Spicy, warming and soothing, this ginger tea recipe is very easy to make with fresh ginger root and a little honey for sweetness.
To make ginger tea, simply peel and finely grate the ginger root, add to a small pot of boiling water on medium heat and brew for 15 minutes. Leave to steep for 10 minutes, strain, sweeten and enjoy. Here’s more and the amazing benefits of drinking ginger tea.
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Ingredients for ginger tea
For this recipe, you will need:
- fresh ginger root: Nothing beats using the fresh root for making the tea. It is spicy, earthy, and so good for you. But, you can use dried ginger root and ginger powder as well. These versions of ginger will still provide some of its useful benefits.
- sweetener: I love using honey to sweeten ginger tea. It adds a rich, sweet flavor to the tea but this is absolutely optional. Leave out the sweetener if you prefer.
How to make ginger tea
Step 1: As with my other tea recipes on this blog (like soursop tea and bay leaf tea), place a small pot on the stove on medium heat. Add water and bring to a boil.
Step 2: Wash the fresh ginger rhizome. Peel or scrape the skin off with a knife. You can also use a spoon or even your finger nails since the skin is so thin and easy to peel. Grate the ginger on the fine side. Doing this allows the ginger to release its important compounds faster, so the cook time can be reduced.
Step 3: Add the grated ginger to the boiling water and brew for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Turn off the stove and leave the tea to steep for 10 minutes.
Step 5: Strain the tea to remove the finely grated bits of ginger.
Step 6: Sweeten with a small spoonful of honey and serve warm.
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Ginger tea benefits
Ginger contains many phenolic compounds like gingerol and shogaol. These compounds have been found to be antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, neuroprotective and gastroprotective.
#1 Ginger improves oral health
A 2021 study looked at the effects of gargling with green tea, green tea with ginger, and chlorhexidine mouthwash. All three groups had less plaque and less gingivitis, meaning all three including ginger had antimicrobial benefits. These benefits will likely be the same if you sip some ginger tea.
#2 It eases nausea
Ginger tea is a great remedy for calming nausea, whether it is caused by anxiety or morning sickness. It works!
#3 It’s memory boosting
Ginger has neuroprotective benefits for your nerves and may even be able to reduce your risk of brain damage. One clinical study also proved ginger tea can help improve memory.
#4 It is anti-inflammatory
Ginger tea has those helpful compounds that can relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and even ease painful arthritic joints. But, it isn’t a cure all. If you have serious pain and arthritis, consult with a medical care professional for diagnosis and treatment.
#5 Ginger may have anticancer benefits
There are lots of laboratory studies that look at the effects of ginger and gingerol on several cancers like leukemia, prostate, breast, and more. While few clinical studies have been done, the in vitro ones (like this one from 2019) prove the antileukemia and anticancer benefits of ginger.
#6 It may help reduce blood clots
This 2015 lab study found some herbal medicines were able to reduce platelet aggregation, which causes blood clots. These medicines included feverfew, garlic, ginger, St John’s wort, willow bark, ginseng and turmeric. These blood thinning benefits of ginger may interact with the effects of aspirin, warfarin and other blood thinning drugs. So, be sure to consult with your doctor if you are on any of these medications.
#7 It may help lower cholesterol and blood glucose
Gingerol and the other compounds in ginger have been linked to a reduction in bad cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglyceride, blood glucose, insulin and insulin resistance.
Studies like this one from 2020 showed type 2 diabetes patients were able to lower their blood glucose and total cholesterol values compared to the control group. This older study found significant reduction in triglyceride levels in patients but no major differences in total cholestorol, LDL and HDL. Further research is definitely needed.
Ginger tea recipe
- 1 tbsp ginger (finely grated)
- 3 cups water
- 2 tsp honey (optional)
- Add a small pot to the stove on medium heat.
- Add water and bring to a boil.
- Wash, peel and finely grate enough ginger to fill 1 tablespoon.
- Add grated ginger to boiling water.
- Brew for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat.
- Leave to steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain to remove the grated ginger.
- Stir in honey.
- Serve warm.