Do you remember when you were younger, and your mom would give you ginger tea when you weren’t feeling well? When you asked why it worked, did she give you an answer? Some have wondered if the helpful properties of this tea were just an old wives’ tale. We are here to tell you that the stories are true and that these are the surprising health benefits of ginger tea.
A study completed by Columbia University found that drinking hot ginger tea can help with weight loss. When drinking it, your body will create feelings of fullness, thus reducing your hunger levels and the impulse to eat.
Ginger, which is part of the Zingiberaceae family, has long been used as an anti-inflammatory. Now, there is a plethora of scientific evidence to support its claim of pain relief. By drinking ginger tea, you may feel relief from osteoarthritic, headaches, muscle soreness, indigestion, and even headaches.
Ginger root has a high level of total antioxidants, making it one of the most antioxidant-rich foods behind pomegranate and some berries. The presence of antioxidants in the body has a vast range of health benefits that you can receive when you brew yourself some delicious ginger tea.
Ginger tea is a fantastic natural remedy for motion sickness and nausea. Many have used it to prevent motion sickness when riding in a car or on a ship. It has proven to be especially useful for those experiencing nausea from morning sickness or from chemotherapy. Not only will it calm your stomach, but it makes it, so you don’t have to pop another pill!
Ginger tea has been shown to have preventative health benefits; to name just a few, it may help lower blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and heart disease risk factors.
For many, sitting down with a cup of tea can relieve stress. This stress relief could come from inhaling the tea’s intense aroma, the calming effects of a hot drink, or simply taking a moment to decompress.
How to Make Ginger Tea:
Now that you know the benefits of drinking ginger tea, we are sure you will want to try it. Homemade ginger tea is the best option, and it is incredibly easy to make. We found that the recipe from Cookie and Kate was excellent for ease and taste. Here is what she recommends that you do:
- “Thinly slice your fresh ginger. You don’t need to peel it first, but do rinse it and scrub off any visible dirt. Plan on about using about a one-inch piece of ginger per cup of tea.
- In a saucepan, combine the ginger with fresh water (use one cup of water per serving).
- Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer.
- Simmer for five minutes (or up to 10 minutes, if you want extra-strong tea). I usually think it’s pungent enough at five minutes.
- Pour the tea through a fine sieve to catch all of the ginger. If desired, serve your tea with a thin round of lemon or orange for some complimentary acidity. You might also appreciate a light drizzle of honey or maple syrup, which will temper the fiery ginger flavor.”
Did you find this information surprising? There are even more natural ways to increase your health. Check out our article on why you should eat avocado!