This Is Why You Should Add Ginger and Lemon to Your Tea

Making a simple homemade tea with ginger and lemon isn't just tasty—these two simple ingredients boast major health benefits.

There’s a dearly held belief that a cup of tea can solve just about anything. In the case of ginger and lemon tea, it might just be true. This tasty home remedy is not only fantastic when you have a cold, but sipping on a cup of ginger lemon tea has a host of other advantages, too.

Why You Need More Ginger in Your Life

This humble root has been used in traditional medicine for centuries as a way to ease digestive ailments. Today, we know our forebears were on to something! One recent study found that ginger helps combat nausea in pregnant women and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Ginger also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can help your immune system.

The best part? Ginger is absolutely delicious and easy to sneak into all sorts of recipes.

Reasons to Love Lemon

Like most citrus fruits, lemons are chock-full of vitamin C, which is good for the immune system and can help fight infections. The vitamin C found in lemons is a powerful antioxidant and it may even help control blood pressure. A spritz of lemon is the perfect way to add some oomph to your beverages, too.

How to Make Ginger and Lemon Tea

This simple sipper is a great alternative if you’re trying to cut down on soda or are tired of endlessly chugging plain water.  From being a total lifesaver—coming to the rescue for indigestion and bloating if you’ve overindulged at dinner—to shoring up your immune system when you’ve caught a bug, a mug of ginger and lemon tea is definitely a good thing.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 cups of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Step 1: Prep Ingredients

Heat water in a kettle. While water is on the boil, grate fresh ginger root and put into a tea infuser (like this one). Cut a slice of fresh lemon and place into your mug.

Step 2: Steep

When the water has boiled, pour into your mug, over the infuser, and allow everything to steep for about 3-5 minutes. Remove the infuser and serve with a teaspoon of honey, if desired.

You can definitely tweak this recipe to suit your tastes. Feeling queasy? Grate a touch more fresh ginger into your brew. Have a sore throat? Add extra honey to sweeten the deal—just don’t go overboard. As long as you’re not adding spoonfuls of honey, this healthy tea makes for a fairly low-calorie drink you can enjoy throughout the day.

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.