GINGER TEA GUIDE: MEANING, HEALTH BENEFITS AND RECIPES
Ginger tea is herbal tea or tisane made of dried ginger or fresh ginger. It is made by steeping ginger in hot water for a few minutes, letting ginger releases its oils into the water before sipping.
It is a great drink for cold, achy mornings and can lift your spirit on a dark day. Though it is a decaf blend, it can help bolster energy by making your body feel warm and primed for movement.
A strong, spicy drink should be taken at the onset of colds, flu, and infections, or regularly to support the immune system.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER TEA
1) GOOD FOR DIGESTION
Cultures far and wide have used ginger for digestive complaints. Ginger tea has been for centuries to aid digestion and improve the blood flow of the body.
This warming, spicy tea can offer almost immediate relief from indigestion related to overeating.
Supporting digestion is one of the best things you can do for daily health. A healthy digestive system can prevent many diseases over the long term.
2) FIGHTS AGAINST COLD AND FLU
For more than two thousand years, people have consumed ginger tea to relieve the symptoms of flu and cold.
Ginger tea is probably the most popular winter drink and is used to boosts the body’s defenses against cold and flu.
The essential oils found in ginger are antibacterial, so is the best way to get rid of cold and flu in the winter and take it regularly for overall health.
3) BOOSTS IMMUNITY
The antioxidants in ginger tea can help strengthen your immunity and reduces stress. It helps to fight cold, flu, and infections and support the overall immune system.
It is also thought to be beneficial for flatulent colic, diarrhoea, kidney trouble and chest complaints. The polyphenols in ginger tea help overcome motion sickness and nausea after operations or therapy.
Ginger tea can also motivate metabolism while on diet.
4) IMPROVE BLOOD CIRCULATION
The spicy nature of ginger tea is used as a circulatory stimulant improving poor circulation. The minerals, vitamins and amino acids in ginger tea can restore and improve blood circulation.
5) EASE NAUSEA
Ginger tea is a great stomach settler for nausea related to car or motion sickness and even nausea during pregnancy.
For anti-nausea support, use one-half teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of dried ginger per cup of tea. You can try chamomile or fennel for an effective stomach-settling remedy or consider ginger chew for a fun.
6) PAIN RELIEF
This tea is welcome warming relief for all types of pain including muscle contractions. It helps with every kind of muscle pain, including menstrual cramps, athletic stiffness and digestive cramping.
So now, ready to enjoy your warming cuppa after a workout, as it is believed to help relieve muscle strain after exercise.
How to Make Ginger Tea
Homegrown ginger is wonderfully fresh and juicy in comparison to the drier and more fibrous store-bought ginger. A cup of freshly grated ginger tea has a gentle warming sensation so it is a great winter tea.
1) 1 cup of boiled water
2) 2 pinches of fresh or dried ginger tea.
1) Fill the kettle with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, then pour some into your teacup or teapot to warm it up. Discard the water.
2) Put two pinches of fresh or dried ginger tea into a teapot. Pour the boiled water (which should be between 176 to 185°F/80 to 85°C) over the tea and cover it with a saucer or a lid to contain the aroma.
3) Allow the tea to steep for three minutes, then remove the lid and pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer and enjoy.
It has an amazing spicy lemony flavor. It is also great as an iced tea. Brew as before, allow to cool and then refrigerate until well chilled. Serve with ice cubes and a slice of fresh ginger.
WARMING GINGER DIGESTIVE TEA
Drinking this delicious tea— especially before or immediately following a meal — helps balance the digestive system and relieve digestive upset. This is a basic, all-purpose digestive system tea that is designed to be drunk daily!
1) 3 teaspoons Ginger root
2) ½ teaspoon Cardamom seed
3) 2 teaspoons Cinnamon bark
4) Lemon juice (optional)
5) 2 cups of boiled water
1) In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to boil.
2) Add all the herbs and cover them to contain the aroma.
3) Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes, then remove the lid and pour the tea from the teapot using a tea strainer. Enjoy as a warming digestive tea and circulatory blend.