Ginger Tea Benefits
Drinking ginger tea to cure an upset stomach has been practiced for many, many years. Ginger tea acts as an acid neutralizer and helps relieve acid reflux and may be effective against certain ulcers.
Obstetricians often recommend the use of ginger tea to relief the effects of morning sickness. An article published in Obstetrics and Gynecology April 2005 reported that it was far more effective than prescription anti-vomiting medication during pregnancy, without having any of the dangerous side effects. But if you are pregnant, it is best that you consult your physician first.
If you have allergies, a cold, sore throats or other respiratory condition, ginger tea offers relief. The cooling effect of ginger root tea brings a great relief for those with tonsillitis, other throat infections.
Studies have also shown that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. So, drinking ginger tea may help fight harmful bacteria. And because of this anti-inflammatory properties, ginger tea benefits include reducing knee pain for some people with osteoarthritis.
Cramps due to menstruation often require pain relief. Many people use ibuprofen or other over the counter prescriptions to ease the pains. A cup of ginger tea, however, can be equally good and has no side effects.
Ginger tea benefits also help reduce excessive perspiration and freshens the breath. This may be due to the anti-bacterial properties of ginger.
Besides its medicinal value, ginger tea contains vitamins and nutrients. Ginger contains vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and phytosterols. Phytosterols has cholesterol lowering properties.
Besides working well to aid digestion, relief from gas and fullness and other health and medicinal benefits including prevention of motion sickness, ginger root tea tastes good when added with honey or a few slices of lemon. Making your own ginger root tea is easy.
Scrap off the outer layer or skin of the ginger root. Slice the root into thin, small pieces. Use ¾ cup of the sliced root for every cup of water. Either place the root in a metal tea strainer, put it in a cheesecloth bag or simply pour hot water over the root and strain out the ginger later. Cover the cup and allow the ginger to steep for approximately 5 minutes. Remove the ginger and enjoy your ginger tea.
Eating fresh or raw ginger, especially in large amount, may affect some people. But there is no reported or recorded complaints on the side effects of ginger tea from those who drink it.