Infusion of ginger

Infusion of ginger

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Infusion of ginger

The infusion of ginger, widely used in traditional oriental medicine, is an effective remedy for treating the body in a natural and healthy way. This is why this type of preparation is among the most well-known in the field of phytotherapy, that is to say the therapeutic practice that uses plants or parts of them for the research of the well-being of mind and body and for the treatment of minor illnesses and diseases.
Ginger is a herbaceous plant of the Zingiberaceae family, native to the Far East but now widespread also in the West, and a very used spice, especially in the East, also in the kitchen to enrich dishes of any kind thanks to its intense flavor and just spicy.
From the phytotherapeutic point of view the most important part of the plant is constituted by the root, which can be used both fresh and dried: it is here in fact that the active principles of ginger are enclosed and it is this part that must be used to make infusions, decoctions and herbal teas with miraculous properties. In the ginger root the essential oil of ginger is concentrated which is very rich in gingerol, zingiberene and shogaol, all medicinal substances whose beneficial properties have been known since ancient times.

The properties of ginger

The most well-known beneficial effects of ginger are those on the digestive system: an infusion of ginger, therefore, is able to favor difficult digestion, help overcome the sense of nausea and vomiting (whether caused by car sickness or sea that from pregnancy), is an excellent anti-inflammatory and also actively intervenes in the process of creation of intestinal bacterial flora. Always for the digestive system, this medicinal plant fights very common ailments such as flatulence, stomach bloating and meteorism.
Among the other properties of ginger is that of stimulating sweating and therefore the elimination of toxins, while recent studies also attribute important anti-cancer functions to this plant.
Finally, ginger is particularly effective for heating the body, so an infusion based on this herb proves to be an excellent system in the autumn and winter months to combat the cold.

How to prepare an infusion of ginger

The simplest way to prepare an infusion of ginger at home is to get ginger powder, a substance obtained from the root of this plant. Then, after bringing water to a boil, pour the ginger powder into it: the proportions are a teaspoon of ginger per cup of water. The infusion should be left on for about five minutes and then filtered with a fine-textured sieve to avoid the presence of solid residues.
The ginger infusion is excellent to drink hot, even several times a day.
Another way to use the ginger root is to scrape a small piece with a knife and leave it to infuse in boiling water for about ten minutes: then proceed to drink the infusion as it is, always after having filtered it, or you can enrich with other ingredients.
Last solution is to use an infusion already ready: on the market there are several, made both of ginger only and with the addition of other spices. They are very similar to tea bags, therefore very practical to use even outside the home or on the road.

Some recipes

Ginger can be used effectively together with other ingredients to create beverages with high beneficial effects and also very pleasant to consume.
First of all, to make this infusion sweeten, it is good practice to use honey which also has a calming and soothing action and is therefore more suitable than sugar.
Among the most interesting recipes there is the one that has very efficient effects against car sickness, the cold and the symptoms of the flu: in 500 ml of water, 2 tablespoons of ginger must be mixed, the juice of half a lemon, a pinch of cinnamon, two cardamom berries and five cloves. The whole must boil for about ten minutes and then be filtered before being consumed with the addition of a teaspoon of honey.
Another recipe, with warming powers this time, is the one that combines ginger with chilli: after bringing 250 ml of water to the boil, add a spoonful of ginger powder and a very small piece of pepper, leaving it to infuse for about 10 minutes. After having filtered everything, remembering in particular to eliminate the piece of chilli, the infusion can be drunk with the addition of the classic teaspoon of honey.

Side effects

This healing plant can be used without any problem by everyone, even by pregnant women. Like all foods, however, it is good to take into account allergies and intolerances and in this case do not use ginger with particular frequency.
Furthermore, ginger is not recommended for those who suffer from gallstones since among the various properties of this plant there is that of stimulating the action of the gall bladder.

Dried ginger

Ginger can be purchased fresh or dried. Don't think though that they are the same thing. First of all the degree of spiciness is different, in the fresh root it is soft and warm while in the dried one it is decidedly warm. According to the Chinese pharmacopoeia, then, both must be used for the treatment of various diseases. Dried ginger is used to "heat the body from the inside" and therefore to treat energy imbalances caused by "inner cold", such as those to the digestive or respiratory systems. Obviously it also has contraindications. Its consumption is not recommended in periods such as pregnancy. Dried ginger is readily available on the market and is used as an aroma for the preparation of many desserts and some drinks, such as ginger ale.