This ginger tea recipe is easy to make and can help ease nausea, heartburn, headaches and cold symptoms. When selecting ginger root, be sure to pick one with a smooth skin ; wrinkles indicate the root is dry and past its prime. Ginger should have a very strong spicy aroma.
fresh ginger root
6 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
agave nectar (or your favorite sweetener) *optional
Peel ginger and slice very thin (1/2 cup)
Simmer ginger and cinnamon sticks in 6 cups of water for 20 minutes
Remove from heat and strain
Add sweetener & lemon to taste
Makes 6 servings – also tastes fabulous chilled with ice
More Interesting Information on Ginger Root:
- High in potassium, great for heart health, manganese which builds resistance to disease, protects lining of heart, blood vessels and urinary passages.
- Silicon which promotes healthy skin, hair, teeth and nails.
- Also a source of vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium, beta-carotene
- Makes your belly joyous: The gingerols help to relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal so it prevents gas and bloating. I remember as a kid getting GingerAle when I was sick. And that’s because ginger is used to treat nausea. However, you would be far better off using fresh ginger root for an upset tummy than to drink pop.
- Anti-inflammatory. Thanks to these phytonutrients: gingerol, shogaol and zingrone. Gingerol is actually a potent antioxidant that has been found in studies to relieve osteo and rheumatoid arthritis pain, even in patients who didn’t respond to medications. In fact, in studies it’s been shown to reduce certain hormones that promote inflammation. This is similar to how NSAIDs work, but without the negative effects.
- Anti-cancer: In it has been found to reduce certain cancers such as colorectal, ovarian, pancreatic, kidney and lung by inhibiting the growth and production of cancer cells. This is exciting stuff!!
- Immune-enhancing: During flu season, stock up on your ginger because it boosts your immune system by inducing sweating and this is an excellent way to detox naturally. Please! Don’t take Tylenol. A fever is your metabolism being kicked up a knotch to get your immune system engines churned and fight infection. (Unless of course your fever is at a dangerous level, then try a homeopathic remedy or take a cold bath).
- Natural antibiotic: Ginger kills pathogenic bacteria which is one of the reasons you get pickled ginger with your sushi. Be careful of that preserved ginger though, because it often has sulfites which many are sensitive to.
- Heart-health: Ginger reduces the “stickiness” of blood platelets and may therefore be helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease.