I can’t think of a more all around healing and delicious food than ginger. It’s basically my desert-island food, as well as my go-to travel companion as I get incredible motion sickness. A warm brewed ginger tea is my favourite way to get my dose!
I recall the day that I was first introduced to the miracles of Ginger. The year was 2002. I was living in Sydney, Australia and my mom had come out to visit me. We took a trip up the East coast to Cairns where we decided to venture out to the Great Barrier Reef. I hate boats. I have never liked them and never will. I am afraid of open bodies of water where you can’t see any land, and get motion sick very easily. Boats make me feel like I am trapped on an amusement park ride that I never wanted to get on in the first place and can’t get off of.
My mom and I board this boat, ignoring the ‘Caution, Rough Waters” signs. We are promptly given two ginger tablets, an arrowroot cookie and a cup of water. The seas were rough and everyone on the boat, all 600 tourists were sick as the stewards went up and down the aisles collecting used bags and passing out fresh ones. My mom and I managed to keep our breakfast down and we owed it all to the little ginger tablets.
I have been hooked ever since. Rarely will I get in a car or on a plane without taking ginger. It is an all natural anti-nauseant herb that is as effective for motion sickness as it is for morning sickness. I lived on ginger tablets for the three years that I suffered from digestive disease.
Ginger is an anti-nausea herb that is as effective for motion sickness as it is for morning sickness.
Since the majority of the population suffers from digestive issues from time-to-time, if not chronically, before you reach for the antacids, Peptos, Gravols, Dramamines, Rolaids etc. – try ginger.
Aside from calming a nauseated tummy, whether due to motion, a flu virus, pregnancy, or bad food, ginger is also a stimulant and naturally neutralizes toxins in the digestive system.
Additional ginger benefits include:
- Support for digestion, absorption and assimilation of food.
- Help alleviate the pain from a sore throat.
- Reduce symptoms of a cold, congestion and sinus problems.
- Reduce suffering from headaches headaches by mixing the powdered form with warm water and placing on the head (will feel like its burning but will not actually burn).
- A ginger bath can help with aches and pains in the bod.
And above all – it is delicious. Here is my recipe for ginger tea. It is great for cold and flu season, is warming in the winter and will instantly soothe an upset stomach. It’s also delicious chilled as an iced tea, or mix with some bubbly water to make your very own ginger-ale.
Feel free to customize this ginger tea recipe with more ginger if you love it, or another natural sweetener.Print
- Total Time: 22 mins
- Yield: 6 1x
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 cup sliced ginger root
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1–2 sprigs of mint (optional)
- 2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
- Put ginger and water into pot and bring to a boil.
- Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Once ginger is decocted add lemon juice and mint and let sit.
- Add honey to taste and voila – delicious
- Prep Time: 2 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Drinks + Smoothies
42 responses to “Healing and Delicious Ginger Tea Recipe”
I drink ginger tea every day, and have yet to make it from scratch. How sad is that! I am putting ginger on my grocery list right now, thanks for the step by step, I need this to get me going!
I think a good companion to your ginger post (which i love! i love using ginger for my health – minus with my sushi), would be a garlic post. Garlic is so good for the immune system!
very informative ginger has many other medicinal benifit
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I’m 8 weeks pregnant and just made this to settle my stomach….its delicious!!!! I’ve been looking for a good hot bevy to start the day with since I ditched the coffee, and this is it! thank you
You are very welcome!
Most useful advice. Thank you.
You are most welcome!
My whole family was down with nasty stomach flu, I was the worst off and so nauseous I couldn’t stomach thinking of sipping anything. After a miserable long 12 hours, I finally wasg able to get up and make the tea…. I regret not making it sooner. Ginger is soooo good for you! *sighs* no more nausea and I was able to have some lunch within 10 minutes! Thank you for sharing! I gave my one year old some too and she loved it, I can tell it helped her too since she scarfed down her food. :)
I’m sorry to hear your whole family was down for the count with the flu, but I’m glad to hear that this recipe worked like a charm.
Hi. My mother in law was recently diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. Tonight she is having bad nausea and hasn’t even started treatments yet. I would like to try this recipe for her. Is this something I can make ahead of time for her and store in the fridge and she can reheat to drink as needed? Thank you.
I’m sorry to hear about your mom. You can make this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. If it’s going to be in the fridge for more than a few days, you can also freeze portions so the tea will stay potent and fresh.
Hi, thank you so much for this blog!! I have a question, when using the ginger for the tea, can the ginger be reused, like reboile again with new Water?
Hi Bridget. I wouldn’t reboil the ginger – most of the constituents will steep into the liquid, so if you reboiled you wouldn’t get that much the second time around. It’s better to use a fresh piece of ginger.
If you make a larger quantity is that ok and how can you store it?
You can make extra and leave it in the fridge. It will last a few days – after that, put it in the freezer.
Does the ginger need to be peeled first?
You don’t have to bother peeling it for this recipe.
Hello! I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that this recipe is WONDERFUL! I have an 88 year old friend who has been experiencing stomach issues for years. I started making her your Ginger Tea, and the results are stunning!
She hasn’t complained about her nausea in weeks. In fact she mentioned that she LOVES the tea so much she hardly starts the day without drinking a large glass.
Thank you for your post! I’m sure glad we found your post.
Hi Ken – thank you for sharing. I’m so glad this tea is working for your friend!
I recently had hip surgery and am having considerable nausea and gas with no appetite. I know ginger is beneficial for many things but have no experience with cooking with it. In the recipe it mentions ‘once ginger is decocted’ what does that mean please.
A decoction is basically boiling plants/herbs in water – you’ll end up with a decoction after step #2 in the recipe. If you’d like to learn more about herbal concoctions, check out this post: https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/make-your-own-herbal-tinctures-meghantv/. I wish you a quick recovery from your surgery!
OMG…this is delicious and perfect for my upset stomach! I’m in the third year of remission from amyloidosis in my colon and multiple myeloma. Recently my digestive system has been wreaking havoc -I’m bloated, gassy and nauseous -today has been especially bad so I Googled “ginger root tea recipes” and yours was the first result. I looked at others but in the end made yours. I feel better already after just one cup! I don’t have any mint leaves, but it’s on my grocery list and I’m looking forward to the additional flavor in my next next pot. From the bottom of my stomach, I thank you so much for sharing this incredibly delicious, soothing and easy-to-make recipe!
Hi Karen – I’m thrilled that you found this recipe tasty and helpful!
Can you use ginger spice to make tea?
Yes, you could use ground ginger instead but you’ll need to play around with the amount. Start out with 1-2 Tbsp dried ginger and adjust as you need.
Found your recipe last night and tried it today. Thank you so much. Been suffering from acute pain for the past three weeks, which brings on terrible nausea. Medication doubles the nausea. Half an hour after trying first glass I actually fell asleep which I have not been able to do because of the nausea.
God bless you.
My question is ‘how often can I drink it and what size container?’
I’m sorry that you’ve been suffering, and it’s wonderful that this tea has brought some relief. This recipe makes 6 1-cup servings. I can’t make specific dietary recommendations for you, however, typically your taste buds will let you know when you’ve drunk enough.
Which ginger tablets have worked for you? I need some for an upcoming boat trip!
I’m looking forward to making this today. This is the first recipe that for me explains exactly how much ginger root to use. I’m wondering if I could steep dandelion tea bags in the hot ginger tea. My organic dandelion tea bags from Amazon have no taste and I need the dandelion tea to get rid of excess fluid in my feet and legs. Any comments you make will be considered and I know you do not give medical advice.
You can certainly add additional tea flavours to this recipe if you’d like!
Thank you, Meghan, my fellow Torontonian! Cheers, Clary
BTW, my recipe for ginger tea is similar, with one very important exception: minimum exposure of ginger to heat and light to functionally preserve heat or light sensitive enzymes, other proteins, and even essential amino acids in the root. I grate the peeled ginger root into a ceramic teapot, pour slightly lower temperature water 5 minutes after it comes to boil on the shredded ginger and let it simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
What time should I drink ginger tea at. Can I drink it after meals, during meals, or at night?
You can drink it anytime!
This hit the spot… my guts have been terrible all evening with morning sickness and this is exactly what
I needed. I didn’t have any mint, but no biggy, not a huge fan of lemon and mint together anyhow. Thanks for the large quantity recipe too, really needed to sip this all night. Cheers.
Can I use powdered ginger? I live in a very small town and can’t get fesh ginger.
Yes, dried ginger is fine – use half the amount.
Do I strain out the ginger root before adding it to my tea pot and cup? Also, I boiled it using less water and after pouring the strained ginger juice in my teapot, added more hot water. After I drank it, my mouth feels like I ate something peppery. Is it supposed to feel that way? BTW, thank you for the recipe.
Hi Laurie! It’s up to you – you can remove the ginger pieces or leave them in there. Ginger has a spicyness to it so you may want to add less.
I love this! What Ginger tablets do you feel are safe and effective for airplane and car travel?
Check out your local health food store – I look for ginger tablets that don’t have artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sugar.
Ginger is also packed with anti oxidants, it’s anti inflammatory, anti fungal, several studies have shown that it can protect against the formation of stomach ulcers, one of the studies focussed specifically on people who needed to take aspirin regularly. There have also been studies showing that regular consumption reduced LDL cholesterol and raised HDL levels.