Ginger can take away the foul smell and fishy taste of dishes. But aside from its kitchen benefits, ginger can be transformed into ginger extract and enjoyed as a good herbal tea. Just like garlic, vanilla, ginseng, and green tea, ginger has a lot of health benefits. It can relieve motion sickness, inflammation, fever, cough, arthritis, pain, morning stiffness, flatulence and a lot more. Unlike other herbs, ginger is not so famous because of the overwhelming popularity of other herbal alternatives. Garlic, ginseng, vanilla, and green tea have long been proven to give amazing health benefits. Ginger, on the other hand, is probably most famous for gingerbread.
Thankfully, a few studies have proven the great effects of ginger to the human body. Although not yet as famous as other herbs, at least, ginger is becoming popular as alternative to other herbs. Among the most famous herbal usages of ginger is as a ginger extract. Mostly, people drink this extract as tea. The great benefits that ginger extract can give you are truly immeasurable.
Though there are ready-to-drink ginger extracts in herbal tea bags, it is still better that you know how to make your own ginger extract. Isn't it wonderful to know that your tea really comes from a clean source? So, here's the how-to make your own ginger extract:
- Prepare what you need to make ginger extract: ginger, knife, some cups of water, drainer, grater, and saucepan.
- Wash the ginger thoroughly before slicing or grating it.
- You can peel off the ginger skin but that is not necessary especially since some nutrients in ginger are in its skin.
- You can grate the ginger or slice it thinly--it's your choice.
- Prepare the saucepan and pour in 3 to 4 cups of water. Boil the water and add the ginger.
- Reduce the heat so you can get the best of the ginger extract. You may turn off the burner after 15 to 20 minutes but that will largely depend upon the ginger extract strength you desire. Basically, the longer the ginger is being boiled, the stronger the extract becomes. Just be careful not to boil off the water or you might have to repeat the entire process again.
- When the boiling ginger is of the concentration you desire, just turn off the fire and let it cool first. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, pour into your cup, drain if needed, and enjoy.
- It does not really matter whether you drink the ginger extract hot or cold. You may also add a little honey and lemon, just as you do to your regular tea.
Ginger extract can be spicy compared with other tea but you get a lot benefits with that, too. You can use ginger extract if you have a cold or sore throat. Ginger is believed to improve voice quality for singers also. There are many benefits that ginger extract can give you. But if the taste will discourage you from trying to drink a cup of it again, then better try making a soup out of it instead.