Ginger has a long history of use, both as food and medicine. Dioscorides, when writing his medical book in 77 A.D. said of ginger that it “warms and softens the stomach.” The Romans first introduced it to Britain, but when they left, it fell into disuse. It made its way back during the Renaissance, when Queen Elizabeth I is credited with having gingerbread men made to distribute to children.
So why drink ginger tea? Well, it can ward off colds, as it is full of antioxidants, the most potent being gingerol, which helps to get rid of harmful chemicals which our bodies can produce when we are under stress. It can help reduce stress levels and can make us feel good. Drink ginger with lemon and honey if you have a sore throat in winter.
How do you make ginger tea? It’s very simple. You take an inch of peeled ginger root and mince it, then add boiling water and a slice of lemon or lemon juice and sweeten it with a little honey. It keeps you warm and healthy, banishing those winter blues and colds. It promotes perspiration so it is good if you have a temperature.
Ginger is also an anti-spasmodic and can relieve muscle pains in the joints. Some studies have shown that ginger lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure, as well as preventing blood clots. It could therefore help to prevent the risk of heart disease.
In Ayurveda it is believed that ginger boosts the properties of other herbs and spices, and in both India and China people believe that this humble root has anti-inflammatory properties. The original Sanskrit word for ginger means horn root, which aptly describes the appearance of root ginger.
If you suffer from car or sea sickness, drink some ginger tea before you set out; it can help prevent motion sickness as it acts beneficially on the stomach. Because of this action ginger tea, it is great for helping the body digest food as it aids digestion. If you suffer from menstrual cramps, soak a towel in hot ginger tea and place it on your stomach.
As with many other things homemade, ginger tea is better done at home instead of being bought in the store in the form of tea bags.
Rather than buying a soda or other store bought iced tea, adding some lemon juice and honey to your ginger tea makes a great health drink both hot and warm. Either make it on your own or you can purchase the organic tea.
Below is the procedure to make your own homemade ginger tea
Buy a ginger root at about 2-21/2 inches long. This will get you about two cups of tea. First you will need to peel the ginger and then grate it. You may also cut the ginger in thin slices if you do not want to grate it.
Put the grated or sliced ginger in the water and boil. When the water has boiled the tea is ready to drink! You can either choose to filter the pieces out or you can keep them in your teacup and just wait for them to settle.
Then you can add the extras that are usually added into a regular cup of tea, such as lemon and honey, plus the tea bag depending on taste.
Tip – for best results and most extract boil for approximately ten to twenty minutes.
You can drink ginger just for the simple pleasures, or to cure anything from a regular cold and cough to serious stomach problems. This is because ginger is great for your health, an expectorant and thermogenic. If you are drinking it to heal a health issue, drink about 3-4 cups daily. Always then go for the best ginger bags of tea if you do want to make the tea yourself.
All these are big claims for a small root, I know, but I love ginger and put it in most of the dishes I cook, as well as making tea from it. One sniff of a hot cup of ginger makes me feel good. It certainly lifts one’s mood, and keeps colds and flu away as it boosts the immune system. So, if you don’t have any root ginger in the kitchen, rush out and buy some. Make some ginger tea and feel better; enjoy this feel-good drink.