I love ginger tea. I love the warm and spicy taste, and I love what it does in my body. It’s warming, soothing, comforting, and healing. Ginger has been used since the beginning of the time as a natural medicine. It can be used as a cure for a cold, the flu or a cough, it can help to ease nausea, calm an upset stomach, stimulate circulation, help to lose weight, or aid digestion.
To make a good ginger tea, all you need is fresh ginger and filtered water. The rest of the ingredients are optional but it might taste better with a little honey in it, as well a splash of fresh lemon juice. Chamomile flowers, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or an Echinacea tincture can be also be added to the tea but are optional. Don’t add everything at the same time – try different combinations.
You will also need a grater/zester, as well as a kettle or a saucepan to boil the water and something to strain the tea if you are not using a teapot that has one in it. I like to grate my ginger instead of slicing it because it releases more aroma and flavors. I don’t juice my ginger; I keep it simple. If you choose to slice it, you may want to use more ginger or let the ginger infuse in the water longer. Let the tea infuse for 10 minutes, or longer if you want a stronger flavor.
When ready, strain the tea and pour it into your favorite mug. Add raw honey or pure maple syrup if you like. Raw honey is very nutritious and healing and will help to strengthen the immune system. If you are vegan, you can use pure maple syrup and benefit from its organic minerals. A splash of fresh lemon juice will also balance the flavors, as well as boost the immune system and alkalize the body.
Ginger is a powerful herb and truly a blessing. Make sure you are using it. Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tablespoon raw honey or pure maple syrup
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Chamomile flowers
- Echinacea tincture
- Fresh mint leaves
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Peel the ginger root with a peeler or with the back of a spoon.
- Grate the ginger with a grater/zester. If you slice it, slice it thin and use more.
- Infuse the ginger: (if you add cinnamon, mint, chamomile or cayenne, add it here)
- -If you are using a saucepan, bring the water to a boil, add ginger and turn off heat. Put the lid on it and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- -If you are using a teapot, add ginger in the teapot and pour boiling water in it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes.
- If you are using a saucepan, strain the water to remove the ginger.
- Add fresh lemon juice and natural sweetener if you like. Stir and enjoy!