The Benefits of Ginger Tea: How to Make a Healthy Infusion

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The benefits of ginger tea go beyond its proven ability to help fight colds. It also has positive effects on motion sickness, migraines, and digestive issues. And the best part is it’s easy to make at home! With this simple recipe you’ll be making your own healthy fresh ginger infusion in no time!

Ingredients for Ginger Tea

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Ginger tea: quick, easy and healthy. (Photo: © Utopia / Binford)

Making your own ginger tea from scratch isn’t too much work at all. 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

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Ginger tea prep time: approx. 10 mins. (Photo: © Utopia / Binford)
  1. Wash the ginger root thoroughly but leave the skin intact. It contains many important nutrients that benefit your health (yes, ginger tea is great for you).
  2. After washing, chop off a 5 cm (2 inch) piece of the ginger root and cut it into thin slices or finely grate it.
  3. Next, put the sliced/grated ginger into a cup and pour boiling water over it.
  4. Let your infusion steep for approximately ten minutes.
  5. Done! Depending on your taste, you can sweeten the ginger tea with honey or drink it plain. If you add honey, wait until your ginger tea has cooled a little bit. Honey loses its healing properties if exposed to high temperatures.

Enjoy the infusion as hot as possible, sipping it before or during mealtime.

Medicinal Uses and Benefits of Ginger Tea

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The health benefits of ginger tea are well known as natural remedies for a variety of conditions. (Photo: © Utopia / Binford)

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 helps with digestion. Thus, the benefits of ginger tea as a natural remedy against colds go hand in hand with its additional uses to treat:

  • Motion sickness and nausea
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Lack of appetite
  • Menstrual pain

Another drink with prescribed healing properties is the glowing yellow curcuma drink known as golden milk (or turmeric latte). Surprisingly enough, this toasty beverage contains ginger. Golden milk is said to serve well as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and also works to boost your immune system during the flu season. Learn more about the additional health benefits of the turmeric latte and how to make your own in our Golden Milk Recipe.

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This article was translated from German to English by Hilary. You can view the original here: Ingwertee selber machen: So gelingt die Zubereitung

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