Have you ever appreciated the role and purpose of ginger in your life? Have you ever ask in your self the health benefits and advantages we can get in using ginger? I do. In fact, I love spices especially ginger that is why I came up with this title. More than indulging ginger’s spicy taste, I was curious about what are other benefits I can get in ginger aside from it is used as spice and flavorings in our everyday dishes.
Ginger (Common Name) Zingiber Officinales (Scientific name) Zingerberaceae (Family name) is the the plant’s botanical name is thought to be derived from its Sanskrit name singabera which means “horn shaped,” a physical characteristic that ginger reflects. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young. The ginger rhizome has a firm, yet striated texture and a taste that is aromatic, pungent and hot underground rhizome of the ginger plant with a firm, striated texture. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young. The Ginger Family is rich in oils that kill both kill micro-critters and stimulate the immune system. The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form or as juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric. It is not only used for food to add spices and flavors but it is also use as medicinal tea because it makes our body a little bit stronger and a little bit better able to resist the damaging forces of nature.
Ginger is not only used as spices in our food but it is also used to maintain our healthy lifestyle.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER
- Ginger decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.
- The phenolic compounds in ginger are known to help relieve gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the GI tract.
- Chewing raw ginger or drinking ginger tea is a common home remedy for nausea during cancer treatment. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness can safely use ginger to relieve nausea and vomiting, often in the form of ginger lozenges or candies.
- Ginger has also been found to reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea, severe pain during a menstrual cycle.
- Ginger has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and treat inflammatory conditions.
- Ginger is very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness. In fact, in one study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness. Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.
- Ginger’s anti-vomiting action has been shown to be very useful in reducing the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, even the most severe form, hyperemesis gravidum, a condition which usually requires hospitalization.
- Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.
- Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.
- Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells. To investigate the latter, Dr Liu examined the effect of a whole ginger extract containing 5% gingerol on a number of different ovarian cancer cell lines.
- A pro-inflammatory state is thought to be an important contributing factor in the development of ovarian cancer. In the presence of ginger, a number of key indicators of inflammation (vascular endothelial growth factor, interleukin-8 and prostaglandin E2) were also decreased in the ovarian cancer cells.
- Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus.
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) has a calming and soothing flavor that helps to keep you alert and calm. It is commonly used to help an upset stomach, motion or travel sickness or general low-grade fevers. It is also excellent for nausea and for warming you up when you feel cold (it stimulates cold hands and feet), and is esteemed as a “heating herb”. In addition it reputed to help ward off colds or improve your recovery time. Tea is the most gentle and healthiness way of using ginger. Here are the ingredients and procedures how to make a home made ginger tea. It is easy to make, a healthy drink that’s great for your digestion. Here’s how to make the tastiest, most soothing and healing ginger tea you’ve ever had.
HOME MADE GINGER TEA FOR YOUR HEALTH
Homemade Ginger Tea. It’s easy to make and affordable.
- 4-6 thin slices raw ginger (the more the healthier)
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups water
- juice from 1/2 lime
- 1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
Preparation time is five minutes, cooking time is ten minutes, with a total time of fifteen minutes and yield 1-2 cups of ginger tea.
PROCEDURES IN MAKING GINGER TEA
- First, prepare all the materials and ingredients needed.
- Second, peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.
- Third, boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger. You really can’t over do it, so feel free to add as much ginger and simmer it for as long as you want;
- and last, remove from heat and add lime juice and honey to taste.
- You can now serve your healthy home made ginger tea on your love ones.
The secret in making a healthy flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger. The more ginger you use the healthier and the better and also to add a bit of lime juice and honey to your ginger tea. Here are the tips in making your Homemade Ginger Tea.
- one cup of tea, is equivalent to 3 teaspoons of ginger to one cup boiling water.
- Left over ginger tea can be store in a jug and put it in the refrigerator. It can be reheated or drunk as iced tea..
- If you want you can also grate ginger and wrap in plastic wrap, roll it up like a candy and store in freezer for later use, by breaking off what you need.
- A tisane is a form of medicinal preparation and provides therapeutic benefits. If you are using the tisane for medicinal purposes, remember that do not add sweeteners.
- If you want to increase the heat effect of the tea, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- You can use juices from any fruit if you want your tea to have a sweet taste.
You can easily make your own homemade ginger tea at home using fresh ginger. Enjoy your healthy homemade ginger tea.