I love the zingy kick of ginger! I love it in savory dishes, such as with beef or chicken. I love it in baked goods, like ginger bread (gluten free, of course), and I love it crystalized, paired with some dark chocolate! Yum! But I particularly love the spicy bite of ginger tea and its numerous healing properties. Here are several reasons to drink more ginger tea:
Most frequently used to aid digestion, ginger can relieve indigestion and associated problems such as flatulence.
It is known to relieve nausea and morning sickness. If you take ginger for morning sickness, use it for no longer than four days.
Ginger is recommended to those who suffer from motion sickness. Try drinking a cup of ginger tea before your journey.
Ginger has been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities that can relieve swelling and pain.
Ginger tea it is said to ease headaches and sore throats or assist if you have a cold or flu.
Fresh ginger is used for asthma, coughs, colic, heart palpitations, swellings, dyspepsia, loss of appetite and rheumatism, while the dried root is used to "strengthen" the stomach, inhibit vomiting and treat diarrhea.
Ginger tea can be purchased in teabag form, but it is extremely easy to make homemade using fresh ginger root. Coupled with lime and a drop of honey, this pungent tea is both soothing and invigorating!
Ginger-Lime Tea Ingredients
4 cups of water
2 inch piece of fresh ginger root
1/4 lime, sliced thinly
Honey to taste
Peel the ginger root with a peeler or knife, and then slice, mince or grate into small pieces
Slice the lime into thin slices, putting one or two slices aside for later
To brew the tea, you can make it in a saucepan or teapot:
If using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add the ginger and lime and turn off heat, cover with a lid and steep for 10 minutes
If using a teapot, place the ginger and lime in the teapot and pour in the boiling water and steep for about 10 minutes
Strain the tea and serve with a slice of lime and a little honey to taste
This tea can also be enjoyed cold. Just allow it to cool completely and serve over ice