7 Health Benefits of Ginger Tea
If you’re a tea drinker (and you probably are if you’re reading this), then you probably drink tea for your health, but are you aware of all the benefits ginger tea has to offer? Tea has been used for centuries as an elixir and healing agent, and ginger tea is no exception. Ginger tea also makes a great latte.
If you haven’t tried ginger tea yet, maybe these health benefits will inspire you to pour yourself a cuppa:
1. Good Travelling Companion
Ginger tea can help soothe your nerves and relax your body which can be especially helpful when travelling. It will help you recover from jet lag and ease headaches. It also reduces motion sickness and calms your stomach.
2. Good for Digestion
In addition to calming your stomach, it also helps your body improve food absorption, which is great if you feel any kind of gut sensitivity after a big meal. It will help reduce bloating and gas as well as ease any kind of stomach discomfort.
3. Good for Congestion and Asthma
Ginger tea loosens phlegm and expands the lungs, helping you breathe easier. It also helps to reduce allergy symptoms. Mix in a little local honey, a squeeze of lemon, and a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and you have an elixir for seasonal allergy symptoms.
4. Good for Inflammation
If you suffer from arthritis or any kind of joint pain, you need a little ginger tea in your day. It helps reduce pain and swelling associated with sore muscles and joints.
5. Good for Weight Management
Lemon ginger tea is great for helping you maintain your weight or even encourage a little weight loss. The ginger reduces feelings of hunger and when you add a wedge of lemon, known to increase insulin resistance and reduce body fat, you have a tea that help you increase your metabolism and burn calories.
4. Good for Immunity
Ginger tea contains antioxidants that boost your immunity. As an added benefit, it also reduces your risk of stroke and reduces fatty deposits in your arteries. And if that wasn’t enough, it also helps to lower your cholesterol.
5. Good for Stress Relief
The scent of ginger has been shown to help your mind relax and calm. If you’re having a stressful day, pour a cup of ginger tea, sit back, and just breathe it in for a few moments. You’ll feel the day melt away.
6. Good for Cancer Patients
Ginger tea has been shown to eradicate cancer cells, helping cancer patients heal. With it’s digestive benefits as well, it also helps to reduce the nausea caused by chemotherapy.
7. Good for Alzheimer’s
Ginger tea reduces the loss of brain cells and protects your brain, helping to keep Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory loss diseases at bay.
How To Make Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is fairly easy to make and can be enjoyed hot or cold.
- 3 oz Fresh Ginger Root, thoroughly scrubbed to remove dirt, peeled, and chopped or sliced
- 3 cups Boiling Water
- Honey, Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar for sweetness (optional)
- Fresh Squeezed Wedge of Lemon (optional)
- Boil the water then follow one of these preparation methods:
Place the ginger in a pot or boil and pour boiling water over it. Cover to keep hot and let steep for about 15 minutes.
If using a pot to boil water, the ginger can be added directly to the water before boiling. After the water reaches a boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit for about 5 more minutes before drinking.
For both methods, you can strain the ginger out using a clean mesh strainer.
Drink immediately or store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a day. Enjoy hot or cold.
Cautions of Ginger Tea
• Can cause restlessness and sleeplessness so don’t drink at night
• Do not consume if you have gallstones
• Do not consume if you are pregnant
• Avoid drinking on an empty stomach
• Limit your intake to just one or two cups per day. Too much can cause diarrhea, nausea, and heartburn
Use your ginger tea to make a delicious ginger tea latte, perfect for a chilly day.