Ginger root, an aromatic and spicy herb, has been used for centuries as both food and medicine. It is one of the most widely used herbal remedies on the planet today.
Ginger tea, made from ginger root, is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium. Its characteristic flavor and odor is caused by a mixture of volatile oils (gingerols, shoagaols, and zingerone).
Ginger root is actually not a root but an underground stem (rhizome). It is harvested year round. The longer ginger root is in the ground, the hotter and spicier it is and the better it is when used as a medicinal herb.
Health Benefits of Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is well known for treating motion sickness by calming a queasy stomach. Before taking a trip, and during, sip on a cup of ginger tea.
In one study, published in the April 2005 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ginger was more effective than prescribed anti-vomiting drugs (which can be harmful) when treating severe cases of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Ginger tea, because it has anti-fungal properties, is a great herbal remedy for relieving the burning and itching associated with athlete’s foot. Prepare ginger tea, let it cool down, and soak your foot for 15 minutes a couple of times a day.
Other health benefits of ginger tea include:
- relieves sore throat
- minimizes symptoms of allergies, the common cold, and other respiratory disorders
- relieves flatulence
- reduces excessive perspiration
- decreases blood sugar
- relieves menstrual pain
- freshens bad breath
- increases libido.
Preparing Ginger Tea
Preparing ginger tea using fresh, mature ginger root:
- wash and peel the ginger
- cut into small, thin pieces
- pour 1 cup of boiling water over 3/4 teaspoon of ginger
- steep for 5 minutes
To get the best health benefits of ginger tea, wrap fresh ginger root tightly in a towel, place it in a sealed plastic bag, and keep it in the refrigerator (for 3 weeks) or in the freezer (for 3 months).
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