A Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe

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A warming, spicy beverage, ginger tea is an invigorating, caffeine-free alternative to regular tea or coffee. 

Widely used in various cultures to relieve a sore throat or cough, fight colds, and ease indigestion and nausea, ginger is believed to have numerous health benefits.

Here is a simple recipe for ginger tea with delicious variations. If any of them are too spicy for you, try adding more hot water.

Easy Ginger Tea Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of grated or finely chopped ginger root
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • honey (optional)

Directions:

Place the ginger root in a teapot. Add the boiling water and allow it to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour it into a mug and add honey to taste (if desired).

You could also just make it in a mug using a tea filter, ball, infuser, or fill-your-own tea bags, or just allow the ginger to settle at the bottom of the cup before drinking.

Variation: Stovetop Method

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices.

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

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

Strain the tea. Add honey to taste.

Stir it 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 it's best to consume it in moderation.

For some people, that means drinking no more than two cups per day, but if you have certain health conditions, 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 and aspirin) or by people with bleeding disorders.

Pregnant and nursing women should avoid 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.

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