This spicy ginger tea recipe is perfect ice cold before lunch on a hot summer's day; it's equally good in the evening as a warm tonic to help you sleep.
Use your favourite black, green or Rooibos tea. The ginger reportedly comes with a host of benefits, but I drink it mainly because I just love the taste.
Not readily seen, so arrowed in red, I add a few seeds from a peppadew, a mild chili, for extra spice.
I confess, I started hunting for a recipe for a spicy ginger tea when I came to myself, and admitted that a quart of beer every evening was not doing me any good. But my constitution demands a lot of liquid, so what were the alternatives?
Ginger has been used for thousands of years for a variety of ailments which I won't comment on here, except that it is widely recommended for the nausea of pregnancy. Many scientific studies have been done, and it's concluded unlike some other herbs and spices to be perfectly safe to drink.
As usual, supplement companies would rather you took it in capsules at many times the cost to you, and profit to them. Disconcertingly, researchers found there was zero gingerol, the active ingredient, in some of the capsules.
Mostly we drink too little fluid, so this is an easy way to add a litre of water unspoiled with sugar, colouring and preservatives.
Earlier I used the ginger unpeeled, but I understand that much of it is sprayed with a herbicide to stop it from sprouting.
I only recommend raw honey and a small amount, especially if you are insulin resistant or diabetic; it will then give you an unnecessary spike in blood glucose.
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Lower down we comment on the proven liver protection given by ginger. Two common causes of cirrhosis are alcohol and the non alcoholic fatty liver disease caused not by a diet high in fat, but induced by the continuously raised blood glucose from over consumption of refined and simple carbohydrates.
Honey too, even in its raw form should only be taken in small amounts. Even though I'm a beekeeper, I limit it to a maximum of two teaspoons a day. In comparison, a litre of many soft drinks contains over 30 teaspoons of sugar.
Artificial sweeteners are even more damaging incidentally than sugar and cause insulin resistance.
Both freshly squeezed lemons and limes are rich in an important anti-oxidant called limonin.
Chili seeds are the best source of another phytochemical called capsaicin that acts as an anti-inflammatory.
These are not just the claims of a mad hatter; type for example "capsaicin research" into Google and you'll be astonished at the number of scientific papers in the literature.
Capsaicin health benefits would be a good start to your search.
Only use spring or rainwater; the chlorine would spoil your tea.
Spicy ginger tea recipe can be enjoyed as an icy cold refreshing drink, or as a warm tonic to improve your circulation.
Sip your tea slowly and as you enjoy the rich flavours you'll find yourself relaxing as you retreat from the hurly-burly of the day.
Ginger has a quite spicy, sweetish flavour even before the addition of any honey; our grandchildren have taken some time to get used to it, associating it with bite of a chili; it is indeed moderately peppery. The scent is quite divine.
There are many bioactive ingredients in raw ginger, the most important of which is thought to be a phenol called gingerol.
Elsewhere, we'll go into the various researched health benefits of our spicy ginger tea recipe, but I will here comment on just one of them, since I raised the subject of enjoying it instead of beer.
Researchers have found that ginger does indeed reduce the oxidative stress associated with ethanol induced liver toxicity; cirrhosis.
Those with non alcoholic fatty liver disease would also benefit from this spicy ginger tea recipe, but without the honey; they have to go on a very low carbohydrate diet, or die. Literally; it's the only known cure. Read more about the Banting diet.
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