Ginger tea for the prevention and treatment of colds
Ginger stimulates the immune system, has antibiotic properties and helps fight inflammation. It is also said to stimulate blood circulation. This makes ginger ideal for protecting our bodies from colds. But even if the flu infection has caught us, ginger tea can help. But there are a few things you can do wrong with the preparation! We have compiled the most important tips and information for you.
Use only fresh organic ginger
You can also use ginger powder to make ginger tea or use ready-made tea bags. Fresh ginger tea is said to work best.
You can recognize fresh ginger by the fact that the skin looks plump and smooth. The longer the ginger is stored, the more shriveled it becomes.
Be sure to buy organic ginger. This contains no or at least fewer pesticides, so you can use the bowl. Because important nutrients are also contained in the bowl and directly below it. With organic ginger, it is sufficient to wash it off thoroughly before preparing the tea.
The right preparation: quantity, water temperature, brewing time
For a large cup of tea, cut an approximately walnut-sized piece of ginger into thin slices or grate it small. It is important that you do not leave the cut ginger lying there, but only cut it before pouring it on. Otherwise it will lose important ingredients.
Put the crushed ginger in a cup and pour hot or boiling water over it. At what temperature the best result is achieved, that is where the spirits differ. In Ayurveda, the ginger is even boiled together with the water and then simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Whichever water temperature you choose, it is important that you let the tea steep for five to ten minutes. In this way, the essential oils of the ginger are sufficiently given to the tea.
Ginger tastes hot, which is helpful for colds because it stimulates blood circulation and makes the nose work. If you want your tea to be a little milder, just let it steep for five minutes. If you like it spicy, choose the longer brewing time up to a maximum of ten minutes.
Now you can pour the tea through a sieve and round it with lemon and / or honey as you like and enjoy your ginger tea.
There is still no final research into whether ginger can be overdosed and whether undesirable side effects can arise from consumption. Since ginger is supposed to promote blood circulation, caution is advised during pregnancy and in case of high blood pressure.
If in doubt, please discuss with your family doctor whether you can use ginger and how much. (kh)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig
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