At our home, we love to cook with ginger. It definitely adds zing to our dishes. But it is not only great to flavor dishes, ginger has been used for centuries to treat an upset stomach, heartburn, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and other digestive issues.
If you’re planning to prepare a huge meal, you could serve a cup of ginger tea (check my three favorite recipes below) after dessert. Family and friends will thank you for this. No swollen bellies or overstuffed feelings at your dinner table :-). Peppermint tea or a mix of both works too.
The Health Benefits Of Ginger In A Nutshell
1. Digestion Aid
Ginger is very effective to prevent or cure nausea, vomiting, flatulence, bloating, heartburn, upset stomach, and diarrhea. When eaten just before a meal, ginger fires up your digestive juices and increases your appetite. Moreover, ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and helps to break down proteins. Furthermore, ginger promotes mucus secretion to protect your stomach against ulcers.
2. Prevents Motion Sickness
Many people swear by ginger tea to cure them of their motion sickness. Try ginger candy, drops, or tea to find relief.
3. Natural PainKiller
Works wonders to cure a headache, toothache, migraine, and menstrual pain. Its strong anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial for pain associated with the inflammation of gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. To treat the pain, you must apply a hot paste made of ginger and turmeric onto the affected area, twice a day and include more ginger in your diet and/or drink ginger tea daily to reduce the pain.
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4. Anticancer Properties
Due to its high levels of antioxidants, ginger may help us to protect our body against cancer or it may even help to kill cancer cells. Ginger tea is an excellent remedy to treat the side effects of chemotherapy.
5. Respiratory Problems
Ginger’s antihistamines are excellent to treat allergies. Moreover, ginger tea with honey works wonders to soothe a sore throat and fight the flu or a cold.
6. Improves Heart Health
Ginger improves circulations, thins the blood, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
Scroll down for my favorite ginger tea recipes.
Great Ginger Tea Recipes
I love ginger tea. It soothes a sore throat and aids digestion. And most importantly, it tastes great! Check out my previous blog post to discover the 4 best sugar substitutes to sweeten your tea.
#1 Honey-Lemon-Ginger Tea
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- A tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- A cup of boiling water
- 1 tablespoon or to taste honey (optional)
Pour boiling water over the ginger, cover, and steep for 3-5 minutes. Further, strain the ginger and add the lemon juice and honey.
#2 Honey-Cinnamon-Ginger Tea
Cinnamon will add more healing benefits to your tea. Moreover, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties, regulates blood sugar levels, and may even help you to reduce cholesterol.
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Honey to taste (optional)
- 1 cup boiling water
Pour boiling water over the ginger, cover, and steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain the ginger and add the cinnamon and honey.
#3 Ginger-Cardamom Latte
Love the cardamom flavor! If you don’t like nut milk, reduce the amount or leave it out of the recipes and use more water instead. Or if you love it with the milk, leave out the water and add more of it.
- 1 ½ teaspoon dried tea leaves (I like green, oolong or Ceylon tea)
- ½ inch crushed or grated ginger
- A crushed cardamom pod
- ½ cup nut milk of your choice, I love almond or coconut milk
- ⅓ cup water
- Honey, agave, or stevia to taste (optional)
At first, bring the water to boil, when boiling add the ginger, cardamom, and tea leaves. Next, simmer for another 2 minutes over medium to low heat. Furthermore, add the milk, when the milk boils (mixture will rise), reduce the heat. Then, increase heat again until the milk boils once more and remove from the heat. At the end, strain into a cup and add honey to taste.
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Did you make ginger tea before? What’s your favorite ginger tea recipe? Please share your recipe with us in the comment box.
Thanks for reading. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.