A hot cup of ginger tea made with fresh ginger root is not only tasty, but it is also healthy and a good relief for colds and flu. Ginger is known to be one of the healthiest plants on earth, and the nice thing is that it’s also delicious. Read this article and learn a fresh ginger tea recipe that you will fall in love with!
Ginger Has Many Health Benefits
The health benefits and medicinal properties of ginger have been known and used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound found in ginger. Gingerol is a strong antioxidant and it also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger helps with digestion by relieving gastrointestinal irritation and stimulating the production of bile and saliva. Besides, ginger is a known remedy for nausea. It is often used by cancer patients and pregnant women.
Ginger is a good remedy for colds and flu with cough and sore throat. Ginger’s antioxidants boost your immune system and its anti-inflammatory properties help with getting rid of the inflammation in your body. It can also help with suppressing cough and getting the phlegm out of your body.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can also help in reducing the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. Research also suggests that ginger may lower cholesterol levels and help in preventing cancer.
Ginger Tea Recipe from Fresh Ingredients
Making ginger tea from fresh ingredients is quite easy. All you need is fresh ginger root, water, a knife, and a kettle and a stove or an electric water boiler. However, if you want to make it really good, there is a couple of additional advice I want to share.
Ingredients – Quality Matters!
The most important ingredient of ginger tea is, of course, ginger. I recommend using organic ginger root that is as fresh as possible. The best option is to grow your own ginger, it’s actually quite easy and even grow it indoors!
The quality of water also has a big impact on the tea. Fresh natural spring water is the best option for making ginger tea (or any other tea). You can also use regular filtered water.
I always add some honey to my ginger tea. I prefer using organic raw honey. It has the least amount of pesticides, and it has beneficial enzymes that are destroyed if the honey is processed using heat.
A grater or a zester is very useful when making ginger tea from fresh ginger root. When the ginger is in smaller pieces you don’t have to steep it for a long time or use a large amount of it to make a strong and nice tasting tea. You can also do fine with just a sharp knife.
How to Prepare It
- 1-2 tablespoons (or more) of grated ginger
- 2 cups (0.5 liters) of water
- optional: 1-2 tablespoons of honey
- Peel and grate the ginger. How much ginger you want to use, is a matter of preference. You can start with one tablespoon. If you are using a knife, slice the ginger into thin slices and use more than one tablespoon. If the slices are thicker you must steep the ginger for a long time.
- Boil water and add the ginger and freshly boiled water into a kettle (or teapot) and cover it. Let it steep for about 10 minutes (or 15 minutes if you used slices instead of grated ginger). If you want extra strong ginger tea, just add more ginger and keep in a simmering in a kettle for up to half an hour.
- Pour into teacups through a strainer. Add the raw honey if you want it sweet. It is important to not add the honey earlier when the tea is boiling hot because this will destroy the enzymes.
- Enjoy the tea! Or you can let it cool down and then put it into a refrigerator to make some delicious ice-tea.
Different Versions of Fresh Ginger Tea
There are many delicious variations of ginger tea. You can combine ginger with other ingredients to make a tea with an interesting blend of different tastes and more health benefits. Some of the best ingredients to combine with ginger are fresh turmeric and licorice root, fresh mint leaves, lemon juice or peel, cinnamon, chamomile flowers or even black pepper or cayenne pepper.
When using any of the above-mentioned ingredients, just add them at the same time with the ginger, except for lemon juice. Lemon juice should be added just before drinking the tea (at the same time with honey) to preserve its vitamins and other micronutrients.
Here is an interesting video about making lemon ginger tea in just a few minutes, check it out!
How to Prepare Ginger-Infused Honey
Infusing ginger in honey is an excellent way of preserving its qualities. Also, making ginger tea becomes very fast and easy when using ginger-infused honey. It’s also very easy to make it.
Take a large piece of fresh ginger root (for example 2-3 inches) and peel it. Then cut into very thin slices or leave it as bigger chunks. If you cut it into smaller slices the infusion will happen faster but it is harder to remove the pieces from the honey. When using fresh ginger root (which contains water) you have to be careful not to raise the water content of the honey above 20%. If the water content gets too high a yeast fermentation process might begin and the honey could get spoiled. You can use dried ginger to be sure to avoid the fermentation.
Next, you can warm the honey a little bit to make it more liquid and to evaporate some water to avoid fermentation, or you can just use it as it is. Put the ginger and honey in a jar, mix with a spoon and cover with an airtight lid. You can also add other ingredients, such as lemon slices or lemon zest, into the honey. Leave to a cupboard for at least 2 weeks to infuse. You can shake the jar a little bit every once in a while to make the infusion faster.
Ginger Infused Vodka
If you like alcoholic drinks, you can also try making ginger-infused vodka. You can use a similar method than with honey, except there is no need to heat the vodka and the infusion is much faster. If you crate the ginger and shake the jar firmly, your ginger-infused vodka will be ready in half an hour! You can use a strainer or a cloth to remove the ginger pieces from the liquid.
Your Favorite Fresh Ginger Tea Recipe
After reading this article, you should now have a lot of ideas on how to make ginger tea using fresh ginger root and combining it with other ingredients. Experiment with different amounts of ginger and combinations of other ingredients to find your personal favorites. You can also prepare ginger-infused honey so that you can prepare your ginger tea in an instant.
Maybe sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to prepare fresh ginger tea and you might want to prepare the tea with a tea bag or loose leaf tea. Check out this article to find some great ginger tea products.
My favorite way of preparing ginger tea is to use a lot of fresh organic ginger and adding some lemon and raw honey. Often I also add some fresh mint leaves or turmeric. Mint works especially well if you are making ginger ice-tea. Please comment below and tell me your favorite way of preparing ginger tea!