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What’s in a cup of ginger tea? Know the benefits
IFP Bureau | First Published: January 6, 2020 21:52:54 pm
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Ginger tea is a popular drink in India and is commonly consumed across different states in the country. An ancient medicinal drink, ginger tea is beneficial for health in many ways owing to the several medicinal properties of ginger. Said to have originated from China, both ancient Indian and Chinese food practice use fresh ginger in tea as a health drink and in varieties of dishes. Today this spicy and aromatic health drink has become a new lifestyle drink and is found not only in roadside tea stall but also in popular tea bars and in menus of fancy restaurants.

Here are seven reasons health conscious people are taking to regular consumption of ginger tea. The benefits of ginger tea is proven by scientific research and studies.

Here are the benefits of drinking ginger tea as per its herbal properties and ancient Asian belief

  1. Ginger tea is considered rich in energy, carbohydrates, Vitamin C and minerals
  2. It helps to renew energy and works as a great stress buster
  3. It helps treat cough and cold, food indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome
  4. It helps increase gastric juice and stimulate appetite
  5. Fresh ginger helps prevent nausea and vomiting
  6. The antioxidant properties in ginger helps to fight cancer and other ailments
  7. Its anti-inflammatory effects eases menstrual pain and inflammation in the body and helps reduce migraine pain

How to make ginger tea. Here’s a recipe of seven steps to a perfect cup of ginger tea

  1. Pour a cup and half of water in a tea pot.
  2. Smash a small piece of fresh ginger and add it to the water in the tea pot
  3. Heat the ginger water and add a teaspoon of sugar or more to taste
  4. Bring the water to boil and add a teaspoon of tea leaves to it
  5. Add a small amount of milk to the boiling water if you want to have milk tea
  6. Bring the tea to a good boil and your tea is ready
  7. Strain and pour it on a cup

If you want to avoid milk in your tea, reduce the tea leaves to a pinch of it. To make it more flavourful, you may dip a stick of cinnamon to the red ginger tea or squeeze few drops of fresh lime to it or add a few twigs of mint leaves. If you want to avoid white sugar to the tea you may add honey to the tea to taste. And, if you want to have ice-cooled ginger tea, you can let the tea cool and chill it in the fridge or add ice-cubes to it.

Flavour it up or make it which way you like and enjoy your ginger tea.

More facts about ginger

Although ginger, a flowering plant, is commonly used and grown across the world, India remains one of the world’s largest producer of ginger. It grows well in a warm and humid environment. You can grow your own ginger garden or plant in a pot. Apart from the tuber roots, its leaves can also be used to flavour up a dish.

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