doctor before including ginger in your diet.
Side effects and precautions
Although there are many health benefits of drinking your ginger tea daily, be aware that there are some side effects of ginger as well:
- Consuming too much ginger in any form can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea as well. It can also lead to acidity and low blood sugar. It may also prevent a good night’s sleep.
- Children under age of 2 should not have ginger tea!
- The ginger may not be suitable for people suffering from a blood disorder, gallstones and some heart conditions. If you are on medications, consult a doctor before including ginger in your diet.
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