Let’s be honest: garlic tea sounds disgusting. But despite seeming unusual, this medicinal tea has been used for centuries, particularly by Native Americans. Learn about the effects and benefits of garlic and ginger tea, and how to make your own at home.
Making Garlic Tea: Ginger and Garlic
There are many ways to make garlic tea. You can just use garlic or mix it with different kinds of herbs to get a different and probably better flavor. To get the most of garlic tea’s benefits, we recommend combining it with ginger and lemon. This will have the positive side effect of neutralizing the garlic aroma, so you won’t have to worry about trying to get rid of garlic breath.
For one glass of ginger and garlic tea, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 small piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (fresh-pressed is always best)
- 1 tbsp honey (to taste)
How to prepare the tea:
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Thinly slice the ginger and garlic and add them to the water.
- Let the tea simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Take the pot off the heat and allow to cool for ten minutes.
- Add the lemon juice and honey.
- Enjoy your tea hot, in small sips.
Benefits: Is Ginger and Garlic Tea Healthy?
Ginger is a common choice for tea-lovers. Of the two ingredients, garlic is the more surprising addition, but there’s a good reason to make this half-and-half mixture. Garlic has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, and is packed with a lot of health benefits:
- Garlic has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Mostly due to organosulfur compounds, garlic also has natural antibiotic and antiviral properties.
- Garlic tea contains sulfides and thiols that may decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol.
- Garlic is nutrient-rich, with high amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin B-6.
- Many studies have also suggested a possible cancer-preventative effect.
Will Ginger and Garlic Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Ginger and garlic tea is a common aid for weight loss. Garlic has very few calories (about 4.5 per clove) and has traditionally been said to boost metabolism, an effect strengthened even further by the added ginger. To get the most of this metabolism-boosting effect, try drinking ginger tea in the morning. However, always be sure to listen to your body – ginger and garlic tea may be good for some people, but can cause digestive issues in others.
This article has been translated and adapted from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original here: Knoblauchtee-Rezept: Wirkung und Zubereitung des Heilmittelsunderlined orange are partially partner links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org, because we will receive a small part of the sales proceeds. More info.
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