Health Benefits of Ginger Tea
Dt Sheetal chhabria
Vasanth nagar, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
What is ginger?
Ginger also is known as Zingiber officinale is the most widely used condiment in the world today. Ginger comes from rhizomes, a rhizome is an underground stem that grows horizontally and forms roots downwards while leaves and new stems sprout on top.
For over 4,700 years, Chinese and Indians are using ginger tonics to treat ailments. Sipping on ginger tea can provide relief from some uncomfortable conditions. In winters nothing beats cold like a piping hot cup of ginger tea.
Benefits of ginger tea
- It prevents nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness.
- It improves digestion and increases absorption of food.
- It reduces inflammation in muscles and joints.
- It relieves congestion associated with the common cold.
- It improves blood circulation so decreases the chance of cardiovascular problems.
- It relieves menstrual discomfort, relieves the pain and relaxes the muscles.
- It helps to loosen phlegm and expand the lungs, which in turn helps to recover from difficult breathing.
- It reduces allergies and constant sneezing.
- It contains antioxidants that boost the immune system.
- It is a stress reliever and boosts your mood.
- It helps to improve the sperm quality and male fertility if consumed daily by men. It also helps in treating erectile dysfunction in males.
- It is a fat burner that burns excess fat and does not affect general weight.
How to Make Ginger Tea
• Ginger Root – Fresh and about 3 ounces
• Water – Boiled and approximately 3 cups
• Honey/Maple Syrup/ Brown Sugar – to taste
• Lemon Juice – Optional for taste
• Apple – Optional for taste
- The ginger roots should be thoroughly washed to remove the dirt. This should be done under flowing water to clean it effectively.
- Peel the skin of the ginger and then cutting or chopping it into fine pieces. Peeling can be avoided in case you have followed the cleaning procedure well.
- In a pan, put some water to boil.
- Add the ginger to it and then let it simmer on low flame for the next 20 minutes. Switch off the heat and let it be for the next 5 minutes before using the liquid.
- Strain the liquid into a cup using a clean mesh strainer.
- Add your preferred sweetener and flavor of lemon or apple to the ginger tea and then serve or consume it immediately.
Side Effects of Ginger Tea
- Ginger tea can cause restlessness and sleeplessness.
- Gallstones patients should not drink ginger tea.
- Ginger tea should not be taken during pregnancy.
- Avoid ginger tea on an empty stomach, as it can cause stomach upset.
Overdose can cause diarrhea, irritation, nausea, and heartburn.