Ginger tea and it’s myriad benefits is an ancient beverage that has been used in both Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
These people used it to relieve nausea and vomiting, aid digestion, lower blood pressure and treat inflammation.
In recent times, research supports ginger’s traditional uses and is also adding new discoveries to the long list of health benefits.
These include helping to improve cardiovascular health as well as anti-cancer properties.
Read on to discover the amazing benefits of ginger tea!
May promote regular periods
- Ginger tea may be an effective herbal remedy for simple period pain, also known as primary dysmenorrhoea.
It’s a common discomfort which is not tied to any underlying chronic disease.
Even otherwise healthy women have to make specific diet and lifestyle changes, or take certain herbal medicines, to manage it.
A usually predictable nature doesn’t make period pain any less inconvenient.
Many women feel limited from undertaking their usual activities by it.
Some relevant studies
A review of seven studies examined the effects of ginger, taken here as a powder, on primary dysmenorrhoea.
4 of these studies used a placebo group to compare the effects of taking ginger extract during the first 3 or 4 days of menstruation.
- When analysed, there was an overall significant benefit of using ginger in cases of period pain.
6 of the 7 trials were described as having a low to medium risk of bias.
In other words, they were not so likely to have their results skewed or misrepresented.
The doses administered ranged from 750 to 2,000mg each day, which is achievable by drinking ginger herbal tea.
One of the main biochemical causes of period pain is an increased production of certain inflammatory chemicals.
These chemicals, also used in the immune response, increase uterine contractions to expel the old lining, but also trigger pain.
Besides period pain, another common menstrual complaint is heavy bleeding.
“Heavy” means greater than 80mL of menstrual blood loss per cycle, with no serious underlying disease.
It is estimated that 18 million women in the USA alone have iron deficiency anaemia caused by heavy menstrual bleeding.
Furthermore, anywhere between one-twentieth and one-quarter of gynaecological consultations are for this very problem.
- Iron-deficiency anaemia can be very damaging to health and quality of life.
With the rising popularity of plant-based diets, relieving excessive blood loss can prevent lower iron content from becoming a problem.
Similar to period pain, research has shown that heavy menstrual bleeding is linked to higher levels of prostaglandins.
These are lipids that encourage more blood flow and buildup of platelets (cellular fragments that aid clotting), leading to a thicker uterine lining that is shed during menstruation.
A study involving 71 high school girls tested ginger powder for its potential benefits in heavy menstruation.
- Before they began to take ginger, the girls’ average blood loss was 113.73mL per month; during treatment, it fell to 60.67mL. This was a drop in blood loss of 46.6%, which is lower than the level needed in order to be referred to as “heavy” menstruation.
Dry ginger’s main active phytochemicals are shogaol and gingerol, and they are likely present in ginger tea and decoctions.
Most women experience menstrual pain or heavy bleeding. Ginger tea has the benefit of being able to help relieve these issues through mechanisms including the prevention of inflammation.
May relieve morning sickness
One of the most well-known benefits of ginger tea is its use for morning sickness.
Which – just between you and me – can actually occur at any time of the day during pregnancy.
- Around 80-90% of mothers suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy with varying degrees of severity. With most cases easing by week 16.
Many mothers-to-be seek herbal medicine for morning sickness, as pharmaceutical medications can have dangerous side effects for baby.
A research review looked at 12 clinical studies testing the benefits of ginger in morning sickness.
Most of these studies used ginger extract, at a dose of 1000-1950mg per day.
- These trials found that ginger extract was more effective than the placebo, roughly equal to pharmaceuticals, and sometimes better than vitamin B6.
The results were similar to other reviews also finding that ginger was effective.
Ginger is thought to help relieve morning sickness by increasing digestive motility; with improved digestion, food does not remain in the stomach as long and so nausea may be reduced.
While ginger extract preparations did not reduce the number of vomiting episodes it did significantly relieved the severity of nausea.
‘Morning sickness’ is a near-universal side effect of pregnancy and pharmaceutical medications for this could be dangerous to the baby. Ginger’s regulatory effects on the digestive tract may be behind its observed benefits for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Could aid in breastfeeding
Just as in pregnancy, there are many herbal medicines and foods that aren’t recommended during breastfeeding. Ginger tea is NOT one of them.
A benefit of ginger tea according to Thai users is its ability to promote breast milk production.
This practice led to a clinical trial on women who had just given birth.
Here, 63 new mothers were given either ginger or a placebo for the first week after birth.
Their milk volume was then measured on days 3 and 7.
- On Day 3, the mothers taking ginger produced significantly more milk than those in the placebo group – an average of 191mL compared to 135mL.
However, this difference was not significant at Day 7, inferring that ginger tea helped mothers to get started with breastfeeding.
Regardless of your reasons for drinking ginger tea during breastfeeding, it is best to consult with your doctor or other healthcare providers.
Even more so if you have any medical conditions or take medication that may clash with it.
Ginger tea is safe when breastfeeding your baby, and may also help to boost milk flow early on.
May aid in digestion
Ginger tea can be a broad-spectrum digestive aid, beyond the relief of nausea and vomiting.
- For many years, it has been used for constipation, bloating, gastric inflammation and dyspepsia.
Some of these broad ginger tea digestive benefits are provided by ginger’s gastroprotective properties.
In other words, it helps guard the digestive tract lining against everyday ‘wear and tear’.
Many cases of functional dyspepsia are caused by Helicobacter pylori infections in the stomach.
This bacteria is the culprit responsible for stomach ulcers.
Functional dyspepsia involves a range of symptoms, including
- feelings of fullness
The studies have found…
A clinical study on 15 people with functional dyspepsia tested the effects of 1 gram of ginger extract, taken 3 times daily, for 4 weeks.
- Use of ginger led to a H. pylori clearance rate of 53.3% over the four-week treatment period.
This was accompanied by significant symptomatic relief; for example, gastric pain scores dropped from an average of 2.73 to 0.73, while gastric burning scores fell from 2.4 to 1.07.
Part of this plant’s gastroprotective properties lie in its ability to increase mucin production.
Mucin is a substance that acts as a barrier and reduces vulnerability to infection.
Ginger also has antibacterial effects, including the ability to prevent adhesion of bacteria to stomach and intestinal walls.
What’s more, ginger phytochemicals can suppress a range of bacterial enzymes essential for their growth and function.
- Another mechanism behind ginger’s beneficial effects may be a regulation of serotonin receptors in the intestines. This improves muscle contractions and, as a result, digestion.
A strong cup of ginger tea is the ideal way for the herbal remedy to act on the digestive tract.
This is because it allows for direct exposure with no need to break down tablets or capsules.
Ginger benefits digestion in several ways, by regulating muscle contractions, increasing protective mucin, and reducing bacterial counts. This enables broad gastrointestinal benefits, including relief of dyspepsia, bloating and inflammation.
Could help prevent diabetes
Ginger tea may also help with two all-too-common health problems in today’s world, obesity and metabolic syndrome.
While it isn’t a silver bullet, with a healthy diet and exercise routine, ginger tea can definitely help you reach your goals.
Metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and diabetes feature poor control of blood sugar levels and insulin response, which can have dangerous consequences for our health.
A meta-analysis of 14 studies on ginger intake found it significantly reduced
- blood sugar
- insulin resistance
- body weight
- waist-to-hip ratio
- hip ratio.
Interestingly, only the studies involving an 1,000mg or less daily intake of ginger showed significant benefits; this quantity is comparable with ginger tea.
All but one of these trials used ginger powder, a substance more similar to ginger tea than an extract.
Energy to burn
Ginger is thought to increase thermogenesis.
Thermogenesis is the burning of cellular energy, leading to a reduction in body fat (used to generate this energy).
These findings are important because when left unaddressed, obesity increases our risk of
- cardiovascular disease
- high blood pressure
- type II diabetes
Additionally, a clinical trial on people with type II diabetes not severe enough to require insulin compared 3 grams of ginger powder every day with a placebo.
After 3 months, the average blood sugar level fell by 19.41mg/dL in the ginger group, compared to a rise of 1.63mg/dL in the placebo half.
Their percentage of glycated haemoglobin fell by 0.77 percentage points, as opposed to a slight worsening of 0.02 percentage points.
- Cell and tissue glycation leads to structural damage and poorer functioning; as this is one of the underlying causes of wrinkles and other age-related complaints, herbal remedies with anti-glycation properties are also anti-aging!
In the ginger group, insulin levels and insulin resistance fell by 1.46 micro IU/mL and 16.38 points respectively, while insulin resistance worsened by 0.68 points in the placebo group.
Ginger tea may be an effective aid in controlling your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Additionally, it could help protect your body against the damaging effects of excess sugar.
Might assist with weight loss
Volunteers taking 1 gram of dried ginger root extract in the morning and afternoon showed no change in body temperature, blood flow or oxygen production.
- The rate of fat burning, however, increased by 13.5% within two hours when ginger was taken in the morning; blood levels of free fatty acids also rose at both times of day.
Therefore, if weight loss is one of your health goals, drink your ginger tea in the morning.
Laboratory research helps us to understand why ginger tea may help boost cellular energy production and burn up excess fat.
Our energy generators
Inside our cells, tiny, peanut-shaped powerhouses known as mitochondria are responsible for energy production; in simple terms, larger numbers of healthy mitochondria mean more energy is being made.
A study looking at ginger extract’s effect on cellular functions found that the extract, possibly with gingerol as the main active component, increased the numbers of mitochondria in the cells.
Not only were there more mitochondria, but key parts of them were showing more activity.
How do poor mitochondrial counts and function impact our health out in the real world?
- Research shows that markers of mitochondrial function can be reduced by 40% in the muscles of people with diabetes. And by 20% in obese volunteers.
Restoring the mitochondria’s ability to generate energy is particularly essential in conditions where physical activity plays a key role in prevention and treatment.
If you are overweight, obese or have a condition such as diabetes, you are probably told to exercise regularly. But how can you without enough energy?
You’ve heard this well-meaning advice enough times.
Now you know one of the methods to help you get motivated, active and energised.
Lack of energy often keeps us from meeting our fitness goals, which are even more important if we need to lose weight. Fortunately, ginger can help to boost fat burning and cellular energy production.
Might improve cardiovascular health
If cardiovascular health is a concern for you, ginger tea may be a useful accompaniment to nutrition and lifestyle changes.
- Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of mortality and disability across the world.
Luckily, there are many ways to help prevent it.
Two underlying mechanisms behind this category of ailments are elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in the bloodstream); normalising their levels is associated with lower incidence and severity of cardiovascular problems.
What the studies show
A meta-analysis of 12 studies looked at the effects of ginger on blood lipids, including both triglycerides and cholesterol.
Overall, use of ginger significantly reduced blood levels of triglycerides, by 17.59mg/dL on average, and LDL cholesterol, by an average of 4.9mg/dL.
Similar to the research on ginger for weight loss and metabolic health, the lower doses had stronger effects.
Once again, all studies used ginger powder instead of extracts, and many sourced it from local markets.
- Trials using 2 grams or less per day saw an average reduction in triglycerides by 38.42mg/dL, and in total cholesterol by 12.26mg/dL.
The researchers described two phytochemicals in ginger, gingerol and shogaol, as major therapeutic components of the spice.
They contribute strongly to its anti-inflammatory, blood sugar-lowering, and blood lipid-lowering properties.
As a whole, ginger may balance blood lipids and cholesterol by
- reducing the production of cholesterol
- increasing cholesterol excretion
- speeding up the breakdown of fats.
In conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle, ginger may balance blood lipids and cholesterol by reducing the production of cholesterol, increasing cholesterol excretion and speeding up the breakdown of fats.
May lower blood pressure
Ginger tea and other preparations are not widely known as cardiovascular remedies.
However, laboratory research suggests they could lower blood pressure.
- A ginger decoction was found to act on the smooth muscles, which are part of the digestive tract, uterus, and blood vessels.
The other potential benefits of ginger, in particular improved energy production and relief from muscle soreness after exercise, may help blood pressure indirectly by enabling an active lifestyle.
Ginger is a broad-spectrum regulator of smooth muscle contraction, a type of muscle found in the organs and blood vessels, meaning it can help control blood pressure.
Can be a useful study aid
While it does not contain caffeine, ginger tea may help to improve learning and memory.
- A laboratory study tested the effects of ginger root extract as both an antioxidant and inhibitor of an enzyme known as acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine is one of the neurotransmitters that brain cells use to communicate, and poor levels contribute to cognitive decline or trouble with learning new information.
Here, different ginger extract types had different effects on acetylcholinesterase, but all significantly reduced its activity.
This may have been related to ginger’s antioxidant effects, which also protect the brain because its high demand for energy makes it more vulnerable to oxidative stress.
Many of ginger’s antioxidants can enter fats, an important property here because the brain is predominately fatty tissue.
When looking for brain-boosting remedies, another essential factor to consider is whether or not the active phytochemicals will cross the blood-brain barrier.
This a protective ‘wall’ used to help keep potentially harmful substances out, while letting nutrients in and allowing for the removal of metabolic waste.
Fortunately, a study found that at least 3 key phytochemicals in ginger are able to cross the blood-brain barrier with ease.
This makes it more likely that we can apply the results of laboratory studies to real life.
What about real-life humans?
Ginger tea can benefit people by helping to rejuvenate cognitive function in middle-aged women, as seen in a trial testing the effects of 400mg and 800mg daily doses of ginger extract.
All the women performed a range of cognitive tests, including
- spatial memory
- reaction time
- how long it took to recognise inconsistencies in sound patterns.
- Ginger extract significantly improved attention and cognition, including in word recognition, reaction time and spatial memory.
Ginger not only works by increasing acetylcholine, but also by relieving oxidative stress, which begins to affect brain health in middle age.
Ginger tea could benefit cognition in people of all ages and situations, most likely by increasing levels of a key neurotransmitter and protecting brain cells from degradation caused by oxidative stress.
Can help with post-workout recovery
The anti-inflammatory benefits of ginger tea could extend to post-exercise recovery.
A two-phase study tested the effects of raw ginger on 34 volunteers, and heated ginger on another 40 people.
Researchers instructed them to perform a series of arm exercises to cause muscle soreness.
- Raw and heated ginger had similar effects, relieving muscle pain by 25% and 23% respectively compared to the placebo.
These effect sizes were larger than the results of many studies testing NSAID drugs for muscle soreness after exercise; they often involved several days of NSAID use and more intense exercise regimes.
There wasn’t a large effect size in the reduction of the one inflammatory prostaglandin marker tested.
What this means is the relief experienced may have been caused by a different mechanism.
This differs to another study mentioned, where one 2-gram dose of raw ginger didn’t prevent muscle pain after exercise.
- Therefore, ginger tea is best enjoyed regularly to prevent muscle soreness.
Although, it doesn’t matter too much whether you drink it hot or as an iced tea.
While iced tea was only marginally better, it can be very refreshing after a workout – especially during the summer heat.
Pain relief and performance enhancement
Another paper set out to find whether ginger extract preparations could be an effective pain reliever and performance-enhancer for athletes.
Many athletes, and people who work out or play sports, rely on NSAIDs to soothe sore muscles.
This is not without its negative effects, as NSAIDs may
- impair muscle growth and regeneration
- slow connective tissue repair
- increase intestinal permeability.
Intestinal permeability is the technical term for ‘leaky gut’; when the intestinal wall becomes ‘leaky’, undigested food, bacteria and their waste products can enter the bloodstream.
As you can imagine, this provokes an inflammatory immune response.
During intense sporting events such as marathons, increased intestinal permeability can worsen the inflammatory response to exercise.
Perhaps even causing gastrointestinal pain that often forces athletes to drop out.
What’s more, another potential adverse effect of NSAIDs is trouble breathing, which could be distressing or even risky for athletes.
Interestingly, ginger does not have these negative effects, and can in fact improve airway function and digestive tract integrity.
- Up to 90% of people with asthma and 50% of athletes have difficulty breathing after exercise. However, ginger may help to keep the airways open by having a relaxing effect on their smooth muscle.
The reviewers found from 7 studies that taking 2 grams of ginger each day, for at least 5 days, can provide moderate relief from muscle pain.
These five days included three days before intense physical activity, the day of the activity, and the day immediately afterwards.
However, there was minimal data showing that ginger could speed the return of muscle strength.
The authors also mentioned a high prevalence of nausea following intense exercise.
They found 20% of people overall, and a higher percentage of women, reported feeling sick after ‘hard runs’.
The anti-inflammatory effects of ginger could extend to post-workout recovery, soothing sore muscles without side effects. It is found to be most effective taken in the several days leading up to strenuous activity.
May help prevent cancer
Unfortunately, cancer is an all too common chronic disease, with breast cancer being the second most common type.
Could ginger tea have protective benefits?
A clinical trial comparing the effect of ginger extract with water-based exercise, tested the combination’s effectiveness in improving antioxidant status in women with breast cancer.
- They found that combining ginger and exercise was the most effective way to increase antioxidant production.
With previously-chosen markers linked to a lower risk of breast cancer.
Some of the active phytochemicals in ginger, including 6-gingerol, could help to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer.
One piece of laboratory research describes how this compound and its metabolites reduced the counts of lung cancer cells.
More human trials are needed on those at risk of the disease so more substantial information can be collected.
Nevertheless, ginger tea is still a worthwhile addition to your everyday life.
Alongside other protective interventions such as quitting smoking, ginger tea may help reduce our risk of developing cancer, or relieve oxidative stress if someone already has the disease.
Like other herbal teas, ginger tea is a water extract, as water is the medium used to extract its phytochemicals.
- Laboratory research has shown that water extracts of ginger can have antimicrobial effects against a range of bacteria, including salmonella.
While this is not a substitute for following food safety and hygiene rules, ginger tea may benefit you by helping you to get over food poisoning faster.
Additionally, its antimicrobial effects could be a helpful addition to treatment protocols for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is when the populations of intestinal bacteria are shifted too far in favour of the inflammatory, harmful species. And, therefore, too few species that provide benefits, such as the control of inflammation.
Whether you’re dealing with an acute infection or chronic dysbiosis, ginger tea may be a helpful addition to other antimicrobial, gut-healing interventions.
Source of Antioxidants
You may think that the more labour-intensive, more expensive alcohol extracts of herbal remedies are always more potent than teas.
However, research conducted concerning different types of ginger extracts found that the water extract, using a temperature of 100 degrees Celsius, had the highest flavonoid content, a key class of plant antioxidants.
This 100°C extraction also had the highest levels of tannins, a type of phytochemical with an astringent effect.
Even though the water extract’s antioxidant ability, measured by how many oxidative free radicals it could neutralise, wasn’t the highest, antioxidants from different sources work together in the body.
- Maintaining a high antioxidant status is important for anti-aging and general well-being, as this neutralises more oxidative free radicals.
These oxidative free radicals are one cause of age-related tissue degradation; the most well-recognised example of this is how skin ages faster if it is regularly sunburnt.
To say it in another way, sunburn is oxidative stress caused by too much sun exposure.
Ginger tea, essentially a water extract, has powerful protective effects against oxidative stress, a type of tissue damage we face every day.
Might relieve inflammation
Another benefit of ginger tea is that it can be an easy way to relieve inflammation.
It does this by inhibiting the production of a range of inflammatory signalling chemicals.
The body needs some degree of these signalling chemicals, as they help the immune system clean up infections, cellular debris and injuries.
However, prolonged high levels of them contribute to a range of health problems.
- Various phytochemicals in ginger help out by reducing the activity of the two cyclo-oxygenase enzymes, which produce inflammatory substances from certain fatty acids.
This effect is also behind the abilities of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and inflammation.
However, NSAIDs can cause a range of side effects, including gastrointestinal problems, while ginger preparations are used to help with similar issues.
This is most likely because ginger contains many different phytochemicals that add benefits and neutralise negative effects of the known ‘active’ substances.
One of these other beneficial properties is the inhibition of lipo-oxygenase, another enzyme that generates different inflammatory chemicals.
- When both the cyclo-oxygenases and lipo-oxygenase are blocked together, this prevents the digestive problems that NSAID use can cause.
In fact, only reducing the activity of cyclo-oxygenase can divert inflammatory pathways to lipo-oxygenase, resulting in different problems.
But the inflammation remains.
Chronic, low-grade inflammation lies underneath many widespread health problems. The phytochemicals in ginger target this inflammation on multiple pathways, and avoid the side effects of NSAIDs.
What does ginger tea taste like?
Ginger tea has a warming, sweet flavour.
You may enjoy it the most on a winter’s night, or after a stimulating swim in cool water.
What part of ginger is used?
Finely chopped and dried ginger root is used to make ginger tea.
This root is actually a rhizome, which performs the role of a plant stem but sits underground.
A rhizome grows horizontally and stores nutrients; as it grows, new individual plants, including their stems and roots, can grow from it.
Does ginger tea have caffeine?
No, one of the benefits of ginger tea is that it does not contain caffeine, unlike coffee and tea leaves (Camellia sinensis).
Unless ginger is a trigger for heartburn, it can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Interestingly, if ginger does in fact boost learning and memory, as the research described above suggests, then it may indirectly improve sleep by reducing the time needed to study.
Will ginger tea break my fast?
If you are practicing intermittent fasting, ginger tea should not break your fast as it contains negligible kilojoules.
A well-boiled decoction may contain a few kilojoules if you eat the ginger pieces. As will tea if you add lemon juice or honey.
Why organic ginger tea?
Organic produce is not grown with pesticides or other man-made agricultural chemicals.
As you know, these have harmful effects on human and environmental health.
What’s more, organic food has been repeatedly shown to have higher levels of antioxidant phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.
Is ginger tea safe?
Although ginger tea is an overall safe herbal remedy, a few people may suffer adverse effects.
Whether or not you experience any side effects of ginger tea depends on what health conditions you may have.
And what medications you may be taking.
Generally, it is recommended that 4 grams daily is the maximum dose of ginger; during pregnancy, this is lowered to one gram per day.
As a tea, we advise you to consume no more than 2 cups per day.
People with allergies to other plants in the Zingiberaceae family (the botanical family ginger belongs to) or to balsam of Peru, may be unable to tolerate ginger tea.
Interactions with prescription drugs
Ginger, as it can slow blood clotting, may also interact with certain blood-thinning medications.
We also don’t recommend you drink ginger tea within a few weeks of having surgery.
There is a chance that diabetic patients taking blood sugar-lowering medication may need a dose adjustment when considering significant intakes of ginger.
Additionally, limited evidence suggests that ginger cancels out drugs such as antacids and proton pump inhibitors.
It does this by boosting stomach acid production.
On the other hand, this may also provide a protective effect against gastric ulcers.
The beneficial phytochemicals in ginger tea also do not build up over time to reach risky levels.
A pilot study on ginger tea absorption found that the blood levels of gingerols, the main medicinal component, peaked 30-60 minutes after consumption.
This means that not only can you take it as needed, but its benefits may start to appear quickly.
Can ginger tea cause acid reflux?
Acid reflux, or heartburn, is an uncomfortable problem where the muscles separating the oesophagus and stomach open up inappropriately.
This allows partially digested food, acid and enzymes in the stomach to enter the oesophagus.
Unfortunately, for both you and your oesophagus, it does not have innate protection against highly acidic environments or digestive enzymes.
Many of the clinical studies discussed in this article list acid reflux as a side effect of ginger consumption. But don’t worry – not all participants experienced it.
If you currently suffer from heartburn, or are prone to having bouts of heartburn, use ginger tea with caution and stop if it flares up.
Can ginger tea cause diarrhoea?
Although ginger tea may promote muscle contractions in the digestive tract, it is not expected to cause diarrhoea in most people.
In fact, ginger could help prevent diarrhoea by affecting the metabolism of harmful bacteria that commonly cause the complaint.
A laboratory study 403tested the effects of ginger decoction on a number of microbes known to cause diarrhoea; decoctions are somewhat different from tea in that the ingredients are simmered for longer periods.
The researchers found that, while ginger did not kill off the bacterial strains tested, it impaired their functions such as toxin production.
Some bacteria were less able to colonise healthy tissue when exposed to ginger decoction. This good news means it might help shake off gastrointestinal infections faster.
Is ginger tea safe during pregnancy?
A high number of clinical studies testing the effects of ginger extract preparations in morning sickness.
And the great news is ginger tea is safe during pregnancy for most women.
In the above research review of ginger in morning sickness, it was not significantly associated with pregnancy complications to the mother or the baby.
In fact, ginger is sought after as a safe alternative to risky pharmaceuticals.
If you have any concerns, like how ginger tea may react with any medical conditions or medications, consult your doctor.
Is ginger tea safe for children?
While the recommended intake is lower (1 cup per day), ginger tea is safe for children with none of the above contraindications.
From a palatable angle however, children may prefer it with honey due to the naturally spicy taste.
How do I prepare ginger tea?
Bring fresh water to the boil and allow it to slightly cool for two minutes.
Add one teaspoon of ginger for every 250mL of water, brew for five to six minutes and enjoy!
You can add a small amount of sugar or honey to ginger tea, but it isn’t compatible with dairy or plant-based milk.
How to make a ginger decoction
As written above, a ginger decoction is more or less a stronger version of ginger tea.
This guide explains that 1 litre of herbal decoction requires between 2 tablespoons to 2 cups of powdered ginger root.
How much you need depends on your desired level of strength.
To make a decoction, bring water just barely to the boil in a non-reactive saucepan. Then add the ginger tea.
Simmer the ginger root for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the desired strength.
When it’s all done, strain and serve your decoction, and you can store any leftovers if you need.
Health-improving ginger tea can be added seamlessly into your everyday diet, bringing a uniquely hot, sweet flavour that greatly differs from other teas.
This amazing plant has such a wide range of traditional uses that it has inspired a multitude of modern scientific research to test out and document its benefits.
These studies have shown that ginger can successfully
- relieve inflammation, nausea, vomiting and indigestion
- improve cardiovascular health, memory, blood sugar control, energy metabolism and breast milk production.
In short, the underlying mechanisms behind ginger tea’s benefits include the
- inhibition of several inflammatory enzymes
- boosting of cellular energy production
- relaxation of smooth muscle to prevent inappropriate cramping.
For best results, enjoy quality ginger tea once or twice daily, or a stronger ginger decoction once each day.
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