1-2 tablespoons of mint tea or lemon balm (optional)
Slice the ginger root into thin strips. Cover it with water and bring it to a boil. After it starts boiling, reduce heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool off at room temperature. Then add the honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can also add mint tea or lemon balm for the taste and added health benefits.
Peel the ginger and cut it into thin strips. Then peel the garlic and cut in halves lengthwise. Put the ginger and garlic in a pot or saucepan, pour water and bring it to a boil. Cover it and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Then, remove from heat and let it cool off at room temperature. Strain the tea and add honey to taste. If the tea is too strong, you can dilute it by adding some hot water without diminishing the tea’s effect. Do not throw away the ginger. For added benefits, you may serve it as such during the day or as seasoning.
Slice the ginger root into thin strips. Put it into a pot, pour in water and bring it to a boil. Then, reduce heat, add the rosehip tea bag and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat, remove the tea bag and strain the tea. Let it cool off at room temperature. You may wish to add some honey and/or lemon juice for the taste.
Rosehip is beneficial in the treatment of gynecological problems.
Traditional Ginger Tea
1 liter of hot water
50g fresh ginger (2-3 inch strips)
2-3 tablespoons of honey
Peel the ginger and cut into strips. Cover with water and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, strain it and let it cool off at room temperature. Add honey to taste. Serve it throughout the day. Keep the ginger and either consume it as such or as seasoning.
Wash the lemongrass with plenty of water, then cut it into 2-inch long strips and crush it. Pour 2 cups of water in a saucepan, add in the ginger, lemongrass and sugar (honey) and bring it to a boil. Take the saucepan off the heat and add the green tea. Steep for about 5 minutes. Then remove the tea bags and let the tea cool off at room temperature for around 30 minutes. Strain the ginger and pour the tea into a pitcher. Cover it and refrigerate it until cold. Serve it with ice.
Low in caffeine and high in antioxidants, the lemongrass & ginger iced tea is the perfect drink for hot summer mornings when you need a refreshing energy boost to get you through the day.
Ginger Health Benefits
Ginger has quite an impressive list of health benefits. Here are a few of them:
Ginger Regulates Cholesterol Levels
If you have high cholesterol levels, consuming ginger on a regular basis can help lower your blood fat levels. High cholesterol levels are most often associated with being overweight or obese and lead to obesity-associated ailments, such as cardiovascular disease or certain forms of cancer. Ginger was shown to be effective in decreasing serum and hepatic cholesterol levels. Additionally, it thins your blood, thereby lowering blood pressure.
Ginger gives your immune system a boost. Known as one of the oldest natural remedies for cold, flu and nausea, ginger has strong antiviral and antifungal properties. It offers instant relief for the common cold, kills the causing bacteria and prevents it from returning. Due to its content high in chromium, magnesium and zinc, ginger prevents fever, chills and excessive sweat. Furthermore, it has an antihistaminic action helping relieve allergy symptoms. It is widely used in detoxing and weight loss treatments, supporting metabolism and improving digestion.
Clears Gastrointestinal Symptoms
Ginger alleviates symptoms associated with motion sickness, particularly sea sickness. It minimizes dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating. This spicy herb is also very helpful in dealing with heartburn. If you’re suffering from any of these, give ginger tea a try!
It Is Anti-inflammatory
Did you know that ginger can help reduce joint inflammations? Due to the anti-inflammatory compounds (gingerols) plentifully found in ginger, it significantly reduces inflammation. That is why it is the best remedy for arthritis. Preventing the blood vessels from getting inflamed, it increases blood flow and offers pain relief. Additionally, ginger expands the blood vessels, thereby increasing your body heat. This helps your body burn fat.
It Inhibits Cortisol Production
Ginger acts as a cortisol suppressor. Cortisol is a steroid hormone responsible for energy regulation and mobilization. However, stress may cause cortisol levels to rise above the maximum allowed levels. This causes adipose fat to move to the visceral area of the body where it receives more blood supply, which stimulates tissues to produce cortisol in excess. High cortisol levels account for an increase in belly fat and weight gain.
High quantities of ginger is not recommended to pregnant and breastfeeding women. Due to its high fiber content, it accelerates metabolism, increases gastrointestinal motility, and speeds up fat burning processes. By doing so, it may burn some of the body’s fat supply, which is useful for fetus development and milk production. Therefore, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, seek medical advice before consuming ginger.
It Suppresses Appetite
In addition to accelerating fat loss, ginger can also help you to feel satisfied longer. Feeling satiated, you need less food. Working as an appetite suppressant, ginger is also known to have thermogenic properties. Thus, raising the body temperature, it improves metabolism and helps you burn more fat than you normally would by dieting alone.