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Healing and Delicious Ginger Tea Recipe

 

I can't think of a more all around healing and delicious food than ginger. A  warm brewed 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-nauseant 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 bubbley water to make your very own ginger-ale.

Ginger Tea

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Yield: 6

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup sliced ginger root
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 sprigs of mint (optional)
  • 2 tbs honey(or to taste)

Make It Like So
  1. Put ginger and water into pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Once ginger is decocted add lemon juice and mint and let sit.
  4. Add honey to taste and voila - delicious

Photo Credit: iStock/karinsasaki

44 Responses to “Healing and Delicious Ginger Tea Recipe”

  1. Stefanie said…
    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.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      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.
  2. Bridget said…
    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?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      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.
  3. Portia Taylor said…
    If you make a larger quantity is that ok and how can you store it?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      You can make extra and leave it in the fridge. It will last a few days - after that, put it in the freezer.
  4. michelle said…
    Does the ginger need to be peeled first?
  5. Ken Baiseri said…
    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.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Ken - thank you for sharing. I'm so glad this tea is working for your friend!
  6. Jean Jersey said…
    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.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      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!
  7. Karen said…
    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!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Karen - I'm thrilled that you found this recipe tasty and helpful!
  8. TERRY STEWART said…
    Can you use ginger spice to make tea?
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      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.
  9. Al said…
    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?’
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      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.
  10. Linda said…
    Which ginger tablets have worked for you? I need some for an upcoming boat trip!

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