The Medicinal Uses of Ginger Tea

Lately I have become addicted to fresh ginger root tea. Hot or iced, it makes no difference. I just can’t seem to get enough of this stuff.

It’s simple to make, tasty, refreshing, and filled with healthy benefits. Since I started drinking it, I seem to have cured a nagging, intermittent case of heart burn and indigestion. In fact, this was the main reason ginger tea came on to my radar in the first place, when I read that it was good to eliminate or control these issues.

I have also noticed a great improvement in head and chest congestion caused by allergens and irritants. My general sense of well being and energy levels have improved, and I just plain feel better more often than I have for quite some time.

So what does the research seem to say about ginger and it’s curative effects?

Fresh ginger root tea is a fast-acting remedy, because the body digests it quickly. This make it particularly good for conditions since as stomach upset or headaches which seem to have a sudden onset by providing relief of symptoms in a short time.

Ginger tea improves blood circulation. The chemical compounds in fresh ginger root seem to help lower low-density lipoproteins, which are the “bad” cholesterol components that cause lipid deposits in your arteries, restricting blood flow and placing strain on your heart muscle. Enhanced blood flow improves the delivery of vitamins, minerals and oxygen to your body’s cells, improving overall health and energy, as well as reducing blood pressure. It may also decrease your risk of cholesterol-related heart disease.

The use of ginger tea for nausea relief dates back to the times of ancient Chinese healers, who recommended it to sailors as a sea sickness preventative. The chemicals in fresh ginger tea seem to have the same effect on your stomach as over-the-counter motion sickness drugs. Ginger tea in at least some people seems t be particularly effective for treating nausea associated with chemotherapy treatments.

Ginger tea has antiviral properties, helping to destroy virus cells that cause common colds, influenza, cold sores and more. It may also help fight the spread of established viruses, speeding recovery from colds and flu.

The chemicals in fresh ginger tea may help shrink cancerous tumors, according to researchers, thus helping prevent the spread of cancer, and may increase the chances of cancer remission. However, scientific studies have only been conducted on animals, so the anti-cancer benefits of ginger tea for humans are unclear.

Fresh ginger tea helps to reduce inflammation of muscles and connective tissues. This may help ease pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, muscle strain, and other similar conditions. However, ginger tea cannot prevent the degradation of muscle and bone cells associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Fresh ginger tea increases movement of blood in the circulatory system. When the movement increases, it rises to the blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin, and, as a result, perspiration increases. When perspiration cools, it lowers the body’s temperature. Therefore, fresh ginger tea is a useful remedy for reducing fevers.

Fresh ginger tea can effectively relieve headaches. The herb’s active constituents, gomgerol and shogaol, are two components that are known to decrease inflammation, which results in headache pain relief. Additionally, ginger regulates circulation in the brain’s blood vessels, which also can reduce the intensity or duration of headaches.

Fresh ginger tea can be applied as a compress to treat muscle pain and arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties, which inhibits production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, the components in the body that cause inflammation. A ginger compress is one of the most effective topical herbal applications that has been tested.

Danish research has found that ginger may help to control or eliminate migraine headaches in some chronic sufferers by blocking the above mentioned prostaglandins. They are chemicals in the body that cause inflammation of blood vessels, and thus, cause pain. Migraines are generally caused by prostaglandin activity in the brain. 

Gingerols, one of the active ingredients found in ginger, prevent platelets from sticking together. These are partly responsible for blood clotting. It can thin the blood which in turn helps your circulation. Unlike aspirin, ginger tea has a calming effect on the stomach.

Interesting results were found when analysing the effects of ginger on ovarian cancer. Researchers discovered that ginger may have caused the death of ovarian cancer cells. 

In colon cancer, ginger may slow the growth of cancer cells.

Further studies are required to discover how ginger can benefit cancer patients.

Studies have also found that ginger is quite possibly a general immunity booster.

Finally, ginger has also been found to help prevent kidney damage in diabetics, though more research needs to be done to prove this beyond reasonable doubt.

So how do you make fresh ginger tea? Simple. For one serving, cut a two inch long piece of ginger from a fresh, whole root and peel it lightly. Either thinly slice the root, or, my favorite way, place pieces of the peeled root in a garlic press and squeeze. Place the ginger into a pan of boiling water holding about one and half cups of water, turn off the heat and allow to steep for ten minutes. Longer if you like a spicier ginger flavor. Strain the tea into a cup with a little honey and a lemon wedge and enjoy. Or poor the mixture over ice and have a refreshing glass of iced ginger tea.

Thank a Liberal

8 Historical Reasons to Show Liberals Love
If you work hard for a living, you can thank a liberal for:
* The 8-hour workday, overtime pay, and the federal minimum wage (Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938). Labor activists started calling for an 8-hour day in 1836; Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the above provisions into law for many workers more than a century later.

If you or someone you love serves in the military, you can thank a liberal for:
* The G.I. Bill of Rights, first enacted in 1944 under FDR, which provides funds for military veterans to receive education/training, started unemployment compensation for veterans, and facilitates loans for returning veterans to buy homes and start businesses.

If you are a member of an under-represented group often attacked by the (ever-fading) white male majority, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Civil Rights Act of 1964, enacted under Lyndon B. Johnson, which outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, including racial segregation and unfair voter registration requirements.

If you plan on getting old and/or sick some day, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Social Security Act, enacted for limited recipients in 1935 under FDR and expanded under Harry Truman and LBJ, which helps ensure that people who are too old or infirm to work can still access basic necessities.
* Medicare, which provides greatly subsidized health care to retirees. Medicare was signed into law in 1965 by LBJ as an amendment to the Social Security Act.

If you drink water, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Clean Water Act, first enacted under Truman in 1948 (the Federal Water Pollution Control Act) and expanded under Jimmy Carter in 1977. The 1977 amendments created a greater structure for regulating pollutants contaminating U.S. waters and gave the EPA authority to implement pollution control programs.

If you’ve ever had a baby or a sick family member and didn’t want to choose between caring for them or losing your job, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (signed into law under Bill Clinton), which allows employees who have worked for an employer for at least 1 year to take up to 12 weeks of leave for a family illness, birth or adoption within each 12 month period. Employers must apply accrued sick or vacation time to the worker’s family/medical leave and compensate workers for that time.

If you grew up in a rural area and enjoyed 20th century conveniences, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (FDR), which provided federal loans for the installation of electricity in rural areas of the U.S.

Yes, But “What Have You Done for Me Lately”

* 10 Reasons to Thank Obama

Is Obama the idealized leader many hoped he’d be? No. Has the Obama administration accomplished more in two years than most Presidents have in two terms? Yes. Here are just some of the strides Obama and liberals made from 2009-2010 before Republicans gained control of the House:

If you or someone you love plans to go to college (and you’re not rich), you can thank a liberal for:
* Student Loan Reform and Pell Grant Award Increases (part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010), which cut private lending companies out of government loans to save $61 billion in subsidies over the next decade, more than half of which goes to funding increases in Pell Grant awards (up to $5,550/year in 2011).

If you realize fossil fuels are ruining the environment, precipitating violent storms and bound to run out sometime this century and you support the development of sustainable, clean energy, you can thank a liberal for:
* Components of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (aka the Stimulus Bill) that made the largest investment in green technology in history. The bill introduced more than $70 billion for green activities, including a ten-fold increase over the Bush Administration in funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

If you have credit cards or loans and don’t enjoy getting ripped off, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Credit Card Holders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, which banned underhanded and predatory practices by credit card companies and provided new consumer protections, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (formed under the 2010 Wall Street Reform), which seeks solely to educate and protect consumers from unfair and predatory practices by financial institutions. Its goal is to make sure prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing deceptive or abusive is buried in fine print.

If you or someone you love might need comprehensive medical treatment without wanting to get screwed over, you can thank a liberal for:
* Health Care Reform (aka ObamaCare, aka Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010), which forbids health insurance companies from canceling coverage when a person gets sick, from refusing to cover preexisting conditions, and from imposing lifetime limits on medical care. The bill also established federal subsidies to decrease the price of health insurance (families of four earning up to $88,000 are eligible) and initiated federal oversight of premium hikes.

If you or someone you love is disabled or part of the LGBT community, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which extends federal protection to victims who were attacked because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. Shepard and Byrd were murdered in 1998, the bill was first introduced in 2001, and it finally passed in 2009.

If you or someone you love is homosexual‚ or if you just believe in the Fourteenth Amendment’s extension of equal protection under the law, you can thank a liberal for:
* Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military without having to hide who they are.

If a teacher has ever touched your life, you can thank a liberal for:
* The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010, which allocated $10 billion to avert public education layoffs (saving or creating 161,000 teacher jobs) and authorized $16.1 billion in Medicaid funding to help grant low-income people access to potentially life-saving services.

If you think American multi-national corporations should bear a bigger tax liability to help fund services for the people from whom they’re getting rich, you can thank a liberal for:
* Funding the above education/Medicaid bill by reducing tax loopholes for companies making profits overseas. The bill was supported by the National Education Association and several workers’ unions; it was opposed by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and the Chamber of Commerce. Only one House Republican voted in favor of this bill.

If you or someone you love has a child for whom they can’t afford to purchase insurance, you can thank a liberal for:
* Reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 2009, which expanded health coverage to 4 million more low-income American children and preserved coverage for 7 million children already enrolled.

If you or someone you love is dying or debilitated from a life-altering illness and you still want hope for a cure, you can thank a liberal for:
* The end of the Stem Cell Research Ban, for which Obama takes full credit. He used an executive order in March 2009 to end former President George W. Bush’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.