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Ginger Tea – Why Drink and How To Prepare?

September 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments ·
 
 

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Ginger team characteristic flavor and odor is caused by a mixture of volatile oils.  Chinese like to have gingers in some of the dishes.  If you do not like its odor, then tea is the most gentle form of consuming ginger.

6 Main Benefits of Ginger Tea:

  1. My grandma normally uses ginger tea as a cold remedy.  Ginger is a good source of Vitamin C.  It helps to improve your recovery time.
  2. Ginger tea also minimizes symptoms of the allergies and other respiratory conditions.  If you have been coughing for sometime, try ginger tea.
  3. Ginger tea has a wholesome effect on the blood circulatory system.  It helps to bring increased flow of blood to surface of skin.  It causes the blood vessels to dilate and therefore you experience warming effect.  In fact, ginger is a good anti-clotting agent.  It acts on the platelets aggregation in the blood.  You should stop drinking ginger tea days before your operation.
  4. Ginger tea limits flatulence.  It helps indigestion by stimulating secretion of digestive juices.  The stagnation of food particles in the intestinal tract and accumulation of metabolic toxins are carried away by the ginger.  Ginger tea limits wind in the stomach.  It is found to be effective in cramps caused by stomach gas.
  5. Ginger tea eases the pain of muscle aches.  Many women claim that ginger tea help to relax muscular spasms and in relieving the pain during menstrual periods.
  6. In addition to that, ginger tea has also been used to treat joint pains by stimulating blood circulation.  It is used to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis including joint stiffness.

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How To Prepare Ginger Tea:

  1. Wash the ginger before peeling it.  Slice it thinly or grate it.
  2. Put the water in a saucepan.  Boil the water.
  3. Put the ginger into the boiling water.  Reduce the heat and simmer the tea for 15 to 20 minutes.  The longer you soak it in the water, the stronger the flavor is.
  4. Strain the tea.
  5. Not everyone can take the flavor as it can be considered “spicy”.  You can sweeten it with honey or lemon.
  6. Enjoy the tea, hot or cold.

Other Tips

  • Do not take ginger if you have high fever, ulcers or gallstones.
  • Too much of good thing can be bad.  Ginger team may upset your stomach if you have too much.  So, watch the amount you use.
  • If you have a cold or flu, try boiling a bit of garlic with ginger tea and then add a squeeze of lemon.  Do not add sugar.
  • You may have seen the ginger soda or ginger ale in supermarket.  Most of them are artificially flavored and will not give you similar benefits like what ginger can.  The only off the shelve ginger tea I recommend is from Traditional Medicinals Herbal Teas.
  • For left over, store it in a jug in the refrigerator.  It can be reheated or drunk as iced ginger tea.

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  • missyblurkit // Sep 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Ginger and of course ginger tea is one of my fave remedies when I feel a lil under the weather. Some days, I just slice it thinly and let them steep in a cup of hot water. Its milder then but simple to whip out in the office:P

  • foongpc // Sep 7, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I do find ginger tea very effective in reducing wind in the stomach : )

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