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The Health Benefits of:

Ginger

By Lisa BriskeyPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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Ginger Tea Benefits

About Ginger

People used ginger in ancient times for cooking, as a spice, and for medicinal purposes. Ginger contains a strong property called gingerol. Therefore, ginger is used as a traditional and alternative medicine. Ginger was originally from Southeast Asia. In 406 AD, ginger was carried on Chinese ships to prevent scurvy.

Ginger May Help with Arthritis Pain

Since ginger has anti-inflammatory properties it is thought that it may help people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A study done in 2018 showed that it may reduce inflammation pain in the knee that is caused by osteoarthritis.

Ginger May Help with Sore Throats and Flu

Ginger is good to take during the cold and flu season because it is warming to one’s system and it is antibacterial, antiviral, and decongestion. When taking it during a cold, it is good to drink it throughout the day and have up to 3 cups a day. Ginger tea may prevent colds, soothe sore throats, and ease congestion. A 2011 study, showed that “consuming ginger was more effective against the bacteria that cause streptococcal pharyngitis or strep throat than some antibiotics” (2). It has to be fresh, not dried ginger.

Ginger May Help with Gas/Indigestion

A 2019 study, showed that consuming ginger may help prevent gas and indigestion by reducing the bloating and cramping and lowering the pressure on the esophageal sphincter.

Ginger May Help with Nausea and Vomiting

There have been many studies done in the past showing that consuming ginger tea may alleviate nausea and vomiting that come with pregnancy, chemotherapy, and motion sickness. There have also been studies that showed pregnant women having side effects like allergic reactions, blood thinning, and anticoagulant effects while consuming ginger. So it's better to consult a doctor if you are pregnant or taking chemotherapy if you want to drink ginger tea.

I love drinking ginger tea so I have included three different ginger tea recipes. They are the same. I hope you love it.

Ginger Tea #1

Ingredients:

1 cup of water

½ inch piece of ginger, sliced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey

dash of cayenne

Instructions:

Boil the water. In a cup, combine the ingredients. Pour the hot water into the cup. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Then enjoy the cup of ginger tea.

Ginger Tea #2

Ingredients:

1 cup of water

slices of ginger

Instructions:

Place a saucepan on the stove. In the saucepan, pour the water and add the ginger. Cover and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain it in a cup. Add honey if you like. Drink and enjoy.

Ginger Tea #3

Ingredients:

1 cup of water

2 teaspoons of ginger, powder

Instructions:

Boil the water either in a kettle or an electric kettle. In a cup, put the powdered ginger. Pour hot water into the cup and stir. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Add honey or any sweetener. Enjoy.

Who Should Avoid Ginger Tea

Pregnant women and people taking blood-thinning medications should consult a doctor before consuming ginger. Ginger is “generally recognized as safe” according to the FDA but the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health suggests that people who have gallstone disease be careful when consuming ginger due because it may increase the flow of bile (1)

Possible Side Effects of Ginger

Ginger may cause some people to have side effects like heartburn, diarrhea, gas, and abdominal discomfort.

Disclaimer:

I am not a doctor so before consuming ginger you might want to consult a doctor.

Source:

medicalnewstoday.com/ginger

medicalnewstoday.com/ginger

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About the Creator

Lisa Briskey

I love to write, crochet, and sew. I am a grandmother of a two-year-old granddaughter.

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