How good is your ginger tea depends upon how well you prepared it. There can be different variations of the same tea, but every cup is unique. You can prepare either a strong or a mild decoction to suit your different moods just like an artist paints on a canvas. If you know the basic steps you can add variations whenever you need it.
Choose the best quality ginger
The first step is choosing a plumb and fresh piece of ginger root. Dried up or wrinkled ones should be avoided if you want to have all the herbal benefits. This root is generally available round the year, but some people store it in dried form as a precautionary measure. A dried and shriveled root contains almost all the herbal properties, but not all the vitamins present in a fresh and well-formed ginger root.
A freshly harvested piece of root is rich in aroma and taste, so while buying your ginger take extra care. There is another variety of ginger which smells just like mango. This root can give you a very subtle taste of mango with gingery flavor.
The next step is your servings. How much ginger to use per serving?
The recommended daily intake of ginger
When you are on an herbal tea diet it is important that you exercise caution. Too much of any food or drink, even if it’s very good in normal quantity intake, can cause problems. So when dealing with ginger you must be cautious because too much of it may cause problem. As per the Food and Drug Administration the upper limit of consumption of ginger each 2 g per every kilogram of body weight per day. For example, you should never consume more than 100 grams of ginger per day if your weight is 50 kg. Remember, this is upper limit. You should consume way less than this to reap the real benefits of ginger tea.
Slice the ginger and crush it
After you have chosen the correct quantity as per the number of servings, you have to wash the root well to remove all soil and dirt. This is a very important step. If not cleaned properly the tea may give an earthy flavor. Some people prefer to remove the outer crust which resembles a scale. If you want to get the pure aroma of ginger you must remove it too. Then make thin slices and after that crush them while in a mortar and pastel. The crushing facilitates optimum extraction of the juice while boiling.
The boiling time depends on the quantity of ginger and the amount of heat and water you use. Ensure that you maintain the boiling for at least 3 to 5 minutes and then cool off a bit for a minute or two. Then strain it with a wide strainer into preferably in glass jug. You can use your favorite sweetener or else honey. Honey has a subtle and fine aroma in addition to its sweetness.
Who should stay away from ginger tea
As mentioned somewhere in this article, ginger is a very strong herb which excites body metabolism. It warms up the body, increases blood flow, and boosts up energy levels. So, people belonging to the following categories should exercise caution while taking ginger tea.
Mothers, either during pregnancy or while suckling, should avoid ginger tea. Some women prefer a cup to counter morning sickness. If at all they cannot stay without it, they must ensure that the tea is very mild with very little ginger used and boiled for less than a minute. During lactation the constituents of ginger may be toxic to a new born, so better to avoid it.
People with hypertension or blood orientated diseases should not use this tea. The effect of this herb retards blood coagulation. So, hemophiliacs and people who take blood thinners should surly stay away from it. This may cause insomnia in people with hypertension or it may aggravate the condition in people those are already suffering from insomnia. People with digestive disorders, particularly related to liver and gallbladder should not take this tea without consulting your doctor. Ginger stimulates bile secretion, so people with gallbladder stones are not permitted to have it.
Note: The side-effects of ginger may include digestive disorders, insomnia, and interference with your regular medication.