The Effect of Ginger and Tea Benefits
During cold weather, or when the flu is approaching, there’s nothing like drinking a warm cup of ginger tea. Some people prefer to drink tea before they eat.
It is, however, advisable to enjoy the beverage after your sumptuous meal because ginger stimulates the digestive juices. Let’s discover more ginger and tea benefits, and let’s get started.
Next time you’re enjoying a cup of ginger tea, observe the slightly stimulating and toning effect on the body, and you will appreciate it very much. Sweetened with manuka honey, the warming and soothing sensation will soon envelop you.
Especially the unique ingredients (pungent and essential oils) of the ginger stimulate the blood circulation and, thus, provide an internally heating reaction.
This makes especially sense for the prevention of colds during the flu season. The essential oils, especially the gingerol, are crucial for the effect of the golden root.
In many cases, the broad spectrum of ginger action can help avoid the need for a quick tablet, especially in the case of harmless and mild cold symptoms.
The active ingredients in ginger are said to have similar effects as those of a painkiller. Ginger has antibiotic and immune stimulating properties and is a great tonic.
Of course, you should visit your doctor if you’re dealing with a serious viral infection and are running a fever. It makes a lot of sense, though, to be helped by nature through, for example, regularly drinking ginger tea to naturally stimulate the self-healing powers and to prevent a cold altogether.
Ginger is on everyone’s lips and many of us eat it almost every day. But where does this little tuber we call ginger root actually come from? Where does the ginger grow and what is a ginger plant?
The ginger plant, or the ginger, has the botanical name: Zingiber officinale Roscoe and belongs to the family of the ginger plants (Zingiberaceae), which in turn belong to the monocotyledonous plants.
The ginger plants are integrated into the order of ginger-like Zingiberals. They are almost only found in the tropics.
Ginger – From the Ginger Family
These plants are usually very strong and have a rhizome, an underground stem axis system that serves as a storage organ.
Other known rhizomes are lily of the valley, horsetail, asparagus, some grasses, goldenseal (turmeric), lotus, bamboo, ivy and galangal (Thai ginger).
The ginger plant of the ginger rhizome is only a special species within a larger plant family – The family of the ginger family consists of over 50 genera and is with over 1000 species, the largest family within the ginger-like plants.
Within the ginger family, the species known to us as the real ginger belongs to the genus of ginger (Zingiber). This genus includes 100 to 150 species, most of which grow in tropical and on wet forest soil.
A well-known spice, the turmeric longa, also known as turmeric, comes from the family of the ginger family, too.
It is the main ingredient of curry and its dye and main active ingredient Curcumin provides the yellow color of this popular spice blend. To learn more about the health benefits and effects of the turmeric, please read my following article:
Spices, such as ginger, were already known in ancient cultures over thousands of years ago and have been used to cure many ailments. They contain valuable active ingredients, make the food more digestible and have an appetizing effect.
The entire digestion is supported, the body detoxifies and rejuvenates (ginger has antioxidant). In certain parts of Europe, ginger has officially been recognized as a medicinal plant for the past 25 years.
Plus, it is frequently used in folk medicine. For many Western doctors and healers, as well as physicians from ancient cultures, it has traditionally been of outstanding importance as herbal medicine and remedy.
Ginger Tea is Especially Good for:
✓ Stomach discomfort
Help with Weight Loss (Stimulation of the Metabolism)
The ginger is said to have additional support for bronchitis, pain, sore throat, liver complaints, rheumatic ailments, diarrhea, dizziness, and (mild!) fever.
Ginger also often helps with fatigue, burn-out and lack of energy because it stabilizes, stimulates and strengthens your body, both, physically and mentally.
Ginger can, furthermore, be used for the treatment of nervousness, fears and anxiety attacks.
The Effect of Ginger Tea depends on the Type of Preparation.
The intake of ginger is possible in different ways. It can be used as a spice in cooking, but here the dosage for a healing effect is too low. You can also take capsules or eat candied ginger, which, however, often contains lots of sugar ( we did encounter ginger pieces without sugar, though, too).
Ginger tea achieves the best effect, because it can be dosed sufficiently strong and, above all, acts faster than capsules.
Simple ginger water is prepared quickly and has different effects depending on the preparation. Ginger water contains only ginger and ginger tea also contains other ingredients. The effect of ginger water can, thus, be supplemented.
Ginger for the Immune System – Strengthen Your Organism with the Root
How does ginger help your organism and does it actually strengthen your immune system? With its many ingredients, the potential is huge.
The effect of ginger in fresh and dried form is slightly different. In powder production, some components of the ginger transform in the process of drying and turn into more pungent substances.
Depending on which effect you want to achieve, you can make tea from fresh root or ginger powder or, of course, from both. The composition of ginger powder is 100% ginger (powdered ginger rootstock).
Here, it is essential to pay attention to good quality, since bad powder can even be infested with mold fungi. It should, therefore, be stored dry and consumed relatively quickly.
Homemade ginger tea from the powdered ginger rootstock (ginger powder) has provided great relief with nausea in my experience.
Ginger tea can be additionally refined with honey, whereby here the additional positive health effects of honey should not be underestimated.
Honey is said to be better than antibiotics. Try to use organic honey from a nearby beekeeper instead of the cheap counter version from the supermarket.
For colds with a sore throat or laryngitis, ginger tea from fresh ginger juice, ginger powder, honey and fresh lemon juice (drunk several times a day) helps the healing process in a meaningful way.
For me, ginger is the best universal herb of folk medicine or natural medicine. For everyday complaints, as a tonic and as a home remedy, it is a good helper for many people.
Plenty of folks drink their ginger tea daily and do not want to miss out on its beneficial effects. If you do not like the taste of ginger or ginger tea, it is possible to take it in capsule form to benefit from the healing effect, as well.
What Exactly is Behind the Effects of Ginger and Ginger Tea?
The pungent substances contained in ginger (gingerol and shoagol) are not so foreign to aspirin in their chemical structure. In addition to these substances, at least over 160 ingredients have been found in ginger.
Its composition and effect will be explored in further studies, where we may be curious about the latest findings.
In addition to gingerol and shoagol, there are other essential ingredients that include many essential oils: zingiberene, curcumin, bisabolene, sesquipellandrene, pinene, myrcene, borneol, geraniol, linalool, limonene, neral and cineole.
In addition, the ginger is also rich in minerals (calcium, phosphorus, and iron as well as magnesium, potassium and sodium) and vitamins, especially the A and B vitamins and vitamin C are included.
The oils and pungent ingredients, however, are far more important to the ginger effect than the vitamins. That’s why you only consume relatively small amounts – the ginger is too spicy to consume compared to other vegetables.
For the preparation of ginger tea, I grate the ginger. I can only recommend to anyone a ginger grater made of ceramic. The tips are nice and sharp and the grating is pretty smooth. It can be cleaned very easily under running water or in the dishwasher.
Now, you are ready and can brew your fresh ginger tea. If there is no fresh ginger root available, you can also use high-quality ginger powder as an adequate substitute.
It should be noted that dried ginger is much more intense and, therefore, requires only a very small amount. The recommended maximum levels of powder are 5 grams, which corresponds to a heaping teaspoon.
Ginger Tea Preparation with Fresh Ginger
Recipe # 1: Stimulating Ginger Tea
– Ginger Tea Classic –
Peel a small amount (a thumb-sized piece) of ginger, mince and put in a saucepan. Add one teaspoon of black tea and brew with about 300 ml of boiling water (or the amount of a large cup). Allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes.
Pour the tea through a sieve and, depending on your taste, add a little lemon juice, sugar or honey. As a sweetener, Stevia is a low-calorie and a much healthier alternative to traditional synthetic sweeteners.
Recipe # 2: Refreshing Ginger Tea
– Great in Summer, Too –
As in Recipe 1, peel a small piece of ginger, grate it and place in a teapot. Cut a few bars of fresh mint and add. Pour in at least half to one liter of water and let infuse for at least 10 minutes.
Sift the tea and sweeten as desired. In a teapot or a thermos bottle, it stays hot and can be enjoyed throughout the day. If there is no fresh mint, the tea can also be prepared with dried mint or peppermint bags.
Recipe #3: Cold Tea according to Ayurveda Art
– The Cold Blocker –
Here, again, you peel and mince a small piece of ginger. Add about 1 ½ tsp licorice root (5 grams), 3-5 crushed black peppercorns and 10-15 chopped leaves of basil. Pour the ingredients in with 3 cups of boiling water and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. Instead of licorice, 3-5 cloves can be used, too.
Now sift the tea well and sweeten with a little honey. Do not over-use the licorice root, otherwise, it may cause unwanted side effects such as hypertension.
Ginger Tea as Instant Tea: Tea Granules or Tea Bags?
Of course, ready-made tea from the supermarket has its justification: It is quickly prepared, and the finished blends often offer an interesting taste experience with a good effect due to the variety of ingredients.
Here, you have basically the choice between tea bags or loose tea. When preparing tea using pouches, you can not go wrong. Also, depending on the number of bags, the tea can become quite strong and intense.
The variety of instant teas on the shelf of a large supermarket or a good organic store are virtually limitless:
✓ Ginger with hibiscus
✓ Ginger and lemon
✓ Pure ginger
✓ Ginger with orange
✓ Green tea with ginger
✓ Ginger tea with ginseng
✓ Arab tea with ginger
✓ Ginger and elderflower
✓ Ayurvedic tea with ginger
✓ Chai tea with ginger
✓ Herbal tea with ginger
… and many others.
If the effect and the taste of the ginger are your priority, then tea with a high ginger content should be selected, preferably over 30 percent of ginger content.
You can, of course, prepare the teas from the store yourself, as long as you have all the ingredients. Those who like to try new things will surely have fun doing this. And if you like the preparation, you will appreciate the variety of teas in the shop.
Teabags do not necessarily have to be worse than loose teas. High-quality tea bags protect the valuable ingredients and make the tea infusion often stronger than that in a loose mixture is possible.
The herbs and spices are finely powdered before being stored in the bag, which is why one small bag alone can be very productive here. Particularly interesting are the pyramid tea bags, which are often utilized in medicinal teas.
Side Effects of Ginger
Actually, there are no noticeable side effects when eating or drinking ginger. For sensitive people, the metabolism-stimulating and activating effect of ginger is sometimes too strong.
On the other hand, you cannot eat too much ginger. By the natural sharpness of the ginger, the body indicates by itself when it has had enough. Sometimes, heartburn also occurs as a side effect or even skin itching.
I once had terrible heartburn after a too large portion of dried pieces of ginger, which might also have been because of the sugar content.
Who should not take ginger?
Ginger and tea benefits are, however, not for everyone to enjoy. People with gallstone disease, pregnant women and children under 6 years should not consume ginger. No ginger may be ingested before a planned operation, With existing diseases, it is recommended to consult your doctor before using ginger as a remedy.
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