Ginger has been used medicinally in China and India for over 5000 years.
Ginger tea can do so much more than just cure a cold.
Why Is Ginger Used To Fight Colds?
Ginger fight infections caused by viruses and bacteria. It works particularly well against the viruses that cause influenza, colds and cold sores. It also boosts your immune system to help your body win the fight.
Ginger also treats symptoms associated to colds and the flu, such as sore muscles, headaches, stomach aches, nausea and diarrhea.
Other Ginger Benefits
Ginger can be taken in a dry, powdered form or eaten directly from the root. It’s full of vitamin C, magnesium, copper and manganese (1).
Ginger is known to (2)(3)(4):
- Kill parasites
- Heal osteoarthritis
- Ease menstrual pain
- Reduce risk of stroke
- Prevent morning sickness
- Manage side effects of chemotherapy
- Reduce joint and muscle pain
- Prevent stroke
- Fight asthma
How Ginger Can Protect Your Liver
It’s even effective in preventing liver cancer thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds (6).
Using Ginger To Cure Kidney Stones
Drinking ginger tea or ginger ale prevents kidney stones by keeping you hydrated (7). The more fluid your kidneys have access to, the more they can expel toxins through urine. In short, proper urine volume helps clear the kidneys of stone-causing minerals.
Ginger also contains citrate, which helps prevent the formation of stones. Add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice to your ginger tea to take advantage of these benefits.
All-In-One Ginger Tea Recipe
The perfect drink to bring all of these benefits together!
- Organic honey (to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon of coconut milk
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
- In a small saucepan, heat water to a boil.
- Add turmeric and ginger and let it simmer on medium heat for 7-10 minutes.
- Lower heat and add milk, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat just before it boils and add lemon juice.
- Strain tea into a cup and add honey.
- Enjoy once cool.
This tea is really quite delicious, but don’t drink it as dessert! Ginger is a stimulant, so it may make it harder for you to fall asleep. It can help with mental clarity, so drink it in the morning instead!