Sometimes nature gives us some wonderful foods and especially full of nutrients such as ginger, lemon and honey. On the one hand, ginger is a plant whose root is used for its characteristic spicy flavor and for its multiple health benefits, especially to improve respiratory conditions. On the other hand, both honey and lemon are natural products that also have different properties, especially their antiseptic and bactericidal effects.
But how can we combine these three foods full of properties and nutrients? One of the best ways to take advantage of all the products we have indicated is in the form of infusion and in we teach you how to do it. Keep reading this article to discover ginger, lemon and honey tea, its benefits and how to make it.
Properties of ginger for health
Ginger, also known scientifically as Zingiber officinale Roscoe, is a perennial plant of the Zingiberaceae family that is grown in the warm areas of South Asia. Although there are many parts that can be used of this plant, its root or rhizome is the most used both in cooking and in medicinal remedies due to its following nutritional richness:
- Essential oils: it has zingiberene, zingiberol, curcumene, limonene and camphene.
- Resins: they are responsible for its characteristic spicy flavor. Among its active ingredients we find resins such as gingerol, shogaol and zingibaine.
- Vitamins: its richness in vitamin B and C stands out.
- Minerals: it has boron, chromium, manganese, silicon, cobalt and zinc.
- Acids: its content of alpha-linolenic acid, linoleic acid and gingerglycolipids stands out.
- Others: amino acids, carbohydrates, fibers and flavonoids.
Thanks to this nutritional composition, these are the great properties of ginger for health:
- Stimulates defenses
- Stimulants (activates circulation)
- Hypertonic (increases tension)
Learn more about the Properties of ginger for health in this other article of, you will see that it is also very common to use ginger to thin the abdomen and other parts of the body in which there is ease for fluids and fats to accumulate. Therefore, it is a great complement for balanced diets and for diets to lose weight, because by itself it does not work miracles, but together with a good diet and exercise it helps to complete those necessary to achieve great results.
Medicinal properties of lemon
Another excellent health food is lemon, which is a fruit that is extracted from an evergreen tree of the rutaceae family known as lemon tree (or scientifically as Citrus X limonia). This tree is grown in the warm areas of different Mediterranean regions and its fruit has the following nutritional composition:
- Essential oils: it is rich in limonene, alpha-pinene, isopulgol and critapene (or lemon camphor).
- Minerals: its content of potassium, calcium and magnesium stands out.
- Acids: it has citrus, acetic, malic and caffeic.
- Vitamins: Lemon is rich mainly in vitamin C.
- Others: pectin and flavonoids.
Thanks to this nutritional richness, the medicinal properties of lemon for health are diverse:
- Increases defenses
Properties of honey for health
Like the other two foods, honey is also ideal for making any infusion. This sweet-tasting natural product is produced by bees from the secretions or nectar of plants. Although there are different types of honey on the market, in general it has the following nutritional composition:
- Vitamins: especially thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid.
- Minerals: it is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, copper, manganese, potassium and zinc.
- Simple carbohydrates: especially in glucose, sucrose and fructose.
- Other nutrients: phenolic compounds, water, proteins, organic acids, aromatic substances, enzyme and carotenoids.
Thanks to these nutrients, these are the medicinal properties of honey:
- Boosts the immune system
Ginger, lemon and honey tea: what it is for and uses
Now that we know all the properties contained in the foods that we will use to make the infusion, it is normal for you to wonder: what is ginger, lemon and honey tea for? Below, we list the different medicinal uses that this drink has:
- Thanks to the fact that it stimulates the immune system, is anti-inflammatory and other of its properties, this tea relieves the symptoms of different respiratory diseases, being a great remedy for colds and flu.
- It strengthens the defenses of our body to prevent a variety of conditions.
- It eliminates different viruses and bacteria, causing different respiratory and digestive conditions, among others.
- It helps burn the fats accumulated in our body and, therefore, favors weight loss.
- It reduces some stomach problems such as heavy digestions, stomach pain, abdominal inflammation and flatulence.
- It helps reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Eliminates the accumulation of toxins and reduces fluid retention.
How to make ginger, lemon and honey tea step by step
As we have seen, this infusion can be a good complement both to relieve the symptoms of some conditions and to prevent different health problems. Therefore, below we will explain how to prepare ginger, lemon and honey tea with a simple step by step. We will only need to have at home the following amounts of these ingredients and follow these indications:
- 2 slices of ginger root.
- Juice of a lemon.
- 1 tablespoon honey.
- 1 cup mineral water.
- First, you will have to add a cup of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
- While the water is heating, you can cut 2 very thin slices of a ginger root.
- Once the water reaches its boiling point, add the ginger you have cut and let it cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Now turn off the heat and add the lemon juice to the mixture. Let the mixture sit for about 5 more minutes.
- When you notice the mixture somewhat warm, strain the infusion to remove the remains of ginger and add the tablespoon of honey.
- You will already have ready to drink ginger, lemon and honey tea.
If you liked this tea, you may also want to try ginger and cinnamon tea with lemon, as it is also delicious and provides great properties.