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Ochabito said

Ginger tea for flavor, digestive properties or warming properties

I was arguing with my Japanese boss that American’s drink ginger tea mainly to help with digestion and nausea, because in Japan ginger is mainly drunk for its warming properties. I feel that we don’t drink ginger tea specifically for its warming properties but because either we like the taste or because it helps with stomach ailments. What do you think? Do you drink ginger tea to warm your body, to cure nausea or other digestive problems or do you merely drink it just because it tastes great?

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TeaParT said

Dancers use it to help with balance.

Cofftea said

Really??? Cool!

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Ochabito said

That’s interesting. How does it help your balance?

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i have tried ginger tea and can’t take the heat, too spicy!

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AJ said

I actually like the taste of ginger tea. I have a box of teabags, which I use if I don’t want caffeine (because it’s late), or want to add ginger to another tea for extra flavour. I also use it because I tend to get chronic stomach aches, and I find it works better than Tums and other medicinals you can take. I’ve never had it just for Warming Qualities, though I like how it does sort of warm your insides.

Serenity said

Chronic tummy aches? That sounds rough. Have you been tested for celiac?

AJ said

No, I haven’t. Although I think I can rule it out because bread and related seem to be one of the few items that doesn’t upset it.

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Cofftea said

Just cuz it tastes great. Although I mix it w/ green, whites, or in chais.

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I don’t really know how ginger helps with balance, but it does. I suffered from dizziness, tried everything known to man. My herbalist put me on ginger and I am cured! Amazingly simple. I really like ginger in tea for the spice:)

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Jillian said

I drink it mixed in with peppermint and chamomile to help with nausea and stomach upsets. I have on a couple occaisions also used it when I when I was really chilled but I mostly drink it for the former reason.

I know that ginger’s reputation in Canada, as far as I know, is mainly for its effects on the stomach – it’s becoming quite popular as a remedy for sea/motion-sickness for instance.

Morning sickness too. Though not so much in tea. More in crystallized form or sucking candies made with ginger.

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Shugi said

We drink it together with some salvia leaves and honey when we got the flu … sometimes cures it, most often at least helps against the symptoms.

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Ewa select said

I mostly drink it for indigestion/nausea, usually mixed with mint for that double anti-nausea whammy. I hadn’t even thought to use it for heat although I could see how it would work.

Interestingly my family uses a really strong salvia tisane for helping ease the pain of canker sores. I’ve never actually drunk it though.

rerun20 said

where does one find a salvia tisane…as i routinely get canker sores…thanks

Shugi said

Maybe try to grow it in a pot or in the garden … salvia officinalis is easy to grow and doesnt need much space :)

Ewa select said

If you’ve got a european imported food store around somewhere they might have it as well (we get it from the Polish import store in the area) It might also help to know that salvia officinalis is actually sage – I think I’ve seen sage tea in health food stores.

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Chyara said

I would agree, we americans drink/eat the ginger for the tummy problems. :o)

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