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I'm sure many of you enjoy the occasional ginger nut biscuit or gingerbread man, but have you ever considered trying ginger tea? The odd tangle of lumpy stumps we use and think of as ginger is actually the rhizome ( underground plant stem) of the Zingiber officinale plant. Whilst it can be eaten by itself or added to certain foods ( stem ginger biscuits, anyone?), it is much more commonly used as a spice in cooking.
Ginger tea is easily prepared by boiling sliced ginger in a saucepan- just alter the time spent boiling or the amount of ginger used to influence the strength. I assume the taste can be somewhat overwhelming, as recipes often call for the addition of honey, sugar, or some other form of sweetener.
As far as research into possible health benefits is concerned, ginger tea might, or might not, help to reduce stress, improve blood flow and ward off colds; it also contains our best friend the antioxidant which provides a veritable treasure trove of healthy advantages such as boosting the immune system and keeping the bad sort of cholestorol down. It is suggested that pregnant women avoid it however, as folk are undecided as to whether it is possibly mutagenic or antimutagenic.
Possible health benefits/ mutations aside, ginger tea is certainly a tisane I intend to try out for myself!