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 spiciness and for its many 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
Properties of ginger for health
Ginger, also known scientifically as Zingiber officinale Roscoe, is a perennial plant of the Zingiberáceas 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 zingibereno, zingiberol, curcumeno, limonene and camphene.
- Resins: are responsible for its characteristic spicy flavor. Among its active ingredients are resins such as gingerol, shogaol and zingibaina.
- Vitamins: its richness in vitamin B and C stands out
- Minerals: it has boron, chromium, manganese, silicon, cobalt and zinc.
- Acids: it’s content in alpha-linolenic acid, linoleic acid and ginger glycolipids.
- Others: amino acids, carbohydrates, fibers and flavonoids.
Thanks to this nutritional composition, these are the great properties of ginger for health:
- Stimulate the defenses
- Stimulants (activates circulation)
- Hypertonic (tension increases)
it is a great complement for balanced diets and weight loss diets, 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 food for health is the lemon, which is a fruit that is extracted from a perennial tree of the family of rutaceas known as lemon tree (or scientifically as Citrus X limonia). This tree is cultivated in the warm zones of different Mediterranean regions and its fruit has the following nutritional composition:
- Essential oils: it is rich in limonene, alpha-pinene, isopulegol and critapene (or lemon camphor).
- Minerals: its content in potassium, calcium and magnesium stands out.
- Acids: it has citric, acetic, malic and caffeic.
- Vitamins: lemon is rich mainly in vitamin C.
- Others: pectin and flavonoids.
Thanks to this nutritional wealth, the medicinal properties of lemon for health are diverse:
- Increase defenses
Properties of honey for health
Like the other two foods, honey is also ideal for the preparation of any infusion. This natural product with such a sweet taste is produced by bees from the secretions or nectar of the plants. Although there are different types of honey in 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:
- Stimulates the immune system
Ginger tea, lemon and honey: what is it for and uses
Now that we know all the properties that contain the foods that we will use to make the infusion, it is normal to ask yourself: what is the use of ginger tea, lemon and honey? Next, we list the different medicinal uses of this drink:
- Because it stimulates the immune system, is anti-inflammatory and other properties, this tea relieves the symptoms of different respiratory diseases, being a great remedy for colds and flu.
- Strengthens the defenses of our body to prevent a variety of conditions.
- Eliminates different viruses and bacteria, causing different respiratory and digestive conditions, among others.
- Helps burn the accumulated fats in our body and, therefore, promotes weight loss.
- It reduces some stomach problems such as heavy digestion, 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 just need to have at home the following amounts of these ingredients and follow these instructions:
- 2 slices of ginger root.
- Juice of a lemon.
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 cup of 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 warms, you can cut 2 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 in the mixture. Let the mixture stand for 5 more minutes.
- When you notice the mixture is slightly warm, strain the infusion to remove the ginger and add the spoonful of honey.
- You will have ready to drink ginger, lemon and honey tea.