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Natural Tea Aids Digestion and Breathing

Updated on March 3, 2012
Chinese herb pot with fresh ginger, lemongrass and turmeric.
Chinese herb pot with fresh ginger, lemongrass and turmeric.

The cooler weather is here; and, my stomach and lungs need the added boost my ginger tea gives me. As I sit here, blowing my nose and feeling incredibly sorry for myself, I have a pot of tea brewing behind me in the kitchen.

Many years ago, I developed a case of bronchitis so severe it weakened my chest; and, enhanced my ability to pick up every case of cold or flu that came around. This wonder tea not only breaks up and clears out congestion, it also aids anyone with a sensitive stomach - it calms nausea and aids digestion.

My recipe for ginger tea is slightly different than others and there are no strict guidelines on ingredient amounts. If you love the peppery taste of turmeric - add a little more; or, if one of the ingredients is not your favourite - use less. I have laid the amounts I use out beside the Chinese herb pot I make mine in; but, any saucepan or container will work. From right to left: fresh ginger, lemon grass, turmeric.

To cold water add thinly sliced ginger, thinly sliced turmeric, and roughly chopped lemon grass. I don't peel my ingredients (many nutrients are under the skin), I just wash them thoroughly before adding. Due to the way lemongrass grows, similar to leeks, there is the potential for dirt to be hidden in the leaves. Slice the lemon grass in half lengthwise and check the inside for dirt before chopping. Bring water up to boil, turn down heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes. This extracts every drop of goodness and flavour. An added advantage of simmering the tea is that as your tea simmers some of the goodness infiltrates the air and aids with every breath.

Since I don't peel my ingredients, I strain the liquid as I pour it into my cup because some of the skin will boil off and float in the tea.

The tea is delightful exactly as is; but, if you like, you can add honey, brown sugar, or the sweetener of your choice. Drink the tea as often as you like - three times a day is recommended.

The benefits of ginger are:

Ginger is known worldwide for it effects on digestive ailments. It helps break down proteins and helps digest fatty foods; reduces gas; relieves nausea; and, treats morning sickness and motion sickness.

This rhizome reduces inflammation so it can be of benefit for arthritis, ulcerative colitis or any other inflammation-related disease. Studies show that it has been effective in inhibiting the replication of the herpes simplex virus.

Ginger is a warming herb, it knocks out a fever; stimulates circulation; relaxes the muscles around the blood vessels lowering the risk of blood clots; is a natural decongestant; and, an antihistamine.

Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed. It has also been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.

The healing properties come from it’s volatile oils, gingerols and shogaols, which are also responsible for it’s pungent taste. The oils cause more digestive enzymes to be produced which helps with the whole digestion process and neutralizes the acids that can cause nausea, cramps and even diarrhea.

The benefits of turmeric are:

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It is useful in disinfecting cuts and burns; speeds up wound healing; assists in remodeling of damaged skin; and, aids in the treatment of psoriasis or other skin inflammation problems.

This perennial shrub which grows in India and other parts of Asia holds amazing promise in the fight against cancer. When combined with cauliflower it has been shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer; prevents breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice; may prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to die; reduces the risk of childhood leukemia; may prevent metastases from occurring in many different kinds of cancer; is a natural anti-infammatory; shows promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice; a natural painkiller and CO2 inhibitor; appears to aid pancreatic cancer and multiple myeloma; and, stops the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

It is also a natural liver detoxifier; may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain; natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; and, may aid in fat metabolism and weight loss.

The Chinese have used it for ages as a natural remedy for depression.

The benefits of lemon grass are:

Lemon grass or citronella is known for its calming effect that acts as a sedative for the central nervous system relieving insomnia, anxiety or stress.

It is an antibacterial/antifungal; helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples; relieves arthritic pain and rheumatism; helps relieve flatulence and colic; and reduces fevers, agues, and colds.

Citronella helps to detoxify the liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract; helps to boost the immune system; may help to prevent cancer; helps reduce uric acid, cholesterol, and excess fats; reduces blood pressure and improves blood circulation; and helps alleviate indigestion and gastroenteritis.

It also helps tone your muscles and tissues; helps with menstrual problems; helps promote milk formation in lactating mothers; and, helps reduce cellulite.

Citronella is also an active ingredient in many insect repellents.

The benefits of unpasteurized honey are:

Unpasteurized honey is an antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial. It is the only food product in the world that never spoils!

Raw honey aids the stomach in digestion and is used as a treatment for stomach ulcers. It is effective in treating 90% of allergies; is a superior treatment for skin ulcers and burns; is an effective moisturizer; treats mouth sores and cankers; treats hair and scalp; and, is a natural preservative.

Honey has anti-cancer properties and helps prevent the spreading of existing cancers. The lungs receive a great deal of benefit from honey also. Honey helps in the treatment and easing of respiratory problems and cough.

Wow!! What great benefits from one simple tea. Brew a pot, strain, and enjoy


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    • pippap profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Surrey, BC

      Thanks for the comment. Natural cures are always best.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The natural cures are the best for me and I knew someday many illnesses will be cure from many teas. A very interesting hub.

    • pippap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Surrey, BC

      Everyone I have shared this recipe with loves it. Thanks for the comment.

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      Kymberly Fergusson 

      5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Beautiful tea recipe! I do love ginger, honey and tumeric, and a small amount of lemongrass (in foods), but I'd swap it for lemon peel or lime juice in tea, as I love citrus (and they are also fantastic for the immune system.

    • pippap profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Surrey, BC

      I have revised this comment. I must have had a senior moment when I wrote the previous reply. This tea is a yellowy-golden colour when the roots of both ginger and turmeric are used. Lemon grass imparts a barely noticeable yellow tinge to the water.

      Please let me know what you used to make yours, I care.

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      6 years ago

      what color is it supose to be??? mine turned out to be almost red in color.

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      Great Tea 

      6 years ago

      One thing to be aware of is that natural, raw, organic honey looses it antibacterial properties when heated up. It is best to eat a teaspoon of this honey before or after drinking your tea. But during the process might minimize the effect.

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      7 years ago from Europe

      what a simple, common but professional remedy. Thanks for the enlightenment and for sharing.

      Love this hub!


    • D.A.L. profile image


      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Pippap, well done for promoting natural products. This informative hub was well written and a joy to read. Thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Really helpful hub !

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      8 years ago

      Really helpful hub !

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for sharing this great Hub. I love natural remedies - so much better than medicine. :)


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