Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Ginger Tea and the health benefits of Ginger.

Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger, is widely used as a spice and for medicinal purposes. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae botanical family. Ginger is grown mainly in India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Nigeria and West Indies islands.




Ginger is very commonly used in south eastern Asia, India and China. Ginger contains very strong anti-inflammatory compound called gingerols. There are many benefits of the gingerols. 
Ginger is known to reduce risks of heart disease and high cholesterol.  It helps to reduce pain in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Chewing a piece of ginger helps in reducing discomfort and pain in the stomach, colic, and dyspepsia.  

Those who suffer from motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating can benefit from taking ginger either in the form of ginger tea, chewing on it or in capsule form. It also helps with nausea caused by pregnancy. not only is ginger widely used for culinary use but for centuries ginger has also been used in Ayurveda and beauty products. It is commonly used to help with acne, dandruff and anti-aging.

Ginger is available in various forms:


  • Whole fresh roots
  • Dried roots  
  • Ground ginger 
  • Crystallised ginger 
  • Pickled ginger.  
  • Preserved or 'stem' ginger.  
  • Ginger oil
  • Ginger capsules


Preparation of fresh ginger:


Fresh root ginger will keep in the fridge for weeks f its washed and dried and wrapped in kitchen paper. Alternatively you can scrape the ginger root with a teaspoon and cut into slices. 




Add the slices to blender jug like the  powerful Optimum 9400 blender to make a pulp which can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to a month to use when ever needed. The pulp can also be frozen in a tray and then stored in zip lock bags in the freezer to use as and when needed.


Ground ginger is also very useful to have to add to baking etc. Ground ginger can be stored in a clean airtight jar in a cool place out of direct sunlight.


The flavour of ginger is warm and fragrant and its perfect to add to masala tea, honey and ginger flapjacks and ginger syrup.  You can even have chutney with ginger in it. I love ginger tea and drink it daily. Its refreshing and totally healthy has lots of medicinal qualities.




Yield: serves 2
Author:

Ginger Tea

Aromatic and fragrant ginger flavoured tea with honey and lemon
prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M

Ingredients:

  • 200 ml hot water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger pulp

Instructions:

How to cook Ginger Tea

  1. In a jug add the hot water ginger pulp, lemon juice and the honey.
  2. Mix with a spoon and strain into serving cups.
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Consuming this ginger tea is really helpful in keeping at bay colds, flu and minor ailments.

Ginger is a staple spice in my household and I use it daily in a majority of  my dishes. Most commonly ginger is added to curries and even rice dishes, I love the sound of this ginger and garlic rice.
I also love the flavour of ginger in sweet dishes too,  such as is these delectable gingerbread crinkle cookies and this lemon and ginger cheese cake.


14 comments:

  1. I am not a ginger person, it is just one of those things I do not like, my Dad would love this though and going to share it with him x

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  2. I have to admit, I've only really had ginger in ginger beer and in cake. It has so many medicinal uses though I should try your tea

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  3. I did not know ginger can be added to baking too. Yes, ginger is helpful and I love having ginger tea. It's tasty and healthy

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  4. My family always love to have a ginger tea most especially when we are sick because it really helps us to feel more better.

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  5. I tend to use more of ginger in all my cooking and always add that teeny weeny extra bit of the powder in my bakes. Ginger tea is what I tend to have when I'm not feeling well, especially when I have a bad tummy and feel nauseous. Helps to settle the tummy. Thanks for the mention Nayna.

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  6. Geraline Batarra30 May 2019 at 05:49

    This ginger tea sounds so good and relaxing. I'm not really fond to ginger tea, but adding lemon to it sounds really great

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  7. Ginger tea is the first thing in the morning I take. I love the flavour. And it keeps me less bloated whole day. Also a good anti inflammatory.

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  8. I love fresh ginger tea with lemon and honey and it is a must have for abdominal cramps or when I feel a cold coming on. Makes me feel better instantly.

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  9. Ginger tea sounds interesting .. I will try it. Usually I always add ginger in my tea also..

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  10. Hey, very nice article. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. That beautiful color of the tea 😍 Must be zingy! Will definitely try this soon!

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  12. I can imagine it making a delicious flavor to a tea. I know it would be good after a long day. i wonder if it would be good if it was turned into an iced tea of some sort.

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  13. Love ginger in my food and tea. I make ginger tea the indian way but making it with hot water and honey sounds good.

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  14. I love ginger tea... I always have SALABAT TEA at home.. It has lemon and sugar.. Every Saturday and sunday is tea day. I drown myself in coffee from MOnday to Friday specially at work so I make sure that sat sun I get coffee detox by sticking on Salabat tea..sometime rose tea.

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