Why make, or even drink tea made from the root of the ginger plant?
For one, the taste and aroma of this tea is remarkable and the health benefits are numerous and certainly worth it.
Another good reason is that itâ€™s easily obtainable at most grocery stores and even pre-packaged as tea products in some. Ginger tea can be bought online at a reasonable price as well.
Whenever possible choose fresh ginger, it should be firm, smooth, and free of mold. Fresh ginger can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks if unpeeled.Â If stored in the freezer unpeeled it will keep up to six months.
Many Doctors, Herbalist, Biologist have proclaimed the benefits of the ginger plant.
Â Some of the proclaimed benefits include:
- Decrease in nausea
- Decrease in cholesterol levels
- Helps blood pressure
- Reduces blood clotting
- Helps with colds, flu's, allergies
- Helps arthritis
- Stomach cramps
- Motion sickness
- Increases circulation
- Helps you sweat and get rid of toxins
Fact: Traditionally ginger is used in gingerbread, ginger ale, ginger snaps, and many Asian dishes.
Â One great reason to have a cup of ginger tea is it just plain smells good and tastes good.
Â Here are a few easy recipes for ginger teas:
Ginger Cinnamon Tea
Â½ cup thinly sliced fresh ginger
6 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
Lemon wedges for garnish if desired
In a saucepan, simmer ginger, cinnamon, and water 20 minutes, or more for stronger tea. Add honey or sugar and strain tea through a sieve.
Basic Ginger Tea
4 cups water
2 inch piece of ginger root
Optional; honey and lemon slice
Peel the ginger root and slice it in to thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.
Basic Ginger Tea with Twist
4-6 thin slices raw ginger
1Â½-2 cups water
Juice from Â½ lime, or to taste
1-2 tbsp. honey or agave nectar, or to taste
Peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the flavor of the ginger tea. Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For stronger flavor boil longer and use more ginger.
Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey or agave nectar to taste.
Ginger is a good source of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6