Originally grown in the Southeast Asian regions, ginger spice has garnered much popularity across the world as one that can enrich the flavour of any cuisine. As a plant that grows easily in hot and humid climates, today it is widely accessible across most Asian countries and used in various ways.
What is Ginger Tea?
Ginger tea as the name suggests is made from the freshly grated root of the ginger plant. This rich and flavourful tea serves as much more than a refreshing beverage. Ginger tea is constantly praised for an abundance of health benefits some of which is listed below:
Benefits of Drinking Ginger Tea
Soothes the digestive system
Ginger is commended for its soothing powers on the digestive system. From easing nausea to aiding digestion, it's been used as a form of medication across ancient cultures specially to ease morning sickness during pregnancy as well as to provide relief from motion sickness.
Due to its muscle relaxing properties, ginger tea is useful for those that suffer from acid reflux, indigestion and stomach discomfort.
Boosts the immune system
Ginger is considered to be one of the best immune-boosting herbs presently available. Along with decongestant properties that allow you to recover from a cold pretty quickly, ginger can also reduce inflammation. Additionally, gingerol, the active ingredient naturally found in ginger is used to treat a sore throat as well as provide relief from the cough.
- Rich in antioxidants
The ginger spice is known to be high in antioxidants and as such is considered a useful ingredient due to its preventative effects against diseases such as pancreatic and colon cancer as well as tumours.
Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
The phytonutrients contained in ginger, identified as gingerols, are known to produce antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This anti-inflammatory tea when consumed regularly can help support and maintain a healthy microbiome.
The benefits of ginger do not stop there. It can be said that ginger consumed on a daily basis can help maintain blood pressure for those experiencing high blood pressure. It is also believed that ginger contains pain-relieving properties and is hence recommended for those suffering from migraines and headaches as both preventative and treatment mechanisms for their illnesses.
How to Make Ginger Tea at Home
There are a handful of ginger tea recipes out there that are pretty easy to make. Whether you want to make a hot cup of tea to follow your hearty meal, or a nice glass of ginger iced tea to quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day, there are ample ginger tea recipes to pick from.
Try this Dilmah Natural Ceylon Ginger Tea Recipe to make the perfect cup of refreshing ginger tea.
- 2g of Dilmah Natural Ceylon Ginger Tea
- 220ml spring water at 100°C
- Place the tea leaves in a pot with an extra 2g of tea for the pot.
- Pour the freshly boiled water directly onto the tea leaves.
- Stir well and leave to steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on the preference of strength of the tea.
- Stir once more and strain into a cup.
You can also spruce up your humble cup of ginger tea by adding a couple of lemon slices or lemon juice to your ginger concoction to create lemon ginger tea giving you a fantastic and refreshing immune booster.
If you simply love the taste of this warming spice and would like to explore its different variations, you should try Dilmah’s flavoured tea range as well. Our Ginger & Honey Flavoured Tea is a black tea infused with the flavour and goodness of ginger and combined with the sweetness of honey. This tea is perfect as an iced tea or as a lemon ginger tea.