Oct
17

How To Make Ginger Tea And The Health Benefits Of Ginger

Today, I decided to relax with a cup of fresh lemon ginger tea, since the weather is quite miserable outside. Since it was so enjoyable and easy to make, I decided to post about it. There are so many emotional and physical benefits to be gained by drinking homemade ginger tea. It is known to aid in the digestive process, reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, fight colds, build the immune system, and reduce nausea and symptoms of morning sickness. I find that drinking ginger tea reduces stress and is very comforting, especially on cold rainy days. There are so many ways to prepare it, but I find the simplest method to be the best.

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First, I peel a fresh piece of organic ginger root and then cut about 12 to 15 pieces which are each about the size of a quarter. You could peel the ginger root with a traditional vegetable peeler, but a spoon works great to get into those nooks and crannies.

Next, add the pieces of ginger to a small saucepan with about 2 cups of water and heat to boiling.

When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat to a low/medium simmer and simmer the ginger root pieces for about 15 minutes. While the tea is simmering, I like to squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon into my tea mug. After 15 minutes, strain the tea into a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup.

Pour the liquid from the pyrex cup into your tea mug with the lemon juice. If you want your tea to be spicier, take a couple of pieces of the ginger root out of the strainer and drop them into your tea cup. You could just leave them in the cup for a stronger ginger tea, which I always do. That’s it! Lovely ginger tea with lemon…

 

I love the following video clip showing how to prepare ginger tea because the woman in the video, Sumeiyu, is so adorable and inspirational. I love how she talks about ginger tea as if it is “the answer” to all of life’s problems from bad colds to depression caused by financial problems. In this video, Sumeiyu does not peel her ginger root and she pounds the cut pieces to separate the roots. For the record, I always peel my ginger root and I do not pound the roots. She also prepares her ginger tea with honey, but vegans don’t use honey. Once again, lemon juice works great for me. You could also use agave nectar, brown rice syrup or stevia to sweeten your tea, if you wish.

If you are interested in learning about the health benefits of ginger tea, then enjoy this informative video too. The preparation of the tea in this video also involves honey, which I would exclude from my tea; but I think this video is great!

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Comments

  1. Love ginger, the stronger the better.

  2. Any suggestions if the outside fits the profile of good ginger, but the inside center is blue\gray in color? I’m not referring to a ring,..

    • Sorry, I’m stumped with this one. Root vegetables are supposed to last a very long time, so I’d be surprised if the ginger went bad. On the other hand, the inside center of my ginger roots have never been blue/gray. I will google this issue and get back to you. Are you sure you’re not talking about a ring?

      • If you would agree Debby, I’d like to send you some photos of what I’m talking about.

        Also, I would like to thank you for taking your valuable time to reply to my comment.

    • I know EXACTLY what you’re referring to. Just as a potatoes, pears, apples, turn brown from bruising and exposure to oxygen/air, I believe that’s what happens with Ginger.

    • Blue-Ring Ginger:

      If you notice a blue ring after slicing your fresh ginger, do not be alarmed. It is not mold or fungus. It is simply a Hawaiian variety of ginger known as blue-ring ginger or Chinese white ginger.

      Ginger cultivation became an important crop in Hawaii in the early 1980′s, just as the pineapple and sugar cane industries were fading. Now the islands produce nearly all the commercial ginger grown in the United States, 13.5 million pounds last year.

      Almost all of the Hawaiian crop is blue-ring ginger, which is sometimes called Chinese white ginger, a high-yielding variety that is juicier, more aromatic, larger and cleaner than lesser-quality gingers from other countries.

  3. When I would make my ginger, I would make Cinnamon/Ginger/Green tea together. Then I would add honey, lime and African Birdseye cayenne powder.

  4. I’ve been making a version of this a litre at a time for several years. To keep the ginger fresh, I freeze the roots as soon as I get them home from the store. I use a Lee Valley Tools rasp (http://www.leevalley.com/US/garden/page.aspx?p=32458) to finely grate my frozen ginger but I never peel it first…it does not affect the tea at all…really! I put about 2 Tablespoons of frozen finely grated ginger into my tea infuser, top that with the juice and rasped zest of 1/2 a fresh lemon, then pour about a litre (4 cups) boiling water over the whole thing and let it steep about 10 minutes before removing the infuser, adding some stevia drops and enjoying. It is also lovely in the summer as an iced drink.

  5. Melody Sciortino says:

    I definitely have had the blue/gray color on the inside and that is the most freshest ginger you can get. If you’ve noticed, it’s actually juicy and easier to cut when that fresh. Be happy that you actually found fresh ginger!

  6. I use a little maple syrup in my ginger tea as a sweatener.. It does the same job as honey with similar health benefits and is suitable for vegans too!

  7. After juicing the ginger can I dry the pulp and use the same as powdered ginger in recipes?

  8. When making ginger tea, has anyone ever had it turn out in a dark brown colour? I’ve personally never had ginger tea turn out in a dark brown colour. I’ve followed the same process that I’ve always made it, but it’s different this time.

    Thanks,
    Zexx

  9. Suneeta Barsatee says:

    I love to add crushed cardamom pods and cinnamon to this tea for added benefits.

  10. The amount of ginger in the picture seems a lot! I’ve experimented of the years and found that I can use half the amount if it has been grated. Personally I keep the skin on!

    I do more or less the same but just simmer it from the beginning for about 15 mins, adding a bit more water as it obviously reduces!

    :-)

  11. does the boiling water damage any of the nutrients in the ginger. There are natural health promoting oils in ginger are they damaged by the heat?

  12. Can I freeze/thaw whole pieces of ginger? Thank you for this blog! I have a condition which causes frequent nausea, and have tried many different meds, to no avail! Ginger was recommended to me, so my newest obsession is learning everything I can about what to do with it. There are lots of discussions online, but yours is the first I’ve found that is current, so I’m hoping I can post a question and one of you ginger-smart people will help! I froze a chunk of ginger in a freezer-safe Rubbermaid container. I thawed it in the refrigerator, planning to slice it the following day to make ginger candy. Sadly, when it thawed, it was soft, mushy and oozing liquid, so I threw it away. Although many people grate and freeze, or freeze then grate the frozen root, I did find one person on YouTube who does what I did. She also peels and slices some and freezes it that way, which sounds perfect for me. Can anyone please tell me what I did wrong? Thank you and God bless you all. I can’t tell you how much help you are!

    • First of all, thank you for your lovely comment. We’re so glad you found our blog. However, I have to admit that I never freeze my ginger roots because they last quite a while in my refrigerator. I have no idea why yours get soft and mushy when frozen . Maybe try freezing it in a ziploc bag instead of a Rubbermaid container. What did that woman on You Tube do?

  13. Cheryl Altemose says:

    Hi Debbie, I brewed ginger tea from the root but I used a garlic mincer, put the minced ginger in a little brewing cup and used our Keurig coffee maker instead of boiling the tea on the stove. The water that comes out of the Keurig is very hot, do you think that brewing it this way is enough time to get the benefits of the ginger?

    Cheryl

    • Hi Cheryl! Yes, I do think that steeping the root in hot water from your Keurig is enough to get the benefits of the ginger. As long as you let it sit in the very hot water for long enough to turn the tea a goldenish color. xoxo

  14. Hi, I just wanted to ask, I only have the dried ginger pieces and was wondering if using them would work as well? I have no way of grinding it up unless you might have a good creative way of doing it with a different household object. Thank you for taking the time to read my question.

  15. Can I refrigerate before drinking and get the same benefits?

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