Ginger is one of the plants most strongly recommended to always have at hand. It is versatile, extremely tasty and, most important of all, has anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to improving the functioning of the digestive system and the immune system. Ginger root can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for a prolonged time.
The taste and smell of ginger comes from a unique combination of essential oils that it contains, of which gingerol, shogaol and zingerone are the most important. These essential oils contribute to eliminating parasites, fungi, viruses and bacteria.
Ginger roots also contain many nutrients that relieve pain, treat asthma, and improve the digestive system, the immune cells and cardiac health. A 2009 study shows that ginger can match Ibuprofen in terms of reducing cramps without adverse side effects. Ginger has proven effective in treating indigestion, not only by relieving pain but also by rebalancing the intestinal flora.
The benefits of ginger tea
Ginger tea is probably the easiest and pleasant way to benefit from the unique properties of ginger. Here are some of these properties:
- Ginger tea helps fight viral infections such as the flu, influenza and cold sores.
- Because of its heating properties, ginger aids circulation. A good blood circulation ensures the circulation of nutrients and oxygen in the body, accelerating healing processes.
- Ginger root is rich in beneficial antioxidants that improve the functioning of the body’s defense system against disease and infection; therefore ginger tea is very good for strengthening the immune system.
- Ginger contains certain ingredients that can reduce pain by preventing prostaglandins cause inflammation in various parts of the body. Regular consumption of ginger tea combats headaches, colds, muscle pain and the flu.
- Ginger tea can also reduce the risk of stroke. One cup of ginger tea a day is enough to reduce the amount of fat that may clog the arteries.
Creamy ginger tea with turmeric
- 1/4 tsp fresh ginger powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric (freshly ground or powdered)
- Coconut milk
- 1 cup water
Add ginger and turmeric in boiling water and simmer for a few minutes. Then add milk and mix until smooth. Finally, after the drink has cooled, add honey. Serve with lemon wedges.