Galangal tea has been recognized for a long time for their potency in the digestive arena.
Galangal is a shrub that is native to East Asian countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia. The plant, which belongs to the ginger family, possesses long and sharp leaves, iris-like flowers, and reddish brown, woody rhizomes.
The rhizomes or roots are the medicinal parts of the galangal plant and they branch out into different pieces. Each piece is typically cylindrical in shape. The galangal rhizomes have a strong aromatic odor, and a spicy or pungent taste.
The active constituents of galangal, concentrated in the roots, are resins, galangol, tannins, quercetin, and pinene, among others.
To make galangal tea, infuse about 1 teaspoon of powdered root in a cup of boiling water. Take the water out of the heat and let the mix stand for about 10 to 15 minutes. A cup of galangal tea can be taken thrice in a day.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help alleviate abdominal pain.
- May help alleviate digestive problems like bloating, constipation and excessive gas.
- May help ease hiccups, belches and burps.
- May help fight diarrhea.
- May help in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
- May help in the treatment of sore gums and canker sores.
- May help in the treatment of motion sickness.