Ginger is an age-old spice that can help treat conditions specially related to sore throat, cold, and flu. In Asian households, ginger is a common spice added in food and even in beverages such as tea. Being a beneficial spice, it has been long-recognized for its therapeutic efficiencies.
Have A Bad Cough?
Mix two teaspoons of ginger with two drops of honey and see the cough leaving you instantly. Ginger is used with other essential and medicinal spices such as turmeric, garlic, or even cloves. So what makes ginger rule the medicinal approach?
Most medical spices or herbs contain active ingredients that provide them with therapeutic properties. Just like you have curcumin, an active component of turmeric that gives it its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, the active ingredient present in ginger is gingerol that is responsible for incorporating flavors, spice, and the health-related benefits attributed to ginger. It is the core component that helps your body fight inflammation and oxidation. Apart from cold and related problems, ginger reduces nausea, boosts the immune system, and maintains a healthy gut metabolism.
Let’s begin with the traditional beverage that has been long-standing as a medicinal beverage with various flavors. Ginger tea is a soothing beverage to light up your mornings or keep the evening blues at bay.
Ginger tea can be made plain or with milk. To make plain ginger tea, on a medium flame, add some water and let it boil. Crush some fresh pods of ginger and add them to the pot. Pour in some tea powder, dark or light, as you prefer. For milk tea, you will have to add extra tea powder to make it nice and strong.
To make iced tea, use the same steps to prepare plain tea, add some ice cubes, squash in lemon and a few mint leaves, mix the tea well, and gulp it down for a refreshing beverage. You can even add a few drops of ginger juice to your daily tea, especially the ginger root, to add a little extra spiciness to your drink.
If you want to consume organic and healthy juices, you can switch to ginger juice, which is 100% healthy. Therefore, it contains no sugars and will not add to the calories but rather will be a good detoxifying agent. Since ginger juice is not very palatable due to its aromatic flavors, you can incorporate other ingredients to make it consumable. To make ginger juice, you will need some lemons, warm water, and mint leaves. Mix all the above ingredients have a cup of ginger juice before you begin your day.
You can also use ginger for a refreshing drink or to make a mocktail. You can even add a few drops of ginger juice or crushed ginger to a mojito to add a little bit of spice to the refreshing drink. To make ginger lemonade, you will need some lemon juice, cold water, ice cubes, a few drops of ginger juice, and a sweetening agent of your choice. Some like to add little mint leaves or even pineapple juice to enhance the flavors. The market sold lemonade juices are also available, but they have high sugar content. If you do not focus on the juice’s sugars, you can add a few drops of ginger juice to these commercial lemonades to enhance their flavors.
Ginger Turmeric Milk
Turmeric is another beneficial spice that is versatile in its flavors and its approach. Therefore, it is a must to add spice, especially in the Indian household. You will be surprised to know that it is in most gravies and curries, marinated red meat and fish, and even sweet dishes. A cup of hot milk with turmeric is said to boost gut metabolism, which further boosts your immune system. Add a few drops of ginger juice to this golden milk to keep all the infections and allergies at bay.
Are you fond of homemade wines? Then it would be best if you got your hands-on on this technique of ginger wine which is a healthier version of bottled wine you find in the market. To make ginger wine at home, you will need some ceramic jars, 3 cups ginger, some raisins (a cup), 5 grams’ yeast, 2 cups lemon juice, sugar as per the sweetness, and optional flavors such as orange zest. Begin by sterilizing all your cooking tools, clean the ginger well and crush it. Add it to the ceramic jar along with the lemon juice. Add in sugar and the raisins. In a separate bowl, take around 150ml lukewarm water and add in the yeast. Fill the jar will around 4 liters of water and pour in the yeast solution, add the zest, and stir it with a wooden spoon every day for a week. Your ginger wine will be ready within 3 to 5 weeks.
The Final Note!
You can consume these amazing and refreshing ginger drinks throughout the year. Drink it cold to beat the summers, or drink it hot to withstand the winters. At the same time, you may have noticed that the common ingredients used along with ginger are lemons or mint. The liquid solution can be anything such as water, milk, or even soda and lemonade.