Health Benefits of Ginger Root Tea – Scientifically Proven !

Ginger has been used since ancient times to treat digestive problems but it has so many more properties that we know of today ! Discover the multiple health benefits of ginger root tea in this post. Most of them have been scientifically proven, so yes ! Introducing more herbs, roots and spices can make a difference in your health. Ginger is a circulatory stimulant that makes it a great morning tea to replace a coffee … on top of being so, so flavorful. What I love about ginger tea is that it is so easy and cheap to make.

In this article, you will find a list of the health benefits of ginger root tea, some links to articles from medical research on ginger, precautions, how to brew ginger root tea, where to find ginger, some recipes and a video about how to plant and harvest the ginger ! Read on…


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Health Benefits of Drinking Ginger Root Tea

Ginger has been used for thousands of years and is native of southeast Asia but is now cultivated around the world in tropical zones. It is a wonderful herbal tea to drink and it has this particular aromatic and spicy taste that comes from the gingerol active ingredient. Traditionally used as a digestive aid, it is also known for preventing and relieving nausea and vomiting. Unlike medication to prevent nausea, ginger is non-drowsy and has been proven scientifically to be efficient in relieving nausea. It can help with nausea due to pregnancy, chemotherapy induced nausea or to prevent motion sickness.

A lot of the studies have been done with powdered extracts because of the precision of the data, but herbal teas are also beneficial and very pleasant to drink. High in vitamin C, ginger is an anti-inflammatory and it contains manganese that helps to support the development of bones. It can help to relieve pain from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Recent studies are researching also the potential effect of ginger to protect against Alzheimer disease.

10 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Ginger :

Antioxydant

Anti-inflammatory (reduce arthritis)

Anticancer

Antinausea (motion sickness)

Digestive aid and stimulant

Antiviral

Antitussive (helps to relieve cough)

Promotes a faster digestion

Stimulate circulatory system

Antibacterial

 

Because of its antibacterial, antiviral and antitussive actions, ginger tea is amazing to fight colds. According to the study from the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition from Mysore, India, by combining ginger with garlic and/or onion, there is a synergistic antioxidant activity. So basically, make an infusion of ginger and garlic to maximize the antioxidant properties. Some antioxidant properties of the ginger are perhaps more active when the ginger has been heated.

Read the article The Effectiveness of Ginger in the Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy and Chemotherapy
By researchers Iñaki Lete and José Allué from the Hospital Universitario Araba, Vitoria, Spain and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellatera, Spain.
Read the abstract  Antioxidant activity of selected Indian spices
By Shobana S and Naidu KA from the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India.


Safety

Adding ginger to meals or drinking ginger tea is safe but can cause heartburn or gastrointestinal upsets to some people. To help with morning sickness during pregnancy, ask your doctor how to safely use ginger. If taking anticoagulants, medication for diabetes or cardiac problems, make sure to ask your doctor before introducing ginger tea. Always reach out for medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.


Where To Find Ginger

You can find fresh ginger in most supermarkets in the fruit and vegetable section. You can also get dried ginger in powder and ginger teas.

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How to Brew Ginger Root Tea

How to brew fresh ginger root

  1. Take your favorite mug or teapot
  2. Boil the water
  3. Put 2 slices of peeled ginger root in the cup ( for about 250 ml )
  4. Pour the hot water on the ginger
  5. Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes
  6. Drink hot, warm or cold
  7. Smile

Note : When feeling sick, let the ginger simmer in a pot for 15 minutes. Drink 1 to 3 cups a day to ease a cough or cold and to stimulate the blood circulation.
Tip : For an extra boost to the immune system,  add a clove of garlic in the pot and simmer.

How to brew ginger tea in teabag

  1. Take your favorite mug or teapot
  2. Boil the water
  3. Put the teabag in your mug
  4. Pour the hot water on the teabag
  5. Cover and let it steep for 3-5 minutes
  6. Remove the teabag
  7. Drink hot, warm or cold
  8. Smile

How to brew ginger powder

  1. Take your favorite mug or teapot
  2. Boil the water
  3. Put the teabag in your mug
  4. Pour the hot water on the teabag
  5. Cover and let it steep for 3-5 minutes
  6. Strain the tea with a coffee filter
  7. Drink hot, warm or cold
  8. SmileNote : This is my least favorite because it needs to be filtered very finely. But I like to have ginger powder around because I use a lot of it in recipe.

Where to keep fresh ginger root

Keep fresh ginger in the refrigerator on a shelf. It is good for usually 2-3 weeks.
If it is not good anymore, you will see mold developing on the rhizome.

Recipes and Other Uses

The health benefits of drinking ginger root tea are numerous, but the benefits apply also to other ways of using ginger ! And here are some fun examples of where you can use ginger.

  • Cookies
  • Pancakes
  • Stews
  • Soup (carrot, sweet potato and ginger  soup… yum!)
  • Pickled ginger
  • Candied ginger
  • Ginger ice-cream
  • Homemade ginger ale

The candied ginger is my favorite candy. It is spicy yet sweet and it helps to digest after a meal. 

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The Plant And How To Harvest Ginger

Ginger or Zingiber officinale if from the Zingiberaceae plant family like turmeric. It grows in tropical regions in rich soil and needs a lot of sun. We commonly say that we use the roots but in fact, they are rhizomes. Here is a very informative video by Rob Bob’s Backyard Farm and Aquaponics on how to plant, grow and harvest ginger in containers and in different climates !

 

Ginger is perfect to spice up tea blends, be creative ! Find out how to make fruit teas and add some ginger to your blendS.

More about the benefits of herbal teas for health

 

Leave a comment ! How do you like your ginger ?

 

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8 Replies to “Health Benefits of Ginger Root Tea – Scientifically Proven !”

  1. Oh, I love ginger root tea. It definitely helps out when I have a cold or when my stomach is hurting. I have a tea infuser that is shaped like a dinosaur that works perfectly for ginger root tea also (and it brings me joy ^_^). I’ve never heard of the ginger candies. I’ll have to try them out sometime. They look delicious!

    1. You dinosaur infuser sounds very cute ! It certainly makes tea time a special moment 🙂 Ginger candies are sooo delicious. Thanks for your comment !

  2. Ginger is one of my all time favorite roots. I use it is so many ways. I use it mainly as a seasoning in my foods. I also use it as a herbal tea. I simply pound or grate the root and steep it in some hot water and drink it like that. Really great for the digestion I’ve heard. It is also rumored that ginger root is a mild aphrodisiac. But many of the scientifically proven benefits I did not know about, especially the one about cancer, so that’s a fantastic thing. More ginger for me.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Aphrodisiac ! I will research that further. It is such a wonderful seasoning for all types of food like you say. Thanks for visiting !

  3. What a FANTASTIC article! I had EXTREMELY debilitating “morning” (ALL day) sickness with my first pregnancy and was absolutely MISERABLE (NOTHING helped) UNTIL someone recommended ginger root tea. It was a LIFE SAVER…and it actually had a wonderful taste, so I still drink it from time to time, just because I enjoy it. I am SO thankful I discovered ginger root tea during my first pregnancy-it was MUCH more effective than anything or any medicine the doctor prescribed! I cant wait to research some of the recipe suggestions you gave!

    1. Hi Bridget ! Ginger really can do wonders at preventing nausea and just so healthy and delicious. Thanks for dropping by and visiting !

  4. Hello I love ginger tea because it is spicy and has helped me so many times to cure my cold and specially cough. Even when medicines don’t work for my cough ginger does the magic. I am an Indian and we consume ginger in our food as well everyday. However I was not aware that it helps with athritis as my mom suffers from it and I will read this to her. Thank you for sharing.

    Thanks
    Raman

    1. It is just as good in food or in tea. Ginger is in fact anti-inflammatory and can help with arthritis. Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks for visiting Raman !

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