Ginger tea, is gotten from ginger plant. It is a wonderful annual crop plant with a rhizomatous underground stem. The leaves are pear shaped and are green. The shoot can reach up to 60cm in height. Although it is native to Asia, it is widely grown in all the tropical and sub tropical world of Africa, West Indies, China etc. The useful part by way of phytotherapeutic properties is the rhizome.
Health Benefits of Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is high in vitamins and minerals
It contains the following compounds: essential oil (an aromatic volatile oil ), resins, gingerol, zingiberin. Ginger contains a host of other vitamins especially vitamis C and B-complex. Their is so many minerals including potassium, phosphorous, copper, and calcuim.
It is very useful for blood circulation. This helps when blood does not get to the extremities. Such includes the limbs, hands and legs leading to muscle cramps.
Cure for fever with ginger tea
As a result of its ability to initiate sweating, ginger is consumed. Ginger is consumed to control fever. Sweating is induced, body temperature reduced, and the fever is controlled.
Cure for constipation and slow digestion
Consumption of ginger promotes the secretion of gastric juices which contain the digestive enzymes. This is responsible for the acceleration of the rate of digestion in the gastro intestinal tract. Ginger encourages food movement from the stomach to the small intestine. It stimulates the digestive juices and ease bloating with flatulence. It is very good for those with chronic indigestion, especially, dyspepsia. Gingerols and gingesulfonic acid, found in the root of ginger, accelerate gastric emptying. It also gives relive to gaseous distensions
Ginger tea is rich with antioxidants
Ginger helps in reducing cell damage, as it is a broad spectrum antioxidant. The properties of gingerol are very effective in reducing free radical activity. It promotes healthy ageing
Good for the gut
Ginger is rich with gut healthy fiber. They act as prebiotic. Gut bacterias, make use the fiber. Ginger helps in reducing population of bad gut microbes. The also increase the beneficial gut microbiomes
Remedy for sour throat
The anti inflammatory compounds, or bioactive agents in ginger, makes it a good remedy for arthritis.
Blood cholesterol reduction
Ginger helps in the reduction of blood cholesterol, when consumed regularly. It can be crushed or mashed or made into a drink for this purpose. It can also be brewed with tea water and used in combination with any tea, coffee, cocoa, herbal tea etc.
Ginger reduces blood pressure
Consumption of ginger helps in reducing blood presure, and prevents the formation of clots in blood vessels. This prevents heart attack or paralysis. One can chew ginger or can take the juice as a drink or boil it, and use the water for tea. The powder can also be used to drink corn meal.
Consumption of ginger promotes high libido and sexual performance in men and women. It activates this by promoting blood flow to all parts of the body. This affects the sexual organs-glands or genitals. Erection in men is achieved, when blood is gorged in the cavernous/spongy tissues of the male reproductive organ. Same with the female clitoris.
How to make ginger tea
- Peel the root of ginger and then slice
Heat up the pan
Turn off the heat, cover the pan, add water, sliced ginger, and allow it to steep for about 10 minutes
- .Remove the ginger slices. The pour it to your grea mug, for use.