This lemongrass ginger tea is warming, strong and has lots of earthy, spicy and citrusy flavors. Plus, both lemongrass and ginger have great antimicrobial and other health benefits on their own, so this tea can be a great immunity boost.
To make the tea, simply brew lemongrass and ginger together in boiling water for 10 minutes before steeping, straining and serving hot.
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Ingredients for lemongrass and ginger tea
You only need 3 ingredients to make this tea, maybe 4 if you like your tea on the sweeter side:
- lemongrass: I have lemongrass growing in my garden so I always use fresh lemongrass for tea. You can find the fresh stalks at your neighborhood Asian grocer or even in the larger supermarkets. Buy a bunch and keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use. Oh, and you may be able to find fresh lemongrass on Amazon! Of course, you can use dried leaves too but I highly recommend halving the amount.
- ginger: I used fresh ginger roots for this recipe though it has a stronger and spicier flavor when compared to the powder. So, if you prefer milder flavors substitute for ginger powder though you should halve the quantity as well.
- sweetener: Using a sweetener is entirely optional to you. The spiciness of the ginger can be a bit strong so you can always mellow out the flavors with a little honey or any of your favorite sweeteners.
How to make lemongrass and ginger tea
Step 1: Wash the lemongrass stalks and leaves. The leaves actually hold just as much flavor as the stalks. Cut them up into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
Step 2: Wash, peel and finely grate the ginger. You can slice the ginger too but the grated ginger release far more flavor than the slices within the brewing time.
Step 3: Place a small saucepan on medium heat. Add the water and bring to a rolling boil.
Step 4: Add the lemongrass pieces and grated ginger.
Step 5: Brew for 10 minutes.
Step 6: Turn off the heat and leave to steep for another 10 minutes.
Step 7: Strain the tea. You can sweeten at this point with your preferred sweetener – I enjoy honey here. Serve the tea warm.
Where to buy this tea
Instead of brewing the fresh lemongrass and ginger, you can always try these teas from Amazon like:
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Benefits of ginger and lemongrass
Lemongrass tea has shown positive effects for blood parameters like hemoglobin concentrations, red and white blood cell count, according to this 2015 study. The researchers suggested lemongrass could help boost immunity and treat anemia.
Meanwhile, ginger is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-nausea, and neuroprotective. It may also reduce platelet aggregation which could lower your chances of developing blood clots, according to this 2015 lab study. And there is evidence, including this 2020 study, which shows ginger could reduce blood glucose and total cholesterol levels.
Caution: Excessive lemongrass intake is linked to negative kidney function from this 2014 study. The study found long-term heavy use of lemongrass increased urea and creatine levels in the blood. It is also believed that ginger – with its blood thinning benefits – could interact with drugs like warfarin and aspirin. So enjoy this tea in moderation and talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have about lemongrass and ginger.
Lemongrass ginger tea recipe
Lemongrass ginger tea
- 10 g fresh lemongrass
- 1½ tsp fresh ginger
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- Place a saucepan on medium heat.
- Add water and bring to a boil.
- Wash the lemongrass. Cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
- Wash and peel the ginger. Zest or finely grate the ginger.
- Add the lemongrass and ginger to the boiling water.
- Boil for 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat.
- Steep for another 10 minutes.
- Strain, sweeten if desired.
- Serve warm.