Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Ginger is used in traditional and Western healing systems to make tea because it has powerful health benefits. In the East, ginger is used in Chinese medicine to raise the Yang, or hot energy. Also, in India, Ayurveda denotes ginger as a universal medicine. For example, ginger tea is known to relieve nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.

Ginger is a plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric. The plant grows in hot humid climates; India and China are the world’s top producers. Most relevant, you can consume the rhizome or root of the plant raw, powdered, dried, juiced or in oil form. The root is full of nutrients and bio-active compounds that have powerful health benefits. Also, it is high in a substance called gingerol, which is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant.

Ginger Tea


Some of the health benefits attributed to ginger tea are:

  • effective in treating nausea such as sea sickness, motion sickness, morning sickness, post surgery nausea and chemotherapy related nausea.
  • lowers blood sugars and reduces the risk of hearth disease because it manages glucose levels and improves circulation
  • helps indigestion and digestion discomfort related problems such as stomach pain and irritable bowl syndrome
  • reduces menstrual discomfort
  • improves food digestion and increases the production of gastric juices
  • relieves stress, helps the body absorb nutrients, stimulates appetite and aids with weight loss
  • helps fight cancer
  • improves brain function and protects against Alzheimer’s disease
  • lowers cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels)
  • reduces risk of infection by inhibiting bacterial growth


How to Make Ginger Tea

Finely chop unpeeled a piece of ginger about 2 inches long and place in a pot with 2.5 litres of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle to the bottom of a thermos or tea pot.

Sip hot ginger tea throughout the day in cold weather, or drink a cup of cold tea before meals in warmer weather.


Ginger Tea and Ayurveda

Ginger treats Vata imbalances such as digestive problems. It improves digestion, absorption and elimination.

Because it intensifies the digestive fire, which is known as Agni, the root helps Kapha stimulate slow digestion and dull taste buds.

Avoid drinking large amounts if your Pitta is out of balance, because the tea can slightly increase Pitta.


The information in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.


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