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Ginger Infusion, An Excellent Natural Remedy:
The Ginger Rhizome: Super Food
Ginger is a quintessential super food, having nourished as much as it has healed for millennia. Its use dates back more than 5,000 years, in both traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda.
Ginger is used to maintain good health and ward off fatigue, since it is one of the foods richest in antioxidants, an excellent anti-inflammatory, and a good source of vitamins and trace elements.
This root is also a “natural medicine” to fight fever, colds and colds, as well as nausea and vomiting. It is a good ally against digestive problems, and a natural fat burner to help with weight loss.
How to consume ginger?
Ginger can be eaten fresh or dry, as a root or as a powder. It can easily be incorporated into the kitchen as a spice to give an Asian touch to your dishes. But some people will prefer to consume it in the form of a food supplement (capsules or ampoules).
If you like the spicy and hot notes of ginger, it would be a shame to deprive yourself of it! One of the best ways to consume ginger is as an herbal tea.
Ginger is not cultivated (or very rarely) in our latitudes. The one on our shelves usually comes from China or India, the world's largest producers of ginger. It is best to buy organic ginger to avoid pesticide residues that are bad for our health.
Ginger, A Remedy Known For Centuries:
Traditional Chinese doctors prescribed ginger in the form of herbal tea or chewable to treat fever, colds, stop coughs and cure food poisoning. In the West, ginger has also been known for its medicinal properties for centuries. In the 12th century, the famous naturopath Hildegarde de Bingen already indicated: “if you are dry and already weakened, reduce some ginger to powder and take it in a drink. This will improve his condition”.
Also in Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is one of the basic spices for the preparation of herbal teas. It is one of the main ingredients of the famous masala spice blend in India.
While ginger juice is ideal for hot weather because it refreshes as much as it energizes, ginger infusion is perfect for the cold. It warms the internal temperature of the body.
How to Prepare Ginger Infusion?
Fresh or Dry Ginger for An Infusion
You can prepare a ginger infusion with the fresh root (or rhizome) or with powdered ginger. Here's how to do it.
If you use fresh ginger root, for a liter of herbal tea or use about 2 inches of root, grate or chop finely. To get the maximum benefit from the plant, it is ideal to make a decoction of ginger rather than an infusion, which is more suitable for root crops.
So we heat a liter of water in a saucepan, throw in the grated ginger and continue to heat over low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let infuse (and cool) for 15 minutes.
You can also use powdered ginger to make an herbal tea, with 2 teaspoons of powder per liter of water. In cases, filter before consuming hot, warm or cold. The powdered ginger tea will be less spicy than the fresh ginger tea. In short, everything depends on his tastes and preferences, but also on his state of health.
When and How Do You Take Ginger Tea?
Ginger tea can be consumed at any time of the day. However, you should not consume more than 4 cups per day to avoid unwanted side effects. Indeed, consuming too much ginger can lead to digestive problems (heartburn, mild diarrhea).
We also avoid drinking ginger tea in the evening because of its anti-fatigue effect which can cause mild insomnia.
In case of sudden fatigue and a drop in general diet, ginger infusion is ideal. The "warming" effect of ginger and its anti-fatigue action, as well as its effectiveness on blood circulation, have earned ginger a reputation as an aphrodisiac. While no scientific study has confirmed this effectiveness, it may still be worth a try with low libido.
Ginger infusion is also recommended for nausea and vomiting, whether due to motion sickness, pregnancy or post-operative condition. In these cases, we prefer to consume ginger tea in small quantities to avoid regurgitation, several times during the day or at the first signs of nausea.
In case of digestion problems and for people who want to lose weight, ginger is a good ally. In this case, we drink a large cup of herbal tea before each meal. The infusion will not only help digest better, but also regulate appetite and eliminate fat. Indeed, the high manganese content of ginger makes it a good fat burner because it helps the body to synthesize lipids and carbohydrates.
Finally, the ginger infusion is effective against all the ailments of winter: small sore throat and flu, fever, cold, sore throat… Consume the infusion at the first symptoms (runny nose, cough…) and this during two weeks maximum.
Enhance Your Ginger Tea:
To maximize the ginger effect or for fun, you can add honey and lemon after the root has steeped. They not only help to soften the spiciness of ginger but also have recognized antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
You can also buy in the store or make yourself energizing herbal teas made from ginger, for example by adding turmeric or cinnamon. You can take inspiration from Ayurvedic recipes to make your ginger herbal teas at home with fresh spices: try for example the mixture of spices from the famous Indian masala chai, with ginger, cardamom, star anise, pepper, cinnamon and cloves. This is delicious.