Ginger tea benefits

Ginger is a natural spice with a very identifiable, delicious taste that has been and is used in many parts of the world for its medicinal and culinary properties. Centuries ago, the uses started as an anecdote to relieve upset stomachs. Today, there are more benefits than that for which we use ginger tea. The ginger plant is native to Asia; it is popular in China and India, along with many other eastern countries. It is an alternative medicine practice that ginger tea can be used for properties other than cooking. Botanically, it is related to marjoram and turmeric; medicinally, it is related to many of the over-the-counter supplements available used to help certain problems. The part of the plant that is used for medicinal and culinary purposes is the aromatic rhizome, or the underground stem. This ginger root (which makes ginger tea) is full of magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and oils that contribute to the wonderful health benefits of ginger tea.

Beneficial Properties of Ginger Tea: Vitamins, Minerals, and Oils
First, let’s break down the vitamins and minerals and what they are good for in the body. This will help us better understand how ginger tea does so many important things. Magnesium helps muscles and bones and relieves menopausal symptoms; vitamin C helps the immune system; vitamin B6 helps with protein metabolism; potassium helps regulate blood pressure. The essential oils that come from ginger are used in aromatherapy as massage oil; this is a practice in many parts of the world. The active ingredients in this oil are oleoresin and terpenes.

Health Benefits
The ailments and conditions that ginger tea can help with are wide ranging. They are all due to the vitamins, minerals, and oils that are present in ginger. The combination of nutrients is wonderful and people should take advantage of it whenever they can, especially if they’re experiencing something from the list below! Here are all the things that ginger tea can do.

  • Nausea relief, particularly in pregnant women
  • Alleviating motion sickness
  • Helping the digestive system, due to the gingerols
  • Helping reduce constipation, due to its laxative effect
  • Combating inflammation
  • Reducing dizziness
  • Stimulating a weak appetite
  • Limiting flatulence, due to the oils
  • Controlling chronic pain
  • Easing the pain of rheumatoid arthritis because of anti-inflammatory properties
  • Minimizing symptoms of the common cold, flu, and allergies; it acts as an expectorant
  • Relieves a sore throat
  • Relieving headaches and migraines
  • Antiseptic properties
  • Reduces excessive perspiration
  • Gets rid of peptic ulcers
  • Decreases blood sugar levels
  • Helps the circulatory system
  • Freshening bad breath
  • Capable of lowering blood cholesterol levels

Recipe for Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is actually an addition to many energy drinks and can be bought over-the-counter by itself. Many people know its health benefits and manufacturers are trying to take advantage of it by adding it to their products. Actually, it’s quite simple to make ginger tea in your own home, with a cheaper price and a sense of accomplishment that you’re making your own ailment-relieving remedy! Try this recipe below in the comfort of your own house today.

Lemon Ginger Tea
4 cups water
2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
Honey and lemon slice

Wash and peel the ginger root; slice into very thin slices. Bring the 4 cups water to a boil in a sauce pan; once boiling, add the ginger. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste. Enjoy this drink hot or cold; try on a hot summer day with ice or warm on a wintry and cold evening.

Last updated on Jan 17th, 2011 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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