An Easy Ginger Tea Recipe

How to Make Homemade Ginger Tea

Ginger tea
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A spicy beverage, ginger tea is a warming, invigorating, caffeine-free alternative to black tea or coffee. Widely used in various cultures to relieve a sore throat or cough, fight colds, and ease indigestion, nausea, and motion sickness, ginger root has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is believed to have numerous health benefits.

In a study published in Nutrition, for instance, researchers found that daily ginger consumption was associated with a decreased risk of high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.

Here is an easy-to-follow recipe for ginger tea with delicious variations. If any are too spicy or strong for you, try adding more hot water.

Easy Ginger Tea Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon ginger root, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • honey (optional)

Directions:

1. Put the ginger root in a tea infuser and place it directly in a mug. (Instead of a tea infuser, you can use an individual tea filter or a teapot with a filter or you can strain the ginger using a sieve after the tea has steeped.)

2. Add the boiling water and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Remove the ginger.

4. Add honey to taste, if desired.

Variation: Stovetop Method

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • optional: honey, to taste 

Directions:

1. Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices.

2. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger.

3. Cover the pan and turn off the heat. Allow it to steep for 10 minutes.

4. Remove the ginger slices and pour it into your favorite mug. Add honey to taste.

Stir and enjoy!

Variation:  Lemon or Lime Ginger Tea

Make the ginger tea and squeeze the juice of a lemon or lime wedge into each tea cup.

Variation:  Ginger Green Tea

A simple way to make ginger tea with green tea or any other type of tea (white tea, oolong tea, black tea) is to make the ginger tea first and then steep the green tea in the hot ginger tea for one to two minutes.

Precautions

A cup of ginger tea can be a delicious, energizing alternative to a cup of coffee, but the most important thing to keep in mind is to drink it in moderation. For some people, that means drinking no more than one or two cups per day.

The daily maximum is considered to be four grams of ginger (or less than two tablespoons) per day from all sources including food and tea. If you have acid reflux or other conditions or are taking medication, you may need to consume less or avoid it entirely.

Although ginger is said to aid digestion, drinking too much of the tea can trigger an upset stomach and loose stools in some people.

Avoid drinking ginger tea before bed or at night if you have insomnia or find that it keeps you up.

Ginger may slow blood clotting, so it should be avoided at least two weeks before or after surgery and shouldn't be taken with anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications or supplements (such as warfarin, aspirin, garlic, or ginkgo) or by people with bleeding disorders.

Pregnant and nursing women should consult their doctors before drinking ginger tea.

If you have high blood pressure, gallstones, heartburn, acid reflux, or diabetes, speak to your healthcare provider before drinking it regularly.

Keep in mind that ginger tea should not be used as a substitute for standard care in the treatment of a health condition.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.