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Ginger tea – health in a cup

Ginger is known for its many medicinal qualities. Sipping on a cup of hot ginger tea can provide immediate relief from a number of conditions. To make a good ginger tea, all you need is fresh ginger and boiling water. Ginger is loaded with loads of vitamins and minerals including magnesium and amino acids which aid blood flow and decrease the chances of cardiovascular diseases.

Try ginger tea for the following conditions:

Nausea: Drink a cup before travelling and it will help prevent nausea, vomiting and headaches related to motion sickness. It also helps get rid of jet lag after a long trip.

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Digestion: Ginger tea will help improve digestion and increases the absorption of food. It also helps to ease bloating.

Stress: Ginger tea can help in lowering stress and tension. Drinking it will keep you refreshed throughout the day.

Menstrual pain: Drinking ginger tea will help relieve the pain and relax muscles. You can add little honey, peppermint or lemon for a near-perfect soothing effect.

Colds:  If you regularly catch colds and suffer from coughs and runny nose, then drinking a cup of ginger tea should be part of your routine. Ginter tea iparts warmth to the body and leaves your feeling refreshed.

Make your own Ginger Tea
Serves: 1
1-2 tsp freshly  grated ginger
2 cups filtered water
1 Tbsp. raw honey or pure maple syrup
½ lemon, juiced

Optional
1 cinnamon stick
Chamomile flowers
Turmeric
Fresh mint leaves

Directions
Peel the ginger root with a peeler or with the back of a spoon.
Grate the ginger with a grater/zester. If you slice it, slice it thin and use more.
Infuse the ginger; if you add cinnamon, mint, chamomile or cayenne, add it here.
If you are using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add ginger and turn off heat. Put the lid on it and let it steep for 10 minutes.
If you are using a teapot, add ginger in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
If you want a cold tea, let your tea cool down, store it in the fridge and add ice cubes before serving.

Dandelion Tea:
Dandelion tea acts as a natural diuretic, lowers blood pressure and contains insulin and levulin. It helps reduce blood sugar and choline and stimulates the liver. It is rich in vitamins C, K, B2 and A.

To make dandelion flower tea you need the following:
8 dandelion flowers
Honey to taste
350ml boiling water

Method:
Pour boiling water over flowers. Allow to steep for five minutes. Using a tea strainer, strain away the flowers and add the desired amount of honey to the flower infused water.

Dandelion and lime tea
12 to 15 dandelion flowers
900ml cold water
250ml hot water
Juice of three to four limes
10 – 15ml sweetener.

Method:
Rinse flowers with cold water. Mix the sweetener and warm water. Add lime juice and cold water. Stir welll. Add dandelion flowers and allow the mixture to refrigerate for at least three hours.
Strain out the flowers and enjoy.

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