The ginger tea it is one of the best known and most appreciated drinks in the world. This particular tea has its roots in ancient times Chinesewhere already 5000 years ago it was used as an invigorating for health and as a remedy against the most varied states of malaise.
Today, after thousands of years, ginger tea is appreciated all over the world, from China to India, up to Italy, thanks to the many beneficial effects that this fragrant drink is capable of giving us.
Ginger is actually the rhizomea sort of horizontal stem of the plant Zingiber officinalea renowned and distinguished member of the family of Zingiberaceae. Numerous beneficial and healing effects are attributed to this root.
We know, for example, that ginger, or more precisely the drink made from this ingredient, can be excellent in the winter months, to improve digestion and warm the body.
But exactly what ginger tea is for? And how many times can we drink it?
Read everything you should know about this drink.
Ginger herbal tea: benefits
In addition to being an ingredient to flavor the most delicious recipes, ginger is also considered a remedy capable of treating some health problems, such as menstrual painthe nausea and the cold.
Numerous studies have highlighted the different properties of ginger, documenting its portentous effects, such as antioxidants, antiemetics, anti-inflammatory effects and more.
But let’s take a closer look what ginger tea is good for.
A natural remedy for nausea
The antiemetic effects ginger have been known for a long time. In fact, it is believed that chewing a small piece of the root can reduce nausea and the feeling of vomiting.
The remedy appears to be effective in case of nausea during pregnancy o hyperemesis gravidarum, that which usually occurs in pregnant women, but also in cases of nausea after surgery often caused by anesthesia.
Ginger tea may offer promising results even in chemotherapy patients suffering from CINV Chemoterapy Induced Nausea and Vomitingnausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy treatments.
Drink an herbal tea at the ginger after meals it could improve digestion, as well as protect gastrointestinal health.
It is believed that this remedy can also help fight diarrhea.
Ginger tea for weight loss
The substances contained in a good cup of ginger tea, primarily the gingerolocan increase body temperature, thereby accelerating metabolism.
In addition, by improving digestive functions, this drink can reduce the sense of hunger and gastrointestinal disorders, having a positive effect on people with overweight or obesity.
A natural pain reliever
Also thanks to the presence of gingerols, which have pain-relieving properties, ginger tea can be considered an effective natural remedy for headaches and migraines.
In addition, ginger can also be used to relieve cough, nasal congestion, and sore throat reduce cold symptoms in a natural way.
Does it fight menstrual pain?
The aforementioned pain-relieving properties of ginger could come in handy during the period of menstruation, when we are struggling with the so-called “dysmenorrhea”, or menstrual pain. The remedy can be useful if taken starting 2 days before your period.
Ginger is fully included in the list of natural anti-inflammatories. In fact, the spice contains numerous compounds capable of fighting inflammation in the body.
Ginger herbal tea: contraindications
Although the beneficial and healing properties of ginger are well known and documented, the possible ones should not be underestimated side effects not contraindications related to regular use of this spice.
Who should avoid taking ginger? Herbal tea, just like the root, should be consumed with caution and moderation by those suffering from gastrointestinal disorderssuch as gastritis, stomach ulcers and bloating.
Also, products containing ginger should be consumed with caution by those who take certain types of medications, such as antidiabetics, anticoagulants and those to regulate blood pressure. The root is in fact able to lower blood pressure.
If you have any doubts, ask your doctor for advice before taking ginger-based remedies and herbal teas.
How often can you drink ginger tea?
You can consume ginger tea as often as you like. This drink, in fact, is considered to be quite safe for health. If you wish, you can sip it in the morning, while having breakfast, or you could enjoy its beneficial effects on digestion after a meal or as a snack.
Among the possible side effects of ginger tea include:
- Heartburn, especially in those suffering from gastroesophageal reflux
- Gas and flatulence.
Where to buy ginger tea?
You can buy the ginger tea in powder or sachets in supermarkets or herbalists, or in online shops. Often, pre-made herbal teas also contain other ingredients, such as green tea or other spices.
On the market you can find different varieties, such as ginger and lemon tea or ginger tea e curcumawith beneficial and invigorating effects.
The flavor, however, could sometimes be very “spicy” and certainly intense.
If you want to give space to your creativity in the kitchen, you might as well decide to prepare ginger tea at home. It really is that easy.
Ginger herbal tea: recipe
Now that we know the benefits and contraindications of ginger tea, we just have to put ourselves in the kitchen. As we anticipated, the procedure for preparing this drink is very easy. You can choose whether to add ingredients such as honey, sugar, mint, cinnamon or lemon to the recipe. So let’s see how to prepare an anti-inflammatory and beneficial ginger herbal tea for our health.
- An inch of ginger root (which equals about 5 grams)
- Sweetener to taste
- A spoonful of lemon juice.
How do you prepare ginger and lemon tea? For the preparation you just need to wash, peel and cut the ginger into slices. Meanwhile, boil a cup of water in a saucepan. Pour the pieces of ginger into the pot and leave to infuse for at least 10 minutes.
Strain the drink and add the lemon juice. Sip your hot ginger tea, not hot, to let yourself be conquered by its spicy and enveloping flavor.
If you want to prepare ginger tea starting from dried root, the advice is to reduce the amount of ginger used, passing from 5 to 2 grams. If you want to experiment in the kitchen, you can prepare delicious herbal teas by also adding mint leaves or cinnamon to the list of ingredients.
In addition, in addition to herbal teas you could also prepare many other types of dishes. In fact, this root is well suited to both sweet and savory preparations. Besides, you can also freeze ginger to use it when you feel like it. All you have to do is wash it, peel it and grate it.
So, keep it in an airtight container and put it in the freezer, to have it at hand for many delicious herbal teas.
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