Ginger is a flowering plant that belongs to Zingiberaceae family and has a very long history of use in various ayurvedic medicines OR Alternative medicines.
Ginger can be used in form of powder, Oil, Juice or fresh grated form to get the benefits it is known for.
Since ginger has a very strong taste, not everyone enjoys it. But if we can implement in our daily life in form of Tea it can be palatable and beneficial in many ways.
When we talk about ginger tea, immediate thing that comes to our mind is adding ginger to the regular conventional tea.
Well, that may help up to certain extent but that is not the right way to prepare your ginger tea and it won’t give you the desired results.
Ginger tea when prepared appropriately, all the goodness of Ginger is passed but when prepared in wrong manner all the goodness of ginger is lost, therefore not giving you the desired results.
Let’s take a quick look at the benefits of Ginger tea before learning how to make it.
Benefits of Ginger Tea
Regular consumption of ginger protects your heart
Ginger helps to reduce Cholesterol and keeps you protected against ischemic heart disease and Stroke.
In a study conducted on rats , it was found that when the rats were fed dry ginger powder for 75 days, the development of atheroma in aorta was lowered significantly (1).
Furthermore, studies also confirmed that gingers contains key compounds that inhibit cholesterol formation.
Some studies also confirms that it has similar effects as aspirin but without side effects.
In Ayurveda, ginger is considered hot in nature therefore it has the tendency to flush the arterial plaques provided a well-balanced diet is followed.
Helps to clean Kidneys and keep Kidney Stones away
Gingers are naturally diuretic which means it will flush out the toxins from your kidneys in form of Urine.
One of the best way to expel toxins from your kidney is to drink lots of water followed by Ginger tea once or twice a day.
Doing this, will cause you to urinate and thereby increasing the chances of cleansing the kidneys.
Tip: Never hold your urine when you feel like urinating as it contributes to build up of toxins.
Lastly, Ginger contains decent amount of citrates that helps preventing Kidney stones, therefore if you are prone to kidney stones, simply add ginger tea and lemons to your diet and you will soon start noticing the amazing effects.
Protects your liver
Gingers have hepatoprotective qualities, which means it helps to protect your liver by enhancing the toxin eliminating capacity of your liver.
In a study conducted on Non Alcoholic fatty liver disease, it was found that consumption of ginger for 12 weeks resulted in significant reduction in Alanine aminotransferase, inflammatory cytokines and insulin resistance index (2).
Furthermore, Ginger helps to speed up your sluggish liver by boosting the metabolism.
Constipation, Gas and digestive related ailments will never be a problem if your liver is in a good shape.
Start replacing your regular caffeine and nicotine loaded tea with herbal ginger tea to see visible effects. Having said that diet too plays a very important role i.e. you cannot eat burgers or pizza’s and expect ginger to do the trick.
It is Anti-Cancer
Gingers are naturally high on anti-oxidants and is anti-carcinogenic by nature and this is the precise reason why it has anti-tumor qualities.
The anti-Oxidants in ginger plays a vital role in scavenging free radicals that our body produces due to many factors.
Studies conducted on ginger’s anti-tumor ability shows that consumption of ginger can be an excellent remedy to prevent ovarian cancer (3).
The reason ginger attracts even the modern day scientists is because it contains a key compound call as gingerol. This very compound is believed to have the anti-cancer properties. More studies are still needed to confirm the effect of gingerol on cancer.
Having said that due to its anti-carcinogenic natural, Ginger makes an excellent supplement to keep you young and free from tumors.
Common cough and cold can be easily treated with Ginger juice OR Ginger tea.
Ginger is an excellent herb to keep minor cold, cough and throat infections away as it has anti-microbial properties.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger helps to relax the airways and clean the mucus from lungs.
In india, ayurvedic doctors prescribe fresh ginger with pinch of salt sprinkled on it to get rid of cough, cold and sinusitis.
Furthermore, consumption of ginger can help you stay away from morning sickness, bacterial infections and influenza by boosting the immune system.
Enough of benefits, let’s take a quick look on how to prepare Ginger tea at home.
How to make Ginger tea at home?
To make Ginger tea you will need below Ingredients:
- Half a teaspoon freshly grated ginger.
- A cup of Water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- A pinch of turmeric
- One teaspoon lemon juice
Procedure to make Ginger Tea:
- Take a pot and add a cup of water
- Start boiling the water by adding grated ginger
- Add and turmeric to it
- Boil it for 5 minutes and your ginger tea is ready
- While serving add 1 teaspoon honey to it.
- Enjoy your herbal tea once a day to see visible difference.
Note: It’s not an overnight miracle drink, discipline holds the key to achieve your health goals.