Ginger has many medicinal properties and has long been used in Ayurveda and other traditional medicinal systems for improving digestion, reducing intestinal gas and alleviate nausea and vomiting (including morning sickness) and reducing the pain during menstrual cramps. Ginger is also used in Ayurveda to reduce phlegm and coughs, colds and breathing difficulties. Research has also shown it has anti-inflammatory properties also reduces inflammation and makes it a great pain reliever for athletes and arthritis.
In our house, we switch to ginger tea (adrak chai) the moment it starts to get cold (which is usually in autumn) and switch to cardamom tea in summers.
Ingredients For Adrak Chai or Ginger Tea Latte: Serves 4
- Milk: 2 cups
- Water: 2 cups
- Tea leaves: 4 teaspoons ( we use orange pekoe)
- Ginger: 1 ” piece
- Sugar/Stevia: to taste
- In a saucepan, heat the milk and water and add the tea leaves.
- Grate the ginger (you could also crush them and add) and add it to the saucepan.
- Let the tea boil for 8-10 mins on low heat.
- Switch off, strain the brewed tea and add sugar/stevia.
Note: We like our tea with a lot of milk, but you can reduce it or even just have black tea with ginger. You could also add cardamom or other spices like pepper,cinnamon. We prefer our tea with just one spice at a time 🙂
Fresh ginger contains greater levels of gingerol and other anti-inflammatory compounds.
Storing Tip: You can store fresh ginger in the freezer and grate it while frozen directly into your saucepan.
Another great recipe for keeping coughs and colds away is Turmeric Milk/ Turmeric Latte or Haldi Doodh. Here’s the recipe : How to make Turmeric Latte/Golden Milk