11 December 2010

Ginger Tea..

Ginger tea is not only a refreshing beverage, but is also full of health benefits.

On a cold, wintry day there is nothing like a steaming, aroma-filled cup of ginger tea to warm you up and awaken your senses. Prized for its healing properties and for adding flavor to dishes, this ordinary looking brown spice has been used since ages in eastern cultures. If you should sink your teeth into a fresh piece of ginger root, you will feel the sun’s fire coursing through you, as some anonymous person so eloquently said.

It’s this very fiery characteristic of the ginger root that gives it much of its medicinal properties, both in its dried as well as raw form. The dried ginger root is a thermogenic, expectorant, laxative, appetizer, stimulant, as well as an effective cure for stomach disorders. Hence, the dried ginger root is ground and used to cure a whole range of ailments like coughs, colds, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, inflammations of the joints, flatulence, motion sickness, colic, cholera, asthma, headaches, and even anorexia. Raw ginger is also a thermogenic, and is also an anti-flatulent, digestive, appetizer, and a laxative.

Ginger is also used extensively in aromatherapy. An essential oil is extracted from steam distilling the unpeeled, dried and ground ginger root. Ginger oil is used by combining it with the oils of cedar wood, sandalwood, and patchouli, which renders a spicy and woody scent to the mix.

The active ingredients in ginger oil are oleoresin and terpenes, which are responsible for its lymph cleansing, antiseptic, mild constipation relief, and circulation-stimulating qualities. According to research, it has been shown that ginger reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the liver and blood, thereby lowering blood cholesterol. It has also been found that ginger blocks the effects of prostaglandin, which is a substance that is responsible for the inflammation of the blood vessels inside the brain, which is what causes migraine.

Ginger’s property of being a digestive aid is largely due to the shogoals and gingerols that it contains. These help to neutralize the acids in the stomach, stimulate the secretion of digestive juices, and tone the digestive tract’s muscles.
Ginger tea has been used as a remedy against flu and colds for centuries, both in India and China, as well as other countries in the east. According to Chinese culture, its powerful yang energy is what warms the lungs and stomach. Ginger tea has been used in China for 2,500 years to treat sore throat, nasal congestion, and sinus pain.

Here are a few refreshing ginger tea recipes that you can brew and sip to enjoy the unique flavor and aroma of this wonderful herb:-

-Plain Ginger Tea Recipe-

This has an invigorating, spicy taste, and is used as a home remedy against cold, sore throat, flu, nausea and indigestion.

4 cups of water
2-inch fresh ginger piece
lemon slice and honey (optional)

First, peel and slice the ginger root. Put the water in a saucepan and bring it to boil. Add the slices of ginger into the boiling water. Reduce the heat, cover the saucepan, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Strain the liquid out, and add lemon and honey to taste.

Source: Buzzle.com

Stella says:
So, start taking ginger tea today. I take it too since i have this gastric pain problem..
Have a great weekend and stay healthy. :)



  1. Yes, ginger is indeed a health drink. Especially to heal hangovers..heeeee

  2. kurang menyukai minuman berasaskan teh..tapi tak dinafikan ia memang baik untuk kesihatan .

  3. Gunsirit
    Hahaha.. itu pula ko pikir aa..haha..

  4. Biskut:
    oh, jadi ko suka minuman berasaskan apa?..heheee.. Mmmg bnyk kebaikan ni ginger tea..

  5. sadappp n pedass... boleh tbatuk minum.. tp saddaappp.... skrg mau p buat 1 gelas heheheh..

  6. kano mokilayo ginan..potomuon :)

  7. yayyyy.. sia nda pandai minum ni.. gini la gaya.. yg utk kesihatan, nda mo minum.. tp yg nda brp bagus utk kesihatan tu la yg kena suka.. hehehe...

  8. Just:
    Sya pun gitu...semua yg sya suka makan mesti yg bikin tambah sakit sya..adui!

  9. Kalau Lemon Tea saya mau lah...
    Ginger belum pernah try...

  10. Sumandak Kinabalu:
    Lemon tea pun sya suka..ko try la ginger tea..sadap juga hehe


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