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Ginger Tea: Natural Remedy for Common cold

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Having a bad cold that is threatening to ruin your day? Are the drugs(chemicals) becoming too much in your system that you plan on resorting to a more natural remedy? Well, join me as we take a ride into the world of ginger tea.

Brief history

Ginger tea has been around for a long time, and is still regarded as a herbal beverage in most of Asia. It’s origin is quite unknown, yet according to an article posted by Utasan Malaysian in 2010, historically ginger tea was used as herbal medicine in South Asia, East Asia, South East Asia and India. Currently, ginger is being grown in most parts of the world including Africa, Europe and America, and its use as spice in household meals has seen tremendous rise for decades now.

Health benefits

The therapeutic benefits of ginger tea have not been limited to alleviating common cold and cough(http://www.medicinehunter.com). In a research article by Lakeland Ledgers, it also aids in digestion, stomach upset, diarrhoea and nausea. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, ginger tea also improves blood circulation, acting mainly as a blood thinner. Reportedly due to the presence of natural anti-inflammatory agents(gingerols and salicylates), ginger is able to exhibit numerous health benefits with just one consumption(http://www.livestrong.com).

Ginger Tea Recipe

Ingredients

  • Ginger
  • Lemon(recommended)
  • Honey(recommended)

Procedure

  • Peel ginger and cut into smaller pieces(this improves availability of active ingredients)
  • Cut lemon and squeeze out juice into same glass as honey. Stir to mix
  • Heat water until it boils and add to peeled ginger pieces in a glass or cup. Wait for about 3mins.

(Now, the steam from the ginger preparation should be inhaled deeply, in bits. This is also a proven remedy for blocked nose and clears throat)

  • After 8-10mins, add the honey-lemon combo to the ginger. Stir to mix.
  • Drink the mixture while hot (You’re advised to sip in bits to avoid burning your mouth).

The lemon serves as a source of Vitamin C, which helps to boost immunity against common cold. Honey provides soothing refreshment and also helps to clear the throat, while conferring other health benefits on the body.

Enjoy as beverage, anytime, anywhere.

Conclusion

Ginger, being readily available in our homes and markets do not only become beneficial in our cooked food as a herbal spice, but in its raw form can be our only hope for a bad cold remedy.

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