Ginger tea became quite popular lately and it is known for its multiple benefits. You can easily include this into your morning routine, to start up your digestion and to improve your immune system. You will find out here why is this tea good for you and what are the ginger tea benefits.
I admit that 10 years ago I didn’t know that ginger exists, especially ginger tea. Now, ginger definitely became one of my must have ingredients in my pantry for both cooking and making tea. Even my tea travelling kit contains it, and this kit only has 5 ingredients! This means that it is indeed a very powerful tea with many health benefits.
Ginger Tea recipe
Ginger tea can be made of fresh or dried ginger root. It has a strong spicy taste. Some of you might not like the strong taste but you can easily manage this by modifying the quantity or the steeping time.
- 1 tsp finely chopped or grated fresh ginger. You can also use dried ginger but the fresh one is a better option.
- 200 ml water
- honey (optional)
- lemon (optional)
1. Pour the boiling water in a mug with the ginger and let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
Start with fewer minutes if you are not really a fan of the ginger taste. In time you can slowly increase the steeping time while you will get used to it.
2. Cover the mug while steeping, to better preserve the essential oils and all the benefits.
3. The benefits of ginger tea can be increased by adding lemon and honey. This will also enhance the taste.
Ginger Tea Benefits
Ginger contains a diverse array of many important vitamins and minerals. It also contains gingerol, a compound with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties .
1. Treats Nausea & Indigestion
Studies proove that you can use ginger tea to reduce morning sickness and nausea. In case of an indigestion, ginger is very efficient in emptying the stomach faster, promoting digestion and nutrient absorption.
You can increase the effect on nausea symptoms, you can add mint as well.
2. Eases Sore throat
Sore throat can be painful and uncomfortable. There are various natural ways to soothe the sore throat and ginger tea is one of them. If you are looking for more remedies for sore throat, read my “5 Surprising Teas for Sore Throat” post.
3. Helps with Weight Loss
Ginger tea is can help to reduce the feeling of hunger and can also stimulate the metabolism. Many people enjoy a glass of warm ginger water first thing in the morning. This kick-starts your digestion and helps reducing the feeling of hunger between meals.
4. Regulates blood sugar
Research shows that drinking ginger tea can regulate the level of sugar in blood. It is alwas better to prevent than to treat.
5. Improves brain function
Having a high content of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger tea can help the health of your brain. By soothing the nerves and improving the mood, ginger tea can help as well with clear thinking and improved concentration.
6. Boosts immunity
Boosting your immune system is another great benefits of ginger tea. If you already have a cold or just preventive, you can drink 1-2 cups of ginger tea per day. Containing compounds like gingerols, shogaol and paradols, it can help fight free radicals, reduce inflammation.
Read my Tea Recipe For Boosting Your Immune System.
7. Eases inflammation
With its active ingredient, gingerol, ginger tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce inflammation in the body. this means that is can help soothe headaches, fevers, muscle aches.
8. Relaxes the body
Drinking ginger tea has a direct impact in reducing the level of the stress hormone. When the cortisol level is reduced, the body feels more relaxed, that is one of the reasons for which drinking ginger tea at night is a healthy habit.
9. Relieves joint and muscle pain
Drinking ginger tea can help you reduce pain, due to its ability to reduce inflammation.
It can also be applied on the skin using a cloth, directly on the painful spot.
Ginger tea reduces irritation, swelling, and inflammation in the body but can also function as an analgesic
10. Skin Care
Due to the high vitamin and minerals content, ginger tea is great for improving skin health.
The high content of antioxidants promotes the growth of new cells and the antibacterial properties will protect the skin.
11. Hair care
Use ginger tea as a hair rinse. This can improve the hair growth, reduce dry skin and dandruff and also strengthen your hair.
It is a great conditioner due to the high mineral content.
For more details on the nutrients and benefits of ginger, you can check this article.
Ginger decoction recipe
Whenever I have a cold, one of my favorite remedies is to make a ginger decoction. Preparing it this way, will extract lots of benefits and you will end up with a strong drink, packed with benefits and ready to help your immune system.
If you are struggling with a bad cough or sore throat, I definetely recommend to make this ginger decoct to help you release the symptoms.
- 10 grams of diced fresh ginger
- 250 ml of water
1. Put the water on the stove and bring it to a boil.
2. Put the finely diced ginger into the water and let it simmer for 20 minutes. When it is ready, strain the liquid into a mug.
3. Before drinking it, add some honey to cover the strong taste and to add even more anti-inflammatory properties to it.
Other ways to use ginger:
This is a delicious recipe which is perfect for evenings, to soothe your body when you feel a bit sick or even just to prepare you for a good night sleep.
Read the “How to make Golden Milk – The easiest recipe”
You can easily peel and add a small piece of ginger to your smoothie for a boost of energy and antioxidants.
Adding ginger when you make fresh veggie juice it is great for health.
Ginger tea side effects
In general, ginger is safe to consume. There have been reported some complaints about stomach discomfort, heartburn and diarrhea. If your body shows allergic symptoms to ginger tea or if you know that your digestive system is more sensitive, consult your doctor before using ginger.
- Ginger tea is packed with health benefits as it contains a high amount of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants.
- It is easy to prepare and ideally you want to use fresh ginger root to prepare the tea
- Because of all its benefits, ginger tea can decrease morning sickness, reduce pain, improve immune system , brain function and help the skin and hair.
- Try to include ginger into your diet as tea or when you are cooking. You can use it fresh or in powder form and you can add it to various dishes.
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