Benefits of Ginger Tea
Ginger Tea has many health benefits. Ginger is a vermifuge. Drinking ginger tea on a regular basis can help prevent stomach upsets such as indigestion and nausea, flatulence and gas, and divert a migraine.
Prevention is better than cure: Drinking ginger tea and using ginger in your cooking will strengthen your immune system: Ginger not only helps your digestion, it will help to keep your blood pressure normal, help to keep cholesterol levels in check, lower the risk of heart attack, keep your intestines clean and improve the blood circulation.
Remember that it is always easier to avoid sickness with appropriate measures rather than try to treat an illness later after the damage has been done, so get stuck into that ginger tea. Between four and six cups a day can be taken by an adult. Use half or less of this amount for children.
For certain illnesses: Ginger can be used in helping people whose health is below par and who may suffer from things such as irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers and arthritic symptoms : These things can generally be helped by drinking ginger tea on a regular basis, in combination with an appropriate diet.
NOTE: Ginger is a natural blood thinner. If you are taking medications such as Warfarin or other blood thinners, then ginger is Not recommended. Again – prevention is better than cure. It is far better to watch your diet and take appropriate herbal medicine BEFORE you have to go to the doctor. Generally speaking, people who begin taking blood thinners such as warfarin are not given the chance to ever come off these drugs: They continue taking them year after year until they die, after the drugs have had irreparable side effects. Not all doctors have this approach, fortunately, but many do.
Recipe for Ginger Tea
Powdered Ginger: This can be used to make a healthful tea. One teaspoon of powdered ginger can be used per cup of boiling water. Let the tea stand for ten minutes before drinking.
Freshly Grated Ginger Roots: However, the very best ginger tea is that which is made from the fresh grated root. Make sure that the ginger is fresh, with no mouldy bits on it.
Grate between half a teaspoon to a small teaspoonful of ginger into a cup. Grating ginger releases more of the healthful properties into the tea than if you simply chop it. Pour over boiling water and let the tea stand for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
The juice of half a lemon and a small teaspoon of honey may be added to the tea for extra health benefits. Added lemon juice and honey is recommended especially if you are treating a cold or the flu. Adults can drink between 4 to 6 cups of ginger tea per day when treating a cold or flu. Children between five and 12 would take only half this amount.
Ginger Tea Bags: Alternatively, you may buy ginger tea bags to use instead of making the tea fresh from ginger roots. This method is not as good, nor is it as pure as using fresh ginger, as tea bags themselves contain small amounts of formaldehyde and other chemicals which are used in their making. Fresh ginger, dried powdered ginger or crystallized ginger roots are the best forms to use. Fresh grated ginger probably contains slightly more goodness than powdered ginger.
Crystallized Ginger Roots: One or two pieces of crystallized ginger may be finely chopped or grated to make a tea.
Ginger Beer: This is another way to gain health benefits from drinking a ginger ‘brew’. A 350 ml glass of natural ginger beer can be taken instead of tea. Remember the sugar content in ginger beer, though: You would not consume as much ginger beer as you would ginger tea, because of the high sugar content in ginger beer. Best to alternate your tea drinking with a little ginger beer.