Ginger tea is about to become your new favorite drink. It’s warm and comforting, and takes only 5 minutes to make at home!
Ginger tea is also called “ginger water” because it’s essentially just a ginger-infused water. You simmer fresh ginger and water together, then strain out the large ginger pieces. The warm tea is quite spicy, and will warm you up from the inside out!
Adding a squeeze of lemon and honey right before serving helps to cut the spice, while also adding in an extra dose of vitamin C. Honey is also an extra source of antioxidants, which has been linked to lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
What is Ginger Tea Good For?
Ginger has long been used in traditional medicine, and may potentially aid digestion and reduce nausea. It’s main active compound is called gingerol, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Below, you’ll find more reasons why I love it!
Benefits of Ginger:
- It may be effective at reducing nausea, particularly pregnancy-related nausea in the first trimester. (This study suggests that you should avoid ginger if you’ve had miscarriages or are close to labor, however.)
- Ginger has also been studied as a potential aid for reducing surgery-induced nausea and chemotherapy-incuded nausea.
- Ginger may help with weight loss. One review suggests that ginger supplementation may help significantly reduce body weight and increased the “good” HDL cholesterol. In an animal study, ginger water was shown to reduce body weight, which the researchers believe happens due to a change in metabolizing proteins. (In other words, it may increase the number of calories burned.)
- It may help lower blood sugar. In a study of participants with Type 2 diabetes, ginger powder supplementation significantly lowered fasting blood sugar, and improved their A1c levels by up to 10% over 12 weeks.
- It may improve digestion. Ginger has been shown to speed up the emptying of the stomach, which may in turn, help reduce symptoms of indigestion. In a study of healthy individuals, those who were given ginger before a meal emptied their stomachs almost twice as fast as those who were given the placebo.
- It may offer pain relief, particularly for menstrual cramps. One study suggests that ginger powder may be as effective as taking 2 NSAIDs (ibuprofen) for pain relief.
I find these studies interesting to look into, but as always, please remember that I’m not a doctor. Be sure to consult your physician if you have any questions or concerns about ginger tea.
How to Make Ginger Tea
- Slice the ginger into pieces no larger than 1/4-inch thick. There’s no need to peel it, since you’ll be straining out these large pieces later. Do be sure to wash off any visible dirt from the skin, though.
- Place the ginger slices in a small saucepan, and add water. You’ll want to use about 1-inch of ginger per 8 to 12 ounces of water, so make as much or as little tea as you want to.
- Bring the water to boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Let the ginger simmer in the water for at least 5 minutes. You can let it simmer longer, up to 10 minutes, for an even stronger ginger flavor. (But trust me when I say 5 minutes is enough for a pretty spicy tea!)
- Remove the pan from the heat, then pour the hot water through a fine mesh strainer to catch the ginger pieces. Serve warm, with a squeeze of lemon and honey, to taste.
Ginger Tea Variations
If you want to add extra flavor to your ginger tea, try one of these optional add-ins.
- Cinnamon stick (simmer with the ginger, and strain out)
- Freshly sliced turmeric (slice just like the ginger, and strain out)
- Orange slices (instead of lemon)
- Fresh herbs, like basil, mint, or rosemary (simmer and strain out)
If you need to keep this drink vegan, feel free to swap the honey for maple syrup as the sweetener, instead.
More Warm & Cozy Drinks
If you need another comforting drink, be sure to try my homemade chai latte, healthy hot chocolate, London Fog (Early Grey latte), and my famous Instant Vegan Latte, which is perfect for dairy-free coffee lovers.
Ginger Tea (with Lemon & Honey)
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- 8 to 12 ounces water
- lemon , to taste
- honey , to taste
- Slice the ginger into thin pieces, no more than 1/4-inch thick. There's no need to peel it, but you should wash off any visible dirt from the skin.
- Place the sliced ginger in a small sauce pan, and cover with 8 to 12 ounces of water. If you want to make more than one serving, you can double or triple this recipe, as needed.
- Bring the water to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer for at least 5 minutes (or up to 10 minutes), and then remove from the heat.
- Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to catch the large ginger pieces, then serve warm with a squeeze of fresh lemon and honey, to taste.
- You can store extra ginger tea in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Serve it cold or reheated.
If you try this ginger tea recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know how it goes! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too. We can all benefit from your experience.
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