It is a root (rhizome to be exact) that grows in many places. According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
- It is the most widely used and available herbal remedy on the planet, with billions of people using it every day as both food and medicine. A tropical perennial growing to a height of two feet, ginger has lance-shaped leaves and bears stalks of white or yellow flowers.
- It has long been the subject of fable and literature. For centuries, Europeans obtained it form Arab spice traders, who protected their sources by inviting stories of ginger field located in lands stalked by a fierce people called troglodytes.
- A versatile herb, it is used either fresh or dried in nearly two thirds of all traditional Chinese and Japanese herbal formulas. Fresh is used to relieve dryness and heat, while dried is used to relieve dampness and chill.
Ginger is widely available as a fresh root in most grocery stores as well as dried and powdered for use as a spice.
Here are some of the best benefits of ginger tea:
Helps With Morning Sickness
If you’re already a mom, or if you’re currently a mother-to-be, you know how unpleasant morning sickness can be. Yuck. Ginger, with its healing properties for your tummy, is great for that nasty morning sickness!
It contains antioxidants that boost the immune system. Drinking a cup of ginger tea daily will cut the risk of a stroke as well as fatty deposits in the arteries. Ginger tea also lowers cholesterol levels and gives amazing results.
Cough And Cold
Drink a cup of ginger tea if you frequently suffer from cough and a runny nose. This helps to loosen phlegm and relax the respiratory system. It imparts warmness to the body and leaves you feeling fresh.
Ginger helps reduce swelling and irritation in your other organs, so why not your largest organ – the skin! With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger tea in particular helps to clear rashes on the skin. This includes the age-old irritant of the skin, acne.
Here are a couple of simple recipes for ginger tea:
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Splash of nut or soy milk
- Raw honey, to taste
In a small saucepan, bring water to boil. Add turmeric and ginger reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in milk and strain tea into a cup. Add honey and enjoy!
1 inch chunk of ginger, peeled and cut into thin slices
2 cups of water
Lemon juice (optional)
Honey, or brown sugar, to taste
- In a small stockpot boil the ginger with water. Reduce to a simmer and steep for 5-10 minutes depending on desired strength.
- Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, if using, and honey or sugar to taste. Drink immediately or chill.
So make a cup of ginger tea and enjoy yourself.