Winter is here, the days are shorter. Warm one day and freezing the next. Lots of colds, flu, sniffles going around. My husband is especially prone to allergies, colds, etc. We’ve tried different things, and so far his favorite is ginger tea, or I should say ginger tisane.
A lot of drinks are called teas or herbal teas which have no tea in them. Thus their proper name is tisane. I really don’t care what you call them, your choice. I’m using the term ginger tea because that is how I’ve known it. Keep in mind, my ginger tea has no tea in it, technically a tisane.
First we tried some tomato juice (or v-8) with lemon juice, lots of garlic, dash of hot sauce. He couldn’t tell whether it helped him or not. He wasn’t sure about trying the ginger tea, didn’t care for the taste of ginger, or so he thought. On the other day, ginger tea he came to love. The days I made ginger tea, he felt better, less of a cough. Days without, not as good. If his job has him working outside in nasty weather, ginger tea is the first thing he wants when he comes home.
How to Make Ginger Tea
- Ginger (the root or rhizome, not the powdered stuff)
- Lemon juice (freshly squeezed juice but also used bottled lemon juice) try lime or orange to vary taste
- Honey (I use local honey for added benefit)
I thinly slice up some ginger. Some say grate the ginger, some say peel the ginger. I’ve not found a difference in my tea so I simply chop up the ginger, as that is easiest for me.
I use about 2-3 Tablespoons of chopped up ginger to 3-4 cups of water. I don’t measure, you can if you want. If you want it stronger, more ginger or less water. I bring it to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes or so. Put a lid on it or much of the water leaves as steam, creating a stronger tea.
Next I strain the tea into a cup. Add lemon juice and honey to taste. I use a spoonful of honey per serving, some like more than that. Adjust the recipe to taste. Enjoy! Especially good on cold days or when you are feeling chilled.
Other ways to Make Ginger Tea
- Use pre-made ginger tea bags. I’ve not tried this, can’t comment on it.
- A friend of mine said her mother would use the powdered ginger and cream for a tea which helped her cramps.
- Slice up your lemon with the ginger before boiling. I’ve tried this, my husband doesn’t care for the taste.
- Slice up ginger and lemon into a pint jar, cover with honey, let it sit for a few weeks. You may want to refrigerate it. Pretty jar, no need to wait for ginger to boil. You have to stir the jar or the honey settles to the bottom, lemon juice at the top. Simply add a tablespoon or two to a cup of hot water. Works, haven’t found it to be as strong, can add more to the cup. My husband prefers freshly simmered ginger tea to the jar.
Benefits of Ginger Tea
I am not a doctor, nor a medical researcher. I can’t say how ginger tea will help you. I do know it is packed full of stuff known to be good for you. My husband loves it. Everyone is different, try different things and see what works well for you. Bea of Sage Hill Farms finds thyme tisane great for congestion, although not as tasty. I do know if my husband wasn’t drinking the ginger tea, he’d be guzzling diet Mountain Dew. Healthier alternative by far.
Because we use and love Ginger, I’m learning about growing our own. I have a little bit of ginger rhizomes coming in the mail to try growing this year. I love EastBranchGinger’s site, and they also have turmeric starts. They sell out quickly. I’d have ordered this year but minimum order is 5 lbs, I have limited space, and I wanted to try various varieties (which they have) but not a 5 lb variety pkg.
Please share your thoughts and experiences with ginger in the comments below.