Ginger tea: the medicinal properties of fresh ginger root (+ recipe)

Ginger tea: the medicinal properties of fresh ginger root (+ recipe)
Ginger tea is a strong cleansing drink that removes toxins and restores balance in the body. Ginger tea also has a positive effect on digestion. It also helps reduce cravings for sweet and salty foods. In this article, you can read more about the beneficial effects of ginger and how you can make fresh and healthy ginger tea yourself.

Ginger: spice for your well-being

Ginger is a pungent, aromatic spice. Ginger has long been used in traditional healing methods to improve digestion and relieve nausea, flatulence, and menstrual cramps. Researchers have found that ginger contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients called gingerols. Ginger also contains strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Ayurveda recommends using fresh ginger rather than dried ginger powder. The taste is better and fresh ginger has more gingerols and other anti-inflammatory compounds. If you use ginger powder, try to find organically grown.

Ginger tea recipe

For 1 liter of ginger tea:

Roughly chop an unpeeled 5 cm piece of ginger root and place it in a 2 to 3 liter pan along with a liter of purified water. Bring to the boil, turn the heat to low and let the tea simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and store it in a thermos or glass jar.

For 1 cup of ginger tea:

Take a piece of unpeeled ginger root and grate 1 heaped teaspoon.
Stir the ginger into a cup of hot water and let it steep for 2 minutes.
Strain the tea or let the ginger sink to the bottom of the cup.

Ginger tea: the medicinal properties of fresh ginger root (+ recipe)

The healthy and beneficial effects of ginger

Below are some recent findings regarding ginger’s potential health benefits:

1. Regular consumption of ginger can help reduce pain and swelling in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

2. Researchers have found that ginger contains specific compounds that can interact with serotonin receptors in the brain, which could reduce anxiety.

3. Ginger is effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, including nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.

4. Small doses can relieve nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, without the adverse side effects of anti-nausea drugs.

5. Research suggests that ginger may also play a beneficial role in stabilizing metabolism, including reducing the risk of diabetes.

Another Ayurveda tip: drink ginger tea or warm water before every meal. This promotes digestion and reduces the chance of overeating.


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