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Ginger herbal tea
The properties of ginger root help us especially to take care of ours gastrointestinal system, but also to fight cold, but of throat and flu symptoms.
Ginger is almost always associated with Christmas and sugary root pieces that are consumed especially at this time of year but those who appreciate and love herbalism and herbal medicine are familiar with the characteristics and properties of this root.
One of the most used and best able to enhance the properties of ginger is certainly the herbal tea that allows us to take, with a hot and pleasant drink, many beneficial properties of this root.
Simple herbal tea
The first herbal tea proposed, takes full advantage of the properties of ginger and provides very few ingredients.
We wash a piece of well ginger root, about 3 cm long and, without peeling it, cut it into thin slices. Put a saucepan on the fire with about 500 ml of water and bring it to a boil. As soon as the water boils, add the slices of ginger and turn off the heat. The mixture must be left to infuse for about ten minutes. Once the infusion is ready, we filter everything and add the juice of a lemon or if we prefer, depending on our taste, a lime.
To sweeten the herbal tea the ideal is to use honey.
Elaborate herbal tea
This second recipe involves the use of other natural ingredients, which are added to ginger. The set of properties of the various ingredients in combination, make it an effective remedy against cold, sore throat and flu symptoms.
Put in a saucepan about half a liter of cold water, peel and grate a piece of ginger root. Fresh ginger can also be found in many supermarkets, not all to be honest, but it is found. Add the grated ginger to the water and put the saucepan on the stove until it boils. Meanwhile finely chop one half chili pepper, the dose also depends on how hot the pepper is.
After the mixture has boiled for about five minutes, add the chilli, together with a pinch of cinnamon and let it boil again for about a minute.
Subsequently it will be necessary to provide for the addition of half a spoon of chili pepper, after having ground it, and a very small quantity of cinnamon powder.
Turn off the heat and add to the mixture two slices of crushed garlic well well.
Meanwhile, squeeze the juice of one or two lemons, until you have about half a glass of juice. Filter the mixture that we have previously boiled over a fire, add it to lemon juice and the herbal tea is ready to be served.
Also for this second recipe, we can sweeten the herbal tea using honey.
Ginger and its properties
"Hot spice", this is how ginger is nicknamed, due to the fact that it is capable of stimulating circulation.
Ginger is known and used since ancient times in oriental medicine and especially in Chinese medicine. In China the use of ginger is widespread, it is used for the stimulating effect it has on the nervous system and for its ability to calm a wide range of disorders.
The essential oil contained in ginger is called gingerol and it is to this that its curative properties are due which make it one of the spices most used in the therapeutic field.
Many studies on the effects of the administration of ginger, have revealed and confirmed its properties and today it is widespread and used also in the West, for the effective beneficial actions it can bring to the body.
The main properties that are recognized to him are theenergizing effect and the ability to fight nausea, however ginger also has many other positive effects on the body.
Since its action is beneficial mainly on thedigestive system, is an ally against dyspepsia and allows to counter all related disorders such as flatulence, bloating and stomach swelling.
Ginger is able to remove the cold from the body through transpiration. When the first symptoms of cold or flu appear, the hot ginger tea helps to clear the stuffy nose and stimulates perspiration, a bit the same kind of effect that aspirin has.
Even in the case of cough due to accumulation of phlegm, ginger can help us alleviate symptoms and accelerate healing, a hot herbal tea upon arrival of the first symptoms and we could avert the worsening of the cough and the arrival of a sore throat.
According to some studies carried out in India, it seems that ginger can bring many also benefits the heart, being able to reduce the viscosity of the blood, facilitating its circulation.
Finally, ginger has also been recognized as an effective anti-rheumatic and anti-spasmodic action.
Ginger tea: Side effects
The use of ginger root for the preparation of decoctions or herbal teas does not seem to involve particular side effects, unless taken in very high doses. In this case, care must be taken when hiring simultaneously anti inflammatory drugs, because we could have an increase in their harmful gastro power. This happens however only if the doses in which we take ginger are very high, which should not be the case with some simple herbal tea.
The rarity and the scarcity of the side effects caused by ginger, make it an excellent remedy to fight gastrointestinal disorders of various kinds, including car sickness. Ginger is in fact known for its property of combating nausea of various kinds, even those due to pregnancy.
The only attention to be paid is the possible abuse of ginger, so always follow the advice of the doctor or herbalist and follow their instructions regarding the dosage, if it is frequently used.