- Why Drink Ginger Tea?
- Benefits of Ginger Tea
- 4 Natural Remedies for Nausea
- 1. Ginger
- 2. Peppermint
- 3. Acupuncture and Acupressure
- 4. Aromatherapy
- 7 Health Benefits of Ginger
- Crystallized Ginger
- What is Crystallized Ginger?
- 3 Surprising Health Benefits of Crystallized Ginger
- Crystallized Ginger Uses
- Our Registered Dietitian’s Top Pick
- The History of Ginger
- The Benefits of Ginger Candy
- How to Eat Ginger Candy
- My tips for making candied or crystallized ginger:
- Ginger Root
- How does ginger work as a stomach remedy?
- How to make Ginger Tea, but avoid these mistakes
- Ginger Tea: A Natural Cold Remedy
- Prevent Cold Infections with Ginger Tea
- How to make Ginger Tea: Avoid these common mistakes
- Ginger as an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever
- Modern experience supports ancient medicine
- Ginger for Digestion and Cleansing
Why Drink Ginger Tea?
If you’re suffering from nausea or morning sickness, try this ginger tea recipe and sip on it throughout the day to help alleviate nausea.
As a Registered Nurse who worked in Labor & Delivery and a mom to four beautiful babies, I know a thing or two about pregnancy. One thing I really struggled with when I was pregnant was getting the right nutrition for me and baby. The first trimester always consisted of a diet of dry cereal and water. I couldn’t eat anything else without feeling nauseous so cereal dinners were on the menu for a good 3 months.
Despite how my body felt, I knew I needed to be sure I was getting the right nutrients. I have a couple of tricks that worked for me that I hope will help you get the right nutrition during pregnancy and help fight off that nausea. My ginger tea recipe was great for sipping on and helped alleviate nausea when it hit so I could get some nutritious foods in me without feeling like they were going to come right back up.
Benefits of Ginger Tea
This ginger tea recipe contains ginger root which has numerous benefits including:
- Ginger can alleviate nausea and provide relief from morning sickness
- Ginger can help relieve achy, sore muscles from pregnancy
- Ginger may aid in reducing insulin resistance and help maintain glucose levels
- Ginger can aid your body to better absorb the necessary nutrients your body needs during pregnancy
- Research indicates that ginger has the ability to prevent oxidative stress and help prevent ovarian cancer
- Ginger can help relieve IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which can be exacerbated by pregnancy
- Ginger can help improve circulation and reduce fatigue
- Ginger is known to help provide relief from gas
- Ginger gives your immune system a boost to help fight off sickness
- Ginger can relieve stress
As you can see the benefits of ginger are numerous! It can help more than just nausea when you are pregnant. It can be an aid to many different body functions. Brew this yummy ginger tea recipe and serve it hot or chilled, whichever you prefer!
Print Ginger Tea Recipe
Ginger Tea Recipe For Nausea Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 25 mins Easy ginger tea recipe that helps alleviate nausea and boost wellness. Course: Beverage Servings: 6 Author: Sarah | Must Have Mom Ingredients
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar or less to taste
- 1/4 cup grated ginger root
- 3 green tea bags
- 2 lemons juiced
- 3 tablespoons honey or agave to taste optional
- In a saucepan combine water, brown sugar, and grated ginger root and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add tea bags
- Remove saucepan from heat and add tea bags. Steep tea to desired strength, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and discard.
- Add lemon juice and honey or agave to taste and stir.
- Strain into a pitcher and serve hot or chilled.
Pin Ginger Tea Recipe
4 Natural Remedies for Nausea
Everyone experiences nausea at one point or another. Whether yours is related to pregnancy, acid reflux, or cancer treatment, some natural remedies such as ginger-infused tea, aromatherapy, and acupuncture may provide relief. But just as with over-the-counter medications, it’s important to check with your doctor to make sure any supplements or at-home remedies are safe and don’t interact with other medications you may be taking.
Nausea arises in a variety of situations, and understanding the cause is important for determining the most appropriate treatment. For example, nausea is frequently experienced in pregnancy, so some of these natural remedies may be particularly helpful, especially since you need to be very careful about the medications you take at this time. But whether or not pregnancy is the cause of your nausea, be sure to talk with your doctor about how to best treat it.
Ginger has a long history of being used to treat nausea, stomachaches, and diarrhea. In China, for instance, it’s been used to treat a variety of digestive and pain issues for more than 2,000 years. It’s unclear exactly how ginger works to ease nausea, but it’s thought that active components such as gingerol directly affect the digestive and central nervous systems.
“It’s an excellent treatment for nausea, especially in pregnancy,” says Lauren Richter, DO, assistant professor of family and community medicine at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) indicates that ginger may be a safe way to relieve nausea symptoms during pregnancy.
More research is needed to gain a clear understanding of what ginger can and cannot do, but studies suggest it is an effective treatment for post-operative and chemotherapy-related nausea as well. A study published in February 2012 in Integrative Cancer Therapies found that out of a group of 100 women with advanced breast cancer, those who took ginger following chemotherapy experienced significantly less nausea in the first 6 to 24 hours post-treatment than those in the control group.
There are many ways to get your ginger. Dr. Richter recommends using raw ginger in cooking, drinking it in tea, or eating the candied form, which you can eat as you would mints.
Peppermint is another traditional remedy that’s been around for many years. Both its leaves and its oil are helpful in dealing with indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome, according to the NCCIH, and a small study published in February 2014 in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing suggests that the scent of peppermint oil can ease nausea.
“Peppermint is wonderful for nausea,” says Richter. Its calming and numbing effect relaxes your stomach muscles so that bile can break down fats, and food can move through the stomach quickly.
Peppermint tea is probably the most common way to take this remedy, but it is also available in capsule form for oral intake. You can use essential oil of peppermint for aromatherapy, but you should mix it with a carrier oil, which is a vegetable oil that helps dilute the essential oil, for safe application. A word of caution: If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you should avoid the mint.
3. Acupuncture and Acupressure
Eastern practitioners have been stimulating pressure points throughout the body to alleviate pain and illness for thousands of years. Acupuncture, which is one version of this approach, involves inserting long, thin needles into the skin. Although there are numerous hypotheses about the way acupuncture works, many scientists believe the needles stimulate certain nerves in the body, and those nerves then send signals to the brain to release hormones that reduce feelings of pain and nausea.
In a study that looked at controlling nausea in cancer patients, researchers found that acupuncture was at least as effective as medications. And a study published in January 2015 in Gynecologic Oncology found that acupuncture reduced the need for anti-vomiting medications after chemotherapy.
In acupressure, which can be performed at home or by a massage therapist, physical pressure is applied to certain points of the body. Some research suggests that it may be helpful for pregnant women and those undergoing chemotherapy. A small study, for instance, published in June 2015 in Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that acupressure to the wrist significantly reduced nausea and vomiting in cardiac surgery patients.
Both acupuncture and acupressure can help ease the nausea caused by cancer, acid reflux, and other conditions. “Again, these therapies are particularly useful in pregnancy, where most drugs are to be avoided,” Richter notes. If you do decide to pursue acupuncture, make sure your acupuncturist is a licensed professional, she advises.
Managing the scents in your environment is another way to ease nausea. Aromatherapy, which involves using scents like peppermint or lemon therapeutically for stress and anxiety, can help you do that. In a September 2013 study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, surgical patients were asked to smell one of three aromatherapy treatments: essential oil of ginger; a blend of ginger, spearmint, peppermint, and cardamom essential oils; or isopropyl alcohol. The researchers found that patients who smelled either the ginger oil or the blend of oils had significantly reduced nausea compared with the patients who smelled isopropyl alcohol.
“You can place a drop or two of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the scent when you feel nauseated, or put it in an essential oil diffuser,” Richter says. These oils can also be used in massage therapy — but, as mentioned above, you should always use a neutral oil, such as mineral oil, to dilute essential oils before putting them on your skin, because they can cause irritation or an allergic reaction.
7 Health Benefits of Ginger
We’ve all experienced unrelenting nausea at some point or another. At these times, you’re first instinct may be to turn to over the counter medications; however, ginger works as a simple, effective antidote.
For thousands of years, Arabic, Indian, and Asian healers prized ginger as food and medicine. This tropical plant, in the same botanical family as turmeric and cardamom, was effectively used to relieve nausea and vomiting caused by illness and seasickness.
Thanks to the spice trade, the tradition caught on in Europe. As one sixteenth-century physician put it: “Ginger does good for a bad stomach.” In The Family Herbal from 1814, English physician Robert Thornton noted that “two or three cupfuls for breakfast” will relieve “dyspepsia due to hard drinking.”
Modern research later confirmed that ginger reduces nausea and vomiting from multiple causes: morning sickness, postoperative upset, chemotherapy treatments, and motion sickness.
The studies on whether or not ginger prevents motion sickness are mixed. One study found ginger to be as effective, with fewer side effects, as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine). Other studies indicate that, when added to antinausea medications, it further reduces nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy.
While the best-researched use of ginger is in combating nausea and vomiting, studies have shown that ginger is a multi-faceted remedy with at least six more healing effects:
- It reduces pain and inflammation, making it valuable in managing arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps.
- It has a warming effect and stimulates circulation.
- It inhibits rhinovirus, which can cause the common cold.
- It inhibits such bacteria as Salmonella, which cause diarrhea, and protozoa, such as Trichomonas.
- In the intestinal tract, it reduces gas and painful spasms.
- It may prevent stomach ulcers caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
You can take ginger in whatever form appeals to you.
If you’re pregnant: Try it in tea, soup, or capsules — up to 250 milligrams four times a day. If you chose a carbonated beverage, make sure it’s made from real ginger. You can also nibble crystallized ginger.
To counter motion sickness: Taking 1 gram of dried, powdered, encapsulated ginger 30 minutes to two hours before travel can help ease travel related nausea.
For postoperative nausea: In a recent study on the use of ginger to thwart postoperative nausea, the dose was 500 milligrams 30 minutes before surgery and 500 milligrams 2 hours after surgery. Otherwise, ginger is usually not recommended during the seven to ten days leading up to surgery because of its effect on blood clotting. Discuss the use of ginger with your surgeon or anesthesiologist before trying it.
Here’s a soothing recipe from our book 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them, in which ginger and mint — a general stomach-settler — work together to fight nausea.
Zingy Minty Nausea Fighter (2 servings)
- In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Add 2 teaspoons of dried peppermint (or 1 tablespoon fresh), and 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger.
- Turn off the heat, cover, and steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain out the herbs.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of honey. Sip for a soothing experience.
Be well this holiday season,
The Remedy Chicks
Crystallized ginger (sometimes known as candy ginger) is ideal for a spicy snack, a unique cup of tea, or an ingredient in your cooking.
What is Crystallized Ginger?
Crystallized ginger is made of gingerroot that has been cooked until softened, and then lightly coated in sugar. Our candied ginger is pungent with a spicy-sweet flavor and is moist and chewy. It is embraced as a natural remedy for reducing hot flashes – huge numbers of women swear by it. Crystallized ginger helps alleviate indigestion and colds…and don’t forget to take it with you on boat trips for sea sickness! (Some of us here know from experience that candied ginger is an absolutely essential part of your travel kit…)
Interestingly, ginger itself is as old as the recorded history of man. A native to southern Asia and India, it is spoken of in the Jewish Talmud, written about by Marco Polo, and even recommended by Henry VIII as a remedy against the plague.
3 Surprising Health Benefits of Crystallized Ginger
1) Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Crystallized ginger can reduce inflammation and relieve the pain associated with it. A 2012 study published in the journal Arthritis compared the anti-inflammatory effect of ginger extract to that of common drugs used in the treatment of arthritis, such as cortisone and ibuprofen. The researchers observed that ginger extract was as effective as cortisone at relieving arthritic pain, and that ginger can treat inflammation without the negative side effects associated with the common drugs.
2) Treatment for Nausea: Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy to alleviate nausea caused by motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy. A study funded by the National Cancer Institute examined over 600 people who had experienced nausea after a chemotherapy treatment. Those patients who received ginger supplements throughout the rest of their treatments experienced a 40 percent reduction in nausea symptoms.
3) Immunity-Booster: During flu season, make sure you have candy ginger on hand! Ginger contains active compounds that can relieve sinuses and protect the body against toxins and viruses. A 2008 article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine discussed ginger’s ability to activate T-cells, a group of white blood cells that help destroy viruses and tumor cells.
Crystallized Ginger Uses
Crystallized ginger is a versatile snack that you can enjoy on its own or paired with other foods. Chop our candied ginger into small pieces and add it to baked goods like cookies, breads, and cakes for a kick of sweet spice. For a quick ginger tea, steep a piece of our crystallized ginger in a hot cup of water. An aromatic ginger tea will await you in a matter of minutes. Candied ginger also adds zest to stir-frys and other savory dishes. Get creative with it!
Our Registered Dietitian’s Top Pick
Our Registered Dietitian and Health Nut likes to add crystallized ginger to stir fries (throw in some cashews, too!). Also, keep a bag of this on hand to boost immunity and to eliminate nausea!
Anyone who possesses both a sweet tooth and a desire to live a healthy lifestyle will find it challenging to accommodate both. Ginger candy, however, is one of those few foods that falls within the parameters of both health-food and sweet-food. Ginger candy is commonly in stock at your local health food store. It typically consists of a candied chunk of ginger root that has been covered in a crystallized, sugary syrup.
The History of Ginger
The exact origin of ginger is a mystery, for it no longer is found growing in the wild. The rhizome, or edible tuberous root, of the ginger plant has been cultivated and used in herbal medicine for some 5,000 years. India and China have been the main traditional producers of ginger, but it has long been grown throughout the tropical zones of the planet.
The Benefits of Ginger Candy
The benefits of ginger candy are inseparable from the benefits of ginger root itself, and therefore, there is no need to cover them separately here. However, powdered ginger, or even ginger root tea, cannot compete in potency with candied ginger. The reason is obvious: eating a large chunk of ginger, as one does when consuming a piece of ginger candy, gives you a much greater concentration of ginger than do other methods.
Five of the most important benefits of ginger candy are as follows:
- It acts as a natural calmer of certain forms of gastrointestinal distress. Eating it along with other digestive aids, such as cinnamon and certain fruits, as suggested by a helpful WizeLife blog article, will double down on the benefits.
- Distinct, but closely related to, ginger candy’s stomach-calming effects are its ability to fight nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, dizziness, and cold sweats. One 2005 study even concluded that ginger candy can relieve the intensity of prenatal vomiting and nausea.
- For centuries, herbal medicine has used ginger candy to combat inflammations. Only recently is science finally “catching up” and discovering ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, a number of studies reviewed in the Journal of Medicinal Food have confirmed that ginger “shares properties of non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs” such as “ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin.” Chewing on ginger candy is an especially effective way to harness ginger’s anti-inflammatory powers and reduce inflammatory pains.
- As an important subset of the anti-inflammatory benefit, the Journal of Medicinal Food has also noted that ginger has long been “used in Indonesian traditional medicine to treat the pain caused by arthritis.”
- Certain studies have found that ginger has the ability to inhibit the growth of certain cancers, such as colorectal cancer and ovarian cancer. While the results are tenuous, since the studies were done on mice, the indications do look very promising. The antioxidants in ginger seem to have a tumor-fighting capability.
How to Eat Ginger Candy
Besides simply popping a piece of ginger candy into your mouth and enjoying its sweet, spicy flavor, there are other common methods of incorporating the benefits of ginger candy into your diet. Four ways to put ginger candy onto your menu are:
- Toss it into a citrus salad, along with other items like grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and kiwi. The ginger will help “balance out” the salad by reducing its overall acidity.
- Bake pieces of ginger candy into muffins, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, banana bread, and more. The bread will soak up some of the ginger’s taste and aroma, making it blend it perfectly.
- Break up the ginger candy into small crumbles and sprinkle them over a bowl of ice cream. This is delicious and a much healthier way to top your ice cream than with colored sprinkles and processed chocolate sauces.
- Drop a piece of ginger candy into your cup of hot coffee. Wait for it to melt, and then stir. Spiced coffee can be very tasty, and ginger is a particularly good match for the flavor of coffee – though that may be somewhat surprising to discover the first time you try it.
The benefits of ginger candy are rather amazing. Here we have a rarity – a nutritious energy booster with a wonderful flavor and aroma. It offers gastrointestinal, anti-inflammatory, and possibly even anti-cancer benefits, and yet, it is delicious and relatively inexpensive.
Ginger candy, however, should only be one among many natural foods that you include in your diet. Living healthy in general is the key, and no single wonder food – not even ginger, can make up for an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you are interested to check your health status, do not hesitate to utilize the free online health test at wizelife.net. The results can help you get a reference point from which to work and a goal toward which to work. Eating ginger candy instead of candy bars and other junk foods is one positive step towards a healthier you.
Sharing is caring!
I used to buy candied or crystallized ginger, but no more. After discovering David Lebovitz’s recipe last year, I gathered up my courage and tried it myself. The process is easy and the results are infinitely better than the packaged versions.
The ingredients are minimal – fresh ginger (prices are typically best at ethnic groceries that carry it, rather than at larger grocery chains), sugar, salt, and water.
The process is straightforward – you peel fresh ginger, slice it thinly, rinse it, and cook in a simple syrup (you remember that from the limoncello, right?) until it reaches 225 degrees F/106 C. Read David’s post for the details, then come back here for my tips. The terms “candied” and “crystallized” are typically used interchangeably. If a distinction is made, the term candied refers to ginger stored in the simple syrup and crystallized ginger means the version cooked in the sweet syrup and rolled in sugar.
My tips for making candied or crystallized ginger:
equipment for making candied or crystallized ginger
slicing fresh ginger for candied ginger
piles of thinly sliced fresh ginger
- Make sure your knife is medium or large-sized (not a small, paring knife) and sharp.
- No shortcuts in the rinsing steps – they are a bit tedious, but required to soften the ginger.
- If you use a candy thermometer (as I do) to gauge the temperature of the syrup, make sure to use a mitten-style pot holder. Take it from me, holding the thermometer in the hot syrup without one is a prescription for a burn or dropping the thermometer in the syrup – or both.
- If you don’t use a candy thermometer, have patience. It takes a long time for the syrup to get to the final temperature. Water boils at 212 degrees F/100 C, so you may get the simple syrup to that temperature and think you are almost done. Not so fast. You’ll be cooking the ginger in the syrup for a while after the mixture boils.
- If you’re rolling the slices in sugar, take them out of the syrup using a slotted spoon and drain off the excess syrup before rolling them.
I use candied or crystallized ginger in lots of baked goods. The syrup is great in tea, and the sugar is wonderful as a replacement for “plain” granulated sugar in any number of recipes for baked goods and puddings.
A note: If you wonder why I linked to David’s recipe rather than reprint it, read his post on recipe attribution. I do occasionally reprint a recipe (ingredients and directions) – as with Michael Ruhlman’s recipe for roasted whole cauliflower – and in that case I get the original author’s permission. When I use recipes from friends/relatives but give my own directions – e.g. the kugel recipe from my friend Gail and her mother-in-law, I provide acknowledgement for the recipe’s source. In this case, I asked David about using his recipe and he asked me to link to his post rather than reprint. I have done so in deference to his request. While I am a lawyer, I am not offering legal advice. I’m just trying to respect others’ legal and/or moral rights as I hope others will respect mine.
Ginger is an herb also known as Amomum Zingiber, Ardraka, Black Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Gan Jiang, Gingembre, Ginger Essential Oil, Ginger Root, Imber, Jengibre, Jiang, Kankyo, Kanshokyo, Nagara, Race Ginger, Racine de Gingembre, Rhizoma Zingiberi, Zingiberis Recens, Sheng Jiang, Shoga, Shokyo, Shunthi, Srungavera, Sunth, Sunthi, Vishvabheshaja, and other names.
Ginger has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating nausea and vomiting after surgery, dizziness, menstrual pain, arthritis, preventing morning sickness.
Ginger has also been used for weight loss and to prevent motion sickness and seasickness. However, research has shown that ginger may not be effective in treating these conditions.
Other uses not proven with research have included sudden respiratory failure, alcohol hangover, nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, upset stomach, high cholesterol, migraines, muscle pains after exercise, rheumatoid arthritis, trouble swallowing, loss of appetite, colds, and other conditions.
It is not certain whether ginger is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Ginger should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Ginger is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Ginger may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before using ginger, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use ginger if you have certain medical conditions.
Ask a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe for you to use this product if you have:
- a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
- diabetes; or
- any heart conditions.
It is not known whether ginger will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether ginger passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.
How does ginger work as a stomach remedy?
Ginger has been used as a stomach remedy for over 2000 years. It is especially good for treating and preventing certain types of nausea.
There have been many studies that have found that ginger worked better than placebo for preventing nausea in sailors prone to motion sickness. In a study of healthy volunteers ginger helped to prevent nausea better than placebo, however ginger was less effective than conventional anti-nausea medications.
Several studies have found that for a short period, ginger can improve nausea due to morning sickness. It is considered to be safe in pregnancy in a dose of one gram daily for no more than four days.
A recent study involving patients receiving chemotherapy found that when ginger was taken in a dose of a half to one gram daily 4 days prior to chemotherapy nausea was significantly reduced during chemotherapy when compared to placebo.
Ginger comes from a knotted underground stem called a rhizome It can either be used fresh or dried There are many preparations that can be made such as a tincture, capsule, tea or extract. It is important to know that ginger can interfere with blood thinning medications such as aspirin and coumadin so it is important to talk to your health care provider if you are interested in trying it and you are on these medications.
How to make Ginger Tea, but avoid these mistakes
When it comes to the question of how to make Ginger Tea, there are a handful of common mistakes that limit the efficacy of this age-old remedy. Few herbal remedies work as well as hot ginger tea for treating symptoms of the common cold.
Here’s what to look for to get the very most out of this popular home remedy in fighting cold symptoms.
Ginger Tea: A Natural Cold Remedy
Ginger Tea for cold symptoms
We all know the symptoms — runny nose, sore throat, and overall discomfort. According to Hildegard of Bingen, when seasons change, we become vulnerable to cold viruses; this is particularly true in the cold seasons, starting on the fall equinox through winter. Most adults can expect to experience cold symptoms 2 to 4 times per year.
We’ve become accustomed to reaching for quick-fixes, over-the-counter cold and flu medicine. It’s easy to forget about effective home remedies to treat of colds. Ginger tea is one of the simplest home remedies for cold and flu symptoms.
As simple as it sounds, answering the question of how to make ginger tea can be effectively resolved by avoiding these common mistakes in preparation.
Prevent Cold Infections with Ginger Tea
In Germany, ginger root generally appears as an ingredient in comfort foods, like pumpkin soup, or various Thai curries. You will certainly find some form of pickled ginger to accompany your sushi. This versatile root also appears in teas, smoothies, salad dressing, cucumbers, or as a refreshing summer Limeade.
Prepare the ginger root as nature delivered, with skin for a Ginger Tea (use organic)
Asian cultures have relied on ginger for thousands of years to treat a host of common health conditions. Monastic Medicine appreciates ginger’s warming effect, which today we know as anti-inflammatory properties along with essential oils to strengthen immune systems.
How to make Ginger Tea: Avoid these common mistakes
Ginger serves as a preventative measure to strengthen defenses against common cold symptoms. It also contributes to strengthening the immune system, once you’ve caught a cold. Here are some ways showing how to make ginger tea, to improve the efficacy of your ginger tea preparation.
Ginger Tea with lemon and honey ingredients
- When preparing ginger tea, cut the ginger root into thin slices before adding boiling water. Thin slices expose more surface area to water and ensure a proportionate exposure of all nutrients.
- Prepare the ginger root as nature delivered, skin and all. After all, the whole root is healthy, even the shell.
- Add boiling water directly to ginger. Unlike the ideal preparation of black and green tea, boiling water can go straight to the ginger. Allow 5 minutes to steep and add lemon and / or honey to taste.
- We prefer organic ginger, when available. Ideally, avoid ginger with exposure to artificial chemicals and processes.
Ginger as an anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever
Ginger does more than strengthen the immune system against the common cold. This age-old remedy also resolves mild cramping and serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever.
Scientists at the University of Georgia have recognized ginger’s efficacy in treating muscle pain and soreness in sports.
Researchers at the University of Miami demonstrated ginger’s pain-relieving properties, specifically for patients suffering from osteoarthritis. This modern clinical trial showed a significant improvement knee pain for patients exposed to a six-week treatment using ginger extracts.
Modern experience supports ancient medicine
It comes as no surprise that modern science supports Hildegard’s klosterheilkunde. We’ve known that for years, but it seems ginger is another example of modern medicine catching-up with ancient remedies.
Ginger has various health benefits
As far back as in medieval Europe, Paracelsus knew and used ginger for gastrointestinal conditions. Modern studies continue to support the application of ginger root, as well as its efficacy in treating mild forms of nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
Ginger for Digestion and Cleansing
Since antiquity, ginger has had a place in traditional German medicine for addressing cholesterol and blood lipid levels. For general digestion, it also serves as a home remedy for overeating. Ginger contributes to improving digestive issues, diarrhea, and lack of appetite.
Overall, ginger is rich in vitamins and minerals, and may contribute to a weight loss regimen. Alternatively, learn more about the Thai ginger variant called Galangal, which Hildegard considered a remedy for daily living.
Find our comprehensive guide about the health benefits of ginger root here.