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Health Benefits of Ginger + Tummy Tamer Ginger Tea

October 5, 2013

I adore ginger. I discovered this wonderful root about a year – yes, I had heard of it but didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until a year ago that I discovered the amazing vitality of this southeast Asian plant – I never knew that this vibrant yellow root could hold so many powerful benefits.

Health Benefits of Ginger + Tummy Tamer Ginger Tea

The root is spicy, and packs a powerful punch of flavor. It is so versatile – lending itself to flavoring many dishes to making a robust yet light and soothing tea. It is not only used as a spice, but also as a medicine. It can be found in many forms: such as dried, powered, fresh, juiced, or in oil form.

Some of Ginger’s Many Benefits

  • Ginger combats inflammation, which is why it is a great supplement for those suffering from chronic illnesses that are associated with chronic inflammation (such as arthritis, diverticulosis, and heart disease).

    “Ginger is particularly useful in treating chronic inflammation because it partially inhibits two important enzymes that play a role in inflammation gone awry — cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (LOX)…Ginger also treats a broader range of the inflammatory problem because it affects both the COX and the LOX enzymes. And because it doesn’t shut down the inflammatory process entirely, ginger may actually allow it to work properly and then turn itself off, the way it does with an injury.” (source)

  • Ginger helps heal the gut, and protects it too.
  • Ginger relieves nausea, dizziness, bloating, and upset stomach.

    “Ginger has also has a long history of use as an antinausea herb recommended for morning sickness, motion sickness, and nausea that accompanies gastroenteritis (more commonly called stomach flu). As a stomach-calming agent, ginger also reduces gas, bloating, and indigestion, and aids in the body’s use and absorption of other nutrients and medicines. It is also a valuable deterrent to intestinal worms, particularly roundworms.” (source)

  • Ginger can reduce pain and stiffness.
  • Ginger is considered a “warming herb” – which increases circulation and can help raise your body temperature.
  • Ginger can destroy viruses and can be used to heal burns.

    “Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.” (source)

Besides all the amazing benefits of such an interesting little root, we can also make a super easy homemade Ginger Tea.

Tea Variations

This tea is incredible on it own – but mix with some fresh squeezed Orange, Lemon, or Lime juice for a quick hit of flavor. Citrus fruits are great for detoxing the body and are packed with vitamin C; they are also great for digestion and for fighting off colds and the flu.

Mix in some local raw honey for a hint of sweetness while also soothing coughs. Honey is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, and also helps with digestion.

You can also add some minced peppermint leaves to the grated ginger mixture as mentioned below to soothe and calm headaches and digestive issues – a simple and wonderful way to alleviate some discomfort. Plus, it just tastes delicious!

Tummy Tamer Ginger Tea

Tummy Tamer Ginger Tea

The Fundamentals

1″ knob of organic fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
hot water

The How

1. Place your grated ginger in a tea infuser (like this one).

2. Pour hot water over the top of the infuser, allow the grated ginger to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea infuser.

3. Drink up!

Sources: Discovery Heath: Medical Uses for Ginger, Discovery Health: Ginger – Herbal Remedy, WebMD: Ginger.
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  • Reply Janina October 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    you are so funny 😉 and kind
    i love ginger tea!

    • Reply Katie October 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Next weekend – we must hang out! Annual Pumpkin Carving?! :)

      Talk to you soon!

  • Reply Deborah Davis October 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Katie,
    What a great post! I too am a big fan of ginger. I have a nice big piece of organic ginger just waiting for me to use in your tummy tamer ginger tea. I use ginger as a very effective cold and flu symptom reliever. Plus I love the taste! Glad I found your post on “Thank Goodness It’s Monday”.

  • Reply Dawn @ Peeling Back the Onion Layers October 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I love ginger! Both for the flavor and the healing properties! I would love it if you would link up with us at Healing With Food Friday!

  • Reply Tricia Kauffman October 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I planted an organic ginger root and now I have my own ginger plant!

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