“Everything good is found in ginger,” states an old Indian proverb. Along with its delicious flavor, ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world. Originally from Asia, ginger has been used for its medicinal purposes for nearly 2,000 years by various cultures. I've been adding it a bit more into our diet. Here are some of the benefits it has.
1. Relieves Stress
The aroma of ginger tea is both warm and relaxing, which may ease emotional tension, soothe nerves and provide you with the perfect moment of peace amidst your busy day.
2. Eases Nausea
Nothing settles an upset stomach like a mug of ginger tea. Drink after the onset of nausea to relieve the symptom, or think ahead. Sip some tea before you travel or fly to combat motion sickness before it starts!
3. Aids Digestion
In addition to relieving nausea, ginger tea is renowned for aiding in food absorption during digestion. A cup of tea after a meal can also help prevent bloating and heartburn.
4. Boosts Immunity
Ginger is uniquely anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic and is also very rich in antioxidants. A daily dose provides your body with extra fortifications against infection, virus and disease to keep you healthy and energized.
5. Natural Pain Killer
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for remedying joint and muscle pain and may also help to ease migraine headaches, stomach cramps, or aches from the cold or flu. Use as a warm compress for sore joints and arthritis pain.
6. Improves Blood Circulation
Ginger root contains many vitamins, minerals and amino-acids, which support a healthy cardiovascular system. They detoxify the bloodstream and break down built up fats in arteries that may lead to a stroke. Meanwhile, the natural warming properties of hot tea increases blood flow and aids the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to all cells in the body.
7. Soothes Respiratory Problems
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent remedy for chest congestion caused by allergies, asthma, or the common cold. Sip slowly and breathe deeply!
Around our home, we use it raw and cut up in juices, peeled and cut up finely in cooking dishes and on cool winter afternoons or when feeling under the weather, sip on ginger tea.
Warm Ginger Tea
2 cups of water
1-inch piece of ginger
1-2 slices of lemon
Combine the ginger, lemon and water in a saucepan or small pot on the stove.
Bring to a boil with high heat.
Once the tea is boiling, reduce the heat down to a simmer.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from stove and allow it to cool slightly.
Remove lemon and ginger.
Pour into a mug and enjoy!