Effective remedy for colds: This is how ginger tea works more effectively
If you catch a cold in the cold season, hardly anything works as well as a hot ginger tea. Small mistakes are often made when preparing the drink. We explain what to look out for so that the popular home remedy for cold symptoms works even better.
Natural remedy for cold symptoms
A runny nose, sore throat and headache: You can catch a cold quickly in the cold autumn and winter months. For adults, two to four flu infections a year are completely normal anyway. You don't necessarily have to resort to medication. There are also enough effective home remedies to treat colds. One of them is ginger tea. When preparing it, however, you should avoid some common mistakes.
In Germany, ginger is primarily known as an ingredient for pumpkin soup, as a component of various Thai curries, in the inlaid version for sushi, and in tea or smoothie.
The root with the fruity-spicy note is not only very tasty, but also extremely healthy. In Asia, the "miracle bulb" has been used to treat numerous diseases for thousands of years.
Ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect. In addition, the essential oils and spicy substances contained strengthen the immune system and warm from the inside.
Avoid common mistakes
The tuber can also help if you have caught an infection. Ginger tea is a popular home remedy for colds. However, mistakes are often made during preparation.
According to health experts, the ginger tuber should be cut into thin slices just before boiling. Otherwise valuable ingredients will be lost.
This is also the reason why ginger should not be peeled. After all, the whole tuber is healthy, including the skin.
The infusion temperature - unlike, for example, green or black tea - should be boiling. The boiling water can therefore be poured directly into the cup or jug. After five minutes of brewing, the tea is perfect.
Then you can remove the ginger pieces and season to taste with lemon and honey.
Experts recommend the organic version because it is less contaminated with chemicals.
Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic
But ginger is not just the right thing for sniffing noses. The tuber has an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. This is partly scientifically proven.
For example, US scientists from the University of Georgia have found that the tuber is effective against muscle pain after excessive exercise.
In addition, researchers from the University of Miami were able to demonstrate a pain-relieving effect in osteoarthritis in a study.
It was shown that knee pain could be reduced in six weeks of treatment with ginger extracts in a large number of patients.
Hildegard von Bingen and Paracelsus already knew and used it in gastrointestinal complaints in medieval Europe.
Modern studies confirm this application, as well as its effectiveness in the travel sickness associated with nausea and vomiting as well as dizziness.
Not all tolerate the sharpness
In natural medicine, ginger has also been used for a long time against high blood lipid levels.
The tuber is also popular as a home remedy for a feeling of fullness. It works for digestive problems, diarrhea, loss of appetite and numerous other complaints.
Furthermore, ginger is rich in vitamins and minerals and can help you lose weight.
However, people with a sensitive stomach could have problems with larger amounts, not everyone can tolerate the sharpness. Affected people should ask their doctor for advice if necessary. (ad)