8 Health Benefits of Ginger (and How to Make Ginger Tea) - Rivertea Blog
Monica Munteanu | On 21, Jun 2013
With all the great benefits at hand, you can never go wrong with ginger. For thousands of years now, ginger has been a star root, used as a spice and medicine all over the world. With its uncommonly interesting taste, ginger gladly fills up our plates and takes care of our body in it unique ways.
Ginger is a perfect source of multiple vitamins and minerals, you can serve it with anything and the best part is you can drink it. Yes, keep reading and we will reveal how you can make your very own ginger tea at home.
First of all, let’s see what all the fuss is about – here are 8 heatlh benefits of ginger that will make it your go to spice every day of the week.
1. Motion sickness antidote
If you have a road trip planned soon and are worried that you will be to sick to enjoy it, then ginger is your new best friend. It can soothe your nerves and prevent vomiting, so no more car sick for you. It is also known to get rid of headaches and migraines. Make sure to pack a bottle of ginger tea with you before heading off.
2. The cure for flu
The most natural way to cure and even prevent a nasty cold. The antioxidants it releases help improve your immune system and make you stronger during the flu season. Asians have been using it as a flu treatment for thousands of years. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day of steeped ginger and you’ll feel as good as new in no time.
3. A solution for an upset stomach
Ginger is known for its amazing abilities in assisting an aching belly and even the stomach flu. It appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen. What’s more, it has succeeded in easing morning sickness, so it’s definitely recommended for pregnant women.
4. Stress reliever
You like the smell of ginger, don’t you? Well, now you can use it as aroma therapy and get rid of the bad energy that has been following you. Take a whiff and get your sunny disposition back. The best way is to brew a cup of tea and create a new evening routine.
5. After gym remedy
If you’re feeling sore after your daily exercise, drink a cup of ginger tea to ease inflammation to the joints and muscles. It can lessen swelling and puffiness and cure athlete’s foot. Furthermore, it’s a natural painkiller.
6. Fighting off respiratory problems
Ginger is known to expand lungs and loosen up phlegm, acting as a natural expectorant. Thus it can help those suffering from different respiratory problems and aid in a quickly recovery. If you have allergies, don’t hesitate to consume lots of ginger.
7. Pounds off
Losing weight isn’t only about looks, but also health. Ginger can act as a fat burner and also make you feel full, so you will eat less and reduce the overall caloric intake. Get rid of those extra pounds with a cup of ginger tea.
8. Better circulatory system
Get your blood flowing and gain more energy. A cup of ginger tea is a prize for a cold climate for it warms you up and get your circulation running better. In addition, it’s an aphrodisiac and works equally for both sexes. Now that’s a good reason to keep it close to you.
How to make ginger tea
Now that you have spotted all the good things ginger has to offer and are already half way to the store to stack up, why not boil some water and have yourself a merry cup of delicious ginger tea. It’s as easy as you’re used to:
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated gingerroot
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey or sugar
Place grated ginger into a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Fill to the 1-1/2 cup line with boiling water. Set timer for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, strain into a large mug and stir in sugar or honey (you may need more or less, depending on how sweet you want your tea). Taste; if it’s too strong (too gingery) for you, add a little more boiling water to your mug.
You can add a pinch of cinnamon or cayenne pepper to it to spice up the taste. You can also drink it iced, just store it in the refrigerator after steeping. Sip and enjoy!
There is nothing greater than introducing in your diet a natural healer that prevents diseases and also aids in your overall wellbeing. And to add to all that you can enjoy it as a cup of tea. Ginger is truly a blessing.
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