As a child I used to hate the taste of ginger. I still remember during my kindergarten days, they would serve chicken porridge with big chunks of chicken. Hidden sneakily in those meaty chunks would be bits of ginger. How I dreaded the taste of biting into the spicy, pungent yellow pieces. As I outgrew my picky eating phase, I started to develop an affinity for the unique smell and tang of this knobby root, so much so that today I cannot appreciate a chicken soup if it doesn’t have any ginger in it!
So today we highlight the question, “What are the benefits of ginger?” Understanding ginger’s benefits for us will prove to be a wholesome exploit into understanding our body, mind and soul.
Within the annals of history, ginger has been known since ancient times to be an alternative medicine that aids digestion, reduce nausea and combat flu.
Although usually consumed fresh or in cooking, ginger can also be dried, powdered, and even turned into an oil or juice. Ginger is also often added to processed food for an even more nourishing flavor, making it one of the most used ingredients in cooking recipes.
But what’s the best way to consume ginger? Frankly, it’s a cup of tea. Here’s how:
- Scrub ginger clean of any dirt. Rinse thoroughly as you will not be peeling off its skin. You’ll need one inch of ginger, thinly sliced for every cup of tea.
- In a pot, mix the freshly cut ginger and plain water and bring to a boil.
- When boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Switch off the heat and pour the liquid through a strainer as you won’t be needing the ginger pieces.
- If desired, serve tea with sliced lemon or orange for some complementary acidity. A light drizzle of honey or maple syrup will also temper the fiery ginger flavor.
- Serve hot and enjoy the uplifting ginger tea!