How to Make Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe

How to make homemade ginger tea recipe
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Slightly spicy, soothing and energising, ginger tea is the top herbal tea for any season. In winter it’s great hot and blended with other spices and black tea, in summer, it can cool you off instantly as an iced tea. Find out how to make fresh ginger tea from scratch.

What is ginger?

Ginger or Zingiber officinale is a plant from the same botanical family as cardamom and turmeric. It has been used for at least a few thousands of years, and it’s still one of the most popular spices and natural medicines around the world. Although the leaves of the ginger plant are edible too, only the rhizome is used for making tea and as a traditional medicine.

Today, ginger is available as dry powder, dried root or fresh root. Fresh root is often used in cooking. Many tea blends contain ginger, and it’s one of the most important ingredients in Masala Chai tea.

What are the benefits of ginger tea

Ginger may have a myriad of potential health benefits. It’s most commonly used for respiratory and stomach problems – treating nausea, including motion sickness, morning sickness in early pregnancy, nausea caused by chemotherapy, cramps, flatulence, constipation and for preventing a cold, soothing a sore throat, soothing symptoms of asthma and dementia[1].

Other benefits of drinking ginger tea include preventing coronary heart disease, anticancer activity, radioprotective effect,[2] analgesic and anti-infectious properties. A safe daily dose of ginger extract is between 1-4 grams. 100 mg of ginger extract equals 2 grams of fresh ginger root[3]. For example, studies showed that 1500 mg of ginger extract is enough to help relieve nausea[4].

Ginger is considered safe, but don’t use it excessively. Pregnant women should not take more than ¼ of the regular daily dose.

Fresh ginger tea

Fresh ginger tea will always taste better than tea made from ginger powder. To make the easiest, most simple ginger tea, you will only need fresh ginger. Use about 1 inch of ginger per 1 ½ cup of water. Always add a bit more water that you will need for one cup of tea. Some water will evaporate when simmering. You don’t necessarily need to peel the ginger, but it’s recommended. Always slice it into thin slices, rather than using a whole root piece. Alternatively, you can use a grater. Grated ginger will give a more intense flavor. Always use fresh spring water or filtered water for making tea.

Ginger doesn’t need to be boiled to give a delicious drink. Another very popular method of making ginger drink is to grind it, squeeze the juice and mix it with freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey and cold water. Fresh unboiled ginger will have even more fresh and spicy flavor.

Start with three almost classic ginger tea recipes – lemon & ginger tea, honey & ginger tea and turmeric & ginger tea.

Homemade lemon ginger tea

Lemon Ginger tea is delicious, both hot and cold. Drink it hot in winter with a teaspoon of honey, or iced in summer. Whichever way you choose, make a ginger tea from fresh ingredients.

You will need:

  • About ¾ to 1 inch of raw ginger
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • Ice (optional, for making iced tea)

Instructions:

  1. Wash, peel and slice the ginger.
  2. Wash the lemon and squeeze the juice.
  3. Add water and ginger root to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  4. Reduce the fire and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain the tea into a cup and let it cool down for 5 minutes.
  6. Add lemon juice and honey.
  7. Drink hot or serve over ice.


Homemade honey ginger tea

Honey and ginger tea is absolutely delicious. It’s very similar to lemon and ginger tea, but you will be using more honey – and it’s not optional. Try blending it with some chamomile flowers for an extra soothing cup. This tea is amazing hot on cold winter nights, or when you feel you will catch a cold.

You will need:

  • About 1 inch of raw ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of dry chamomile flowers

Instructions:

  1. Wash, peel and slice the ginger.
  2. Add water and ginger root to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Reduce the fire, add chamomile flowers to boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea into a cup and let it cool down for 5 minutes.
  5. Add honey.
  6. Drink hot.

Homemade turmeric ginger tea

Both spicy, both warming, turmeric and ginger make a great tea pair. This tea will taste great even if you decide to make it from dried turmeric root and ginger root pieces, or from fresh ingredients. We recommend drinking it hot, but if you’d prefer to have it iced, add some lemon juice too and decorate it with lemon slices.

You will need:

  • About ½ inch of raw ginger
  • About ½ inch of raw turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • 1 ½ cup of water

Instructions:

  1. Wash, peel and slice ginger and turmeric.
  2. Add water and ginger and turmeric root to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Reduce the fire and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea into a cup and let it cool down for 5 minutes.
  5. Add honey.
  6. Drink hot.

 

Dislaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.

References:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4377061/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6341159/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6341159/


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