I have talked at length on this site about the benefits and advantages of lemongrass tea. Well, you can actually add more health benefits per cup by adding one more simple ingredient. The ingredient is ginger, lemongrass ginger tea is very good for you and can also be used to treat a range of ailments.
Ginger is the root of the herb Zingiber officinale, it has a fiery spicy taste that is used extensively in cooking, especially cuisine from the far east. It is closely related to cardamom and turmeric.
Making Lemongrass and Ginger Tea
To make lemongrass and ginger tea simply cut and peel one or two chunks of root ginger and brew them with your regular lemongrass tea recipe.
The ginger helps to add a more complex fiery flavor, making a refreshing change and something that people often like to drink when the weather is cold.
Benefits of Lemongrass and Ginger Tea
Ginger is a Stimulant ( it gives you a lift), Calminative (relaxes you), Rubefacient (increases blood circulation) and Diaphoretic (makes sweat).
Lemongrass and ginger tea has so many benefits. The ginger acts as a circularly stimulant, this is great for those who have poor circulation as it improves blood flow. The ancient ayurvedics of India used lemongrass and ginger tea to improve “the digestive fire”.
Because the circulatory system is stimulated by ginger, blood oxygen levels are improved and toxins and waste products from cellular activity reoved. This is especially good for people who live in cooler climates.
Lemongrass and ginger tea can be used to treat and relive the symptoms of;
Arthritis – An active ingredient of ginger is gingerol, this compound has anti inflammatory properties. These beneficial effects were scientifically proven in a 2001 study by Rheumatologist Professor Ray Altman.
Bad Breath – Chewing gum often does little to freshen bad breath. This is because the bad smell actually comes from the intestinal tract, not the mouth. Ginger contains compounds that when eaten or consumed in lemongrass and ginger tea, de-odorize the intestinal tract. This is why it is good to have a cup of lemongrass and ginger tea after meals.
Belching and Flatulance – The tea stimulates digestion, relieves trapped air and helps stimulate the muscles of the digestive tract. This means food spends less time in the intestines, meaning air is less likely to build up.
Dizziness, Morning Sickness and Motion Sickness – Tried and tested in its relief, ginger settles the stomach and can help to relieve headaches. Consuming ginger in lemongrass and ginger tea means that the dosage of ginger will be delivered quickly and efficiently.
Flu – Lemongrass and ginger tea can help fight flu in many ways, it helps relive nasal congestion, and improves blood flow which helps eliminate muscle aches and chills, helping to more effectively circulate immune cells. It can even help reduce the pain of a sore throat.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome – Believe is or not, ginger is a great substitute for chocolate, it’s effect is to give you a lift but without the crash that is associated with sugary caffeinated drinks.
So as you can see, lemongrass and ginger tea not only tastes great but has a lot properties that can be beneficial to your health.