With the onset of winters, sipping hot, ginger tea might seem the perfect thing to do while cuddled inside a comforter on a warm bed. Not only does ginger tea taste great but it has also got lots and lots of health benefits.
For thousands of years, mankind has been aware of the tremendous medicinal benefits of ginger. Ginger comes packed with vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals and if you add peppercorn, honey or lemon, then it just might become a formidable weapon to fight cold and flu.
Let’s briefly narrate the other health benefits that ginger tea has apart from fighting cold.
Ginger may soothe your stomach: Ginger has medicinal properties that may help fight nausea and motion sickness.
Relieves muscle pain: Ginger has many anti-inflammatory properties that might aid in relieving muscle pain and soreness. In some cases drinking ginger tea after a tough workout may help you cope with exercise-related muscle soreness.
Improves blood circulation: The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger tea improve blood circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems. Ginger also prevents fat from depositing in the arteries helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke.
Strengthens immunity: Ginger tea contains high levels of antioxidants that help to boost your immunity. In some cases, ginger has been found to even slow down the growth of cancer cells.
Less-Painful Periods: It has been scientifically observed that women who took ginger experienced less menstrual cramps than those who did not.
Relieve stress: Ginger tea has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension. This is thought to be due to a combination of its strong aroma and healing properties.
Increases fertility: Some people believe that ginger tea is an aphrodisiac that works to boost a man’s fertility. Some studies show that regular intake of ginger may increase a man’s sperm count and help with erectile dysfunction.
Fights respiratory problems: Ginger tea has immense value especially during the cold weather. It not only keeps you warm but helps your throat and upper respiratory system to remain healthy.
Lowers cholesterol levels: Ginger tea might lower your bad cholesterol (LDL levels) and may increase your good cholesterol levels (HDL Levels).
Ginger tea may even help to detoxify liver.
A word of caution here. Medical research also suggests that ginger may cause adverse reactions in some people leading to stomach irritation, diarrhoea and heart burn. Also if you suffer from gallstones, diabetes or a heart condition then drinking excessive ginger tea might make your condition worse.
But if you are not allergic to ginger, here’s a simple recipe for making Ginger Tea.
How to make Ginger Tea
Water-1 + ¼ cup
Ginger grated-1 teaspoon
Tulsi (Holy Basil) – 4-5 leaves (optional)
Boil the water with the ginger, peppercorn and the Tulsi leaves, if available, till it reduces to approx. a cup.
Strain the concoction into a cup and add the honey.
Stir well and enjoy your cup of ginger tea full of goodness.
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Total time: 7 minutes
No tea leaves? Yes, you read it correctly. Not all tea recipes require tea leaves and this one is the prime example.
I would love to hear your views on this. Do you drink ginger tea regularly at home? What is your favourite method of preparing ginger tea?
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