Ginger tea – tasty all year round. But when is it particularly handy? Right now! Not only great for your digestive health, ginger tea can also be used to relieve the symptoms of a nasty cold or simply as a classic winter warming drink. Ginger tea is the iconic go-to for its spicy autumnal taste and can be combined with a little helping of honey to sweeten it up. It can even be combined with green tea for a metabolism boost! Read on for our Top 5 Reasons to Drink Ginger Tea This Winter!
1. Relieves Sore Throats
Due to its anti-inflammatory qualities, the ginger root in ginger tea can specifically target the pain, inflammation and itchiness experienced in the case of a sore throat, thereby soothing it.
2. Preventive Against Colds & Flu
Chinese and Asian cultures have been using ginger in tea and recipes for well over 2,500 years because of its yang (dynamic) energy content – which has been known to thin out any mucus in the lungs and airways, reducing congestion.
3. Antiviral Qualities
The root of ginger is often said to have within it up to twelve different antiviral and antibacterial substances and properties. Because of these qualities, ginger is relied upon by many to minimise the duration and severity of the common cold.
4. Battles Nausea
In many Asian countries, ginger is the go-to in the case of stomach pain, travel sickness, nausea and diarrhea. Some studies suggest that ginger doesn’t help scientifically with motion sickness, but is helpful for reducing queasiness and preventing vomiting.
5. ‘Farewell’ to Flatulence
Ginger root can have a carminative effect, reducing intestinal gas, meaning it is expelled orally opposed to rectally. At this time of year, after large Christmas dinners, it can be even more of a blessing!
So there we go – Ginger isn’t just an ex-Spice Girl – but a complex, tasty and extremely useful tea and foodstuff. Whether it’s those nasty winter colds or a vomiting bug – ginger is a natural answer to minimizing your symptoms – and comes with added psychological wellbeing and cosiness as standard. Get a headstart on the most wonderful time of the year and fortify yourself in advance with ginger tea! Which spices do you swear by to keep winter colds and flu at bay? Let us know below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. (Secret tea addict? Don’t worry, we know all about it, check out our other tea articles to help you Keep YOUR Fit ON!)