Fresh ginger is the superhero of healing remedies. Exalted for its ability to stimulate digestion, ease nausea, reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and break up congestion, it’s a must-have ingredient, especially during cold, flu, and allergy seasons.
This recipe calls for a hint of lemon and optional raw honey to cut the spiciness of the ginger. The lemon also adds a bit of brightness, while the honey soothes the palate.
Healing Ginger-Lemon Tea
2 cups water
10 thin slices of fresh ginger
1 lemon slice
Raw honey (optional)
- Bring water to a boil. Add ginger, cover, and reduce heat. Gently simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let steep for another 15 minutes.
- Squeeze the lemon slice over a mug, then drop in the lemon. Pour the steeped ginger tea into the mug through a strainer.
- Add honey to taste if desired. Enjoy warm.
- Ginger-Orange Tea. Replace the lemon slice with an orange slice.
- Light Ginger Tea. If ginger is too spicy for you, try using a little less. Start with about 5 slices, and see how it tastes.
- Ginger Tea with Lavender Honey. Opt for raw lavender honey for a kiss of calm. You can skip the lemon if you find the lavender honey lends enough flavor.
Remove the seeds from the lemon before adding it to your mug. You don’t want to worry about pits while you’re enjoying your tea.
In Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is especially beneficial in spring or “kapha” season. This time of year is known for its dampness, and ginger can help decrease associated congestion.
Ginger can be incredibly healing, but those with severe digestive issues may want to speak with a functional medicine doctor before consuming it. Always, listen to your body.