Ginger Tea – Health Benefits and Recipes

The Ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) produces is an rhizome (underground stem) with amazing health benefits.  Long used by the Chinese and other Oriental traditions as a treatment for a variety of ailments, Ginger is again lending its healing properties for a variety of health ailments.

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Ginger has a spicy twinge to it, and is used in flavorings for things such as ginger ale. Ginger is also eaten raw, in capsules or can be used as ginger tea in order to enjoy its health benefits.

Benefits of Ginger Tea:

When I was a child I used to drink ginger tea or use ginger capsules to relieve gas or stomach discomfort.  It worked, instantly, soothing my little tummy.

Here is a list of Ginger tea’s Benefits:

  • Ginger tea can be used for stomach problems, including nausea, cramps, gas, bloating, colic and diarrhea by stimulating the digestive system
  • Ginger tea can be used by cancer patients to help reduce nausea
  • Ginger tea can be used during pregnancy to reduce morning sickness and help digestion by boosting digestive fluids and reducing stomach acids

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  • Ginger tea can reduce Heartburn due to its effect on digestive fluids
  • Ginger tea can reduce blood cholesterol by reducing the body’s ability to absorb cholesterol in the blood and through the liver
  • Ginger tea can help with weight loss by being a thermogenic agent – that is, it raises the metabolic capacity of the body, causing it to burn more calories even at rest.  This does typically also result in a slight temperature increase of the body, or flush feeling.
  • Ginger tea can help asthmatic and other upper-bronchial allergy attacks or colds, by stimulating the airways to open
  • Ginger Tea can use a combination of its stimulating and cleansing benefits to help remove toxins from the body and cleanse lymph nodes , slowing cancer and colds alike.

How to Prepare Ginger Tea:

Quality prepared Ginger  tea can be readily purchased through many online and local health food stores

However, For the maximum benefit, you may as well wish to purchase a small rhizome of Ginger from your local supermarket.  The Ginger should be fresh and hard, not old and spongy.

Cut or snap off a small “thumb” of ginger from the rhizome and peel it.

Slice it finely into 6 to 12 slivers.

Boil it for about 5-10 minutes.

Many recipes suggest adding lemon to the tea for more variety. The amount of lemon is entirely up to your taste.

For sweetener, Chinese culture uses natural brown sugar. Current health wisdom normally calls for honey. Or of course, sans sweetner is always fine too.