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Ginger Tea

Ginger is Mother Nature’s protective cloak, shielding us from sickness on winter days. This tea is very spicy—if it tastes too strong, dilute it with more hot water and honey. Traditional advice is not to drink more than 2 cups of ginger tea a day unless you are using it as a treatment for a bad chest cold.



Ingredient Line: 
12 thin slices fresh ginger, pounded with mortar or rolling pin
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1 Tbs. honey


1. Put ginger and 3 cups water in small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 to 25 minutes.

2. Strain out ginger slices and discard or reserve for another use. Stir in honey, and serve hot. Tea can be reheated, if necessary.

Nutrition Information: 

<1 g
Total Fat: 
<1 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
9 g
0 mg
4 mg
<1 g
9 g
Makes 2 cups

Comments on this Recipe

I have also heard than ginger will kill parasites. Maybe good for those who have food poisoning?

People from India serve a hot ginger, lemon and honey drink much like this -- just add juice of about 1/2 lemon to a cup with the honey and ginger. Sometimes they just grate the ginger and add the hot water, lemon juice and honey. Delicious!

This is a good all round drink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT TASTE


I can't remember where I got this from...but works like a charm: Step One One cup of peeled, chopped and minced fresh ginger 10 cups of water Step Two Apple cider (1/2 cup per serving) Lemon juice Directions Peel and mince the ginger. Simmer the minced ginger in 10 cups of water for an hour or so. Strain. When ready to have a serving place 1/2 cup of the strained ginger water in a pan with 1/2 cup of apple cider and a squirt or two of lemon juice. Heat and serve.

It works and tastes wonderful when you have a cold.

Ginger tea's also great for indigestion.

I make this tea, and it is a great tea, specially on cold days.

Don't forget ginger's a wonderful anti-nausea herb also. When drunk after a meal it has a wonderful effect on digestion.

I juice several stalks of the whole root in my Omega juicer and put it in a glass jar and refrigerate. I add about a tablespoon to 4 ozs. of fresh squeezed orange juice or apple cider or make cups of hot tea...delicious!

It is also great if you add some ground turmeric powder to this drink!

Have heard to not boil ginger as it changes it's medicinal properties. I boil the water and then shortly thereafter add the ginger, honey and lemon.

I use ginger tea for inflamation when my artritis flares up. It really does help with inflamation!

according to Ayurveda, it's best to let the tea cool a bit if adding honey, as heating honey past a certain point creates toxicity

My Mom has relied on ginger tea for years - she starts brewing at the first sign of frost and keeps it on hand all winter long - at 81 she is healthy, doesn't get the flu shot and never gets a cold. She adds lemon - and she likes it strong.

Try this Spicy Ginger Tea. 4 cups of water. A 2" piece of ginger, peeled and sliced. One bay leaf. 2 whole cloves. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Add honey and enjoy! Store the rest in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. Oh so good!

I grate the ginger resulting in a very strong tea, keep it stored in the refridgerater and use a tablespoon to an oz in hot water with lemon and honey to taste

I, too, make the tea the way they do in India. My daughter's neighbor is from India, and she showed my daughter how to grate the ginger, steep it and then add honey and 1/2 fresh lemon juice. So very good.

I wonder why they recommend not having more than 2 cups per day unless you have a chest cold. Does anyone know?

try agave instead of honey if you want a vegan version. it's very tasty!! you might want to try it even if you're not vegan:)

Imake a pot of green tea everyday and add 2-3 think slices of ginger which infuses the pot with a great flavor and the great benefits of ginger. I think I will try crushing it to taste the difference.

I grate ginger, add to water and put in microwave for a few min; 2 for a cup, longer if making a few cups. Add lemon and honey, cures my husbands upset stomach.

I wanted to know the thing. Why only a 2 cup a day limit?

Our family makes a very similar tea. We use 10 to 12 slices per 2 cups of water. We also enjoy simmering it with organic orange peel and whole star anise which adds a natural sweetness. We always add fresh lemon juice at the end. Sometimes we use cinnamon sticks as well, 1 per 2 cups of water. I recommend this tea to anyone under the weather and it always seems to work like a charm.

When I am in a big hurry I just poor hot water over crushed up ginger and add a little lemon and honey. Most wonderful drink when you are sick or have a little belly ache.

Question: Why only 2 cups ginger tea? I drink ginger, grapefruit juice, bragg vinegar daily. Happy Holidays. Brooke I enjoy and learn from your sites. Thank you

When using for a cold or flu symptoms, add a dash of cayenne pepper and juice of 1/2 lemon for the entire batch. I usually grate the ginger, or save the peel when making other recipes. I also like the way ginger helps my brain for concentration, so I drink a cup when I study or am reading technical material. Also great for nausea!

All comments are good. However, ginger is a BLOOD THINNER. If you drink it every day and accidentally cut yourself, your cut will keep bleeding and not clot properly. For years, I suffered from acid reflux and in desperation one day I made ginger tea and noticed how it helped my digestion. Naturally I began drinking a cup of this tea with every meal. After several days, I accidentally cut my thumb and it would not stop bleeding. I reviewed what I had done differently and realized I drank 3 cups of ginger tea daily for my digestive problems. I stopped drinking the tea and my blood began to clot normally and the cut soon healed. Incidentally, when I stopped eating gluten and dairy products from cow's milk, the acid reflux stopped.

This taste exquisite! Thank you for sharing.

You can also add a pinch of Cayenne Pepper and a squeeze of lemon for a little extra zing!

tried it and was surprised in a good way. I enjoyed it more than I do the traditional tea bag variety..

Loved it!! Very soothing

Very good anytime.

where did that 2 cup max come from????

Thank you for the recipe, it turned out great! I don't care for those other recipes that add lemon, mint etc. Plain ginger tea is delicious AS IS!

sounds great, I'll make it for yule!

If the ginger is organic... you can throw the whole hunk in the blender. I store it in a covered dish in the fridge. I make tea, smoothies and for cooking.

For those who wonder at the two cups per day. Ginger is a great laxative.....

Brilliant thank you for sharing

I heard it from a patient at clinic that he use ginger as a protective tea. So when I found this recipe I tried it and proved effective. Thanks and its great.

Great recipe i was trying to find a recipe for some heathly and organic tea recipe ur recipe was just what I was looking for thank you

Why only two cups a day? I am using it for acid reflux and I have a cup after meal. Sometimes I eat the pickled ginger.