Ginger tea helps with colds – and is easy to make at home! It also has positive effects on motion sickness, migraines, and digestive issues. With these simple directions, you’ll be making your own healthy infusion from fresh ginger in no time!
Ingredients for ginger tea
It is not hard to make your own ginger tea. For one cup of tea, you will need:
- 1 piece of ginger: slightly shriveled pieces are often spicier and thus better for your infusion
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 tablespoon of honey (if desired)
How to make ginger tea
- Wash the ginger root thoroughly but leave the skin intact. It contains many important nutrients that benefit your health.
- After washing, chop off a 5 cm (2 inch) piece of the ginger root and cut it into thin slices or finely grate it.
- Next, put the sliced/grated ginger into a cup and pour boiling water over it.
- Let your infusion steep for approximately ten minutes.
- Done! Depending on your taste, you can sweeten the ginger tea with honey or drink it plain.
Enjoy the infusion as hot as possible, sipping it before or during mealtime.
The beneficial effects of ginger
Ginger has a long history as a spice – as well as a natural remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. It is renowned for its many beneficial compounds, especially gingerol and essential oils. The chemical structure of gingerol is similar to that of aspirin and it is a proven anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and analgesic. This pungent substance also enhances digestion. Ginger is not only a great natural remedy against colds, it can also be used to treat:
- Motion sickness and nausea
- Digestive problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Lack of appetite
- Menstrual pain