Ginger tea – A spicy, Invigorating Tea That is a Proven Centuries Old Medicinal Treatment

Versatile and easy to make homemade Ginger tea possesses a multitude of potential health benefits. Strong in taste and aroma, a fresh pot of Ginger brew yields greater nutritional and medicinal properties compared to other forms such as capsules and teabags.

Properties of Ginger

ginger teaFrom the species Zingiber officinale, the rhizomes or underground stems of the Ginger plant contain anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic and antioxidant properties that help with rheumatoid conditions, infections and digestive issues.

Ginger thrives in warm climates and is grown throughout the world for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Medicinal properties are primarily attributed to the presence of volatile oils and powerful phenols such as gingerols and shogaols.

Characterized as a “warming” remedy, ginger tea treats conditions such as:

The benefits of herbal tea made with Ginger also include increased circulation, which can increase perspiration and reduce fevers, help control blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke.


Commonly associated with the gastroenterological system and Ginger remedies:

Individuals with peptic ulcers or those who experience discomfort from heat should avoid using ginger.



Side-effects are extremely rare and include mild stomach intolerance which is almost always associated with ingesting copious amounts of the herb.

Most herbalists deem ginger safe for pregnant women to quell morning sickness; however, many recommended moderate use of weaker teas.

Women who are pregnant and individuals taking anti-coagulant medication should consult a physician or qualified herbalist before starting a daily regime of ginger.

Homemade Herbal Teas

Making your own homemade herbal teas is an effective way to access the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and healing properties of an herb. Most people also find the teas more potent in flavor and aroma.,

You can infuse ginger alone or combined with other herbs. In addition, some people make a ginger tea by adding crystallized ginger candies to hot water.

Ginger and Honey

To prepare fresh ginger, peel and slice the rhizome as thin as possible. Boil 4-6 pieces in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. For a more pungent ginger tea, add more slices, boil for 20 minutes or more. Strain and add the juice from ½ a lime and 1-2 tablespoons of honey. For optimum relief of cold and flu symptoms, it is best to drink while hot.

Taken after dinner for a quick-acting digestive aid, simply grate ½ teaspoon ginger directly into 8 ounces of boiling water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm or cool with honey, which works alongside Ginger to soothe sore throats, calm upset stomachs and boost the immune system.

Lemon and Ginger

Lemon and Ginger tea is made with a base of green tea, an excellent source for antioxidants, and requires:

  • 2 cups, water
  • 1 teaspoon, ground ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoon, grated lemon peel
  • 6 green tea bags
  • 4 teaspoons, fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup of a low-calorie sweetener such as Splenda; alternatively, add sugar or a natural sweetener such as honey to taste

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the water, ginger, lemon peel and sweetener to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Add the green tea and steep for approximately 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the bags and add lemon juice.

This tea will last between 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator and can be served cold, mixing 1 part tea with 3 parts seltzer water

For Cold and Flu Relief

A one-cup recipe to relieve head-cold congestion requires:

  • 3 slices fresh Ginger
  • 5-10 leaves Sage
  • 2-3 sprigs, Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Fresh juice of half a lemon
  • Pinch, cayenne pepper (optional)

Steep the above ingredients for 5-10 minutes and strain. The fresh herbs all provide heat that clears congestion and, along with the lemon, boosts the immune system, fighting bacterial and viral infection.

Ginger is a relatively safe and effective herb, used for hundreds of years in many cultures and alternative healthcare practices to treat digestive, respiratory and arthritic conditions. Made from fresh rhizomes, homemade ginger tea provides the most nutrients, flavor and aroma.

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