Browse through these potential ginger tea side effects, risks, and contraindications before you brew a pot of ginger tea.
Herbal teas have been treasured for centuries for how very beneficial they are for physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness.
However, it's important to remember that the active ingredients that make herbal teas so very good for us can also mean that every herbal tea may not be the best (or safest) choice for you, especially when taken in large amounts.
Here are some precautions about drinking ginger tea, and in using this herbal tea topically, as well.
If you're considering adding significant amounts of ginger tea to your diet to help manage a specific health concern, as a part of your overall weight management plan, or even for general health and wellness, be sure to ask your herbal practitioner or healthcare professional about safe and healthy amounts of ginger for you.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, adults generally shouldn't have more than 4g ginger daily.
For pregnant moms, they suggest no more than 1g ginger daily (from all sources combined), and please pay a visit to your healthcare provider to discuss ginger (and other spices and herbs) during pregnancy before drinking any ginger tea.
Drop by our Ginger Tea during Pregnancy pages to browse through some of the current research examining the effects that ginger may have during pregnancy.
Please don't give ginger to tots under the age of 2, and, for children over 2 years of age, check with your healthcare professional about safe amounts of ginger and ginger tea.
When you're first getting to know ginger tea, introduce this zesty beverage to your diet gradually. As with any spicy food or drink, too much may irritate your mouth or leave you with an upset stomach or heartburn.
Thanks to traditional herbal medicine and recent scientific research, we know that ginger tea has so many benefits for health and wellness.
However, if you're taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications to manage or treat a particular health concern, please don't adjust or replace any part of your treatment with ginger tea without consulting with your primary healthcare provider first about potential ginger tea side effects.
This is particularly important if you are taking any medications or herbal remedies for heart issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a bleeding condition.
Ginger tea has natural anti-clotting properties that may interact with any herbal, prescription, or over-the-counter blood thinners, such as anticoagulants (like warfarin or phenprocoumon) or anti-platelets (like aspirin or ibuprofen).
As such, if you have any sort of bleeding disorder or are taking any medications or remedies with blood-thinning properties, please ask your healthcare professional if ginger tea is a safe choice for you.
Also, if you enjoy ginger tea regularly and you have a medical or dental surgery scheduled in the near future, ask your surgeon or healthcare provider if you should exclude this tea (with its natural blood-thinning properties) from your diet for now.
Another of ginger tea's remarkable benefits is its ability to lower high blood pressure. However, if you are being treated for high blood pressure, ginger tea may potentially interfere with the effects of your blood pressure medication.
Similarly, because ginger is known for reducing blood sugar levels, ginger tea could interact negatively with diabetic prescription medications. As such, if you are currently being treated for diabetes, please avoid ginger tea until you have asked your healthcare provider how much of this herbal tisane is right for you.
For most healthy adults, most herbs and spices are generally considered safe when used in cooking, baking, and in herbal teas.
However, when these herbs and spices are taken in larger doses - for example, to help manage a certain health condition or to support a weight-loss plan - they may not necessarily be safe for everyone.
To be sure you're making the very best choices for your health and your family's, as well, make sure to stay informed about the herbal teas in your tea stash, and pay a visit to your herbal practitioner, naturopathic or homeopathic doctor, or other healthcare provider and ask her or him about ginger tea side effects and benefits.