Ginger Tea and the Benefits of Ginger

One of my favorite drinks in the universe is Ginger Tea, particularly when mixed with Peppermint Tea.

But there is a catch.  It’s not just any Ginger Tea.  I’ve tried Ginger Tea from normal health food or grocery stores and it’s been horrific in comparison.

The Ginger tea I drink comes from a very special farm in Oregon, Mountain Rose Herbs, which sells organic high quality herbs. It is basically dried up chopped pure ginger root which has not been harmfully treated, heated, or otherwise damaged in the ways that many herbs do get damaged while they are being processed.  Even though these herbs are not made specifically for use as tea (they are used for natural remedies and medicinal purposes) the tea that can be made from them is unlike any tea I have found elsewhere.

One of the health advantages of using loose-leaf tea is that you don’t have to use a teabag which has likely been bleached or otherwise chemically treated.

In any case, when you use real, pure, organically grown herbs to make your tea (which have not been heat dried or otherwise mistreated) you will not only see a big difference in health benefits, but in the taste of your tea.

My favorite mixture is ginger with peppermint, both mixed together with boiling water poured on top.

This drink can actually become addictive and it isn’t even toxic or unhealthy.  In fact, ginger is one of the healthiest substances on earth.

Here are just a few of the nutritional benefits of ginger:

  • Increases circulation (wakes you up, makes you feel alert, and helps get needed vitamins to all parts of your body).  It is thus used against circulatory disorders.
  • Helps to handle respiratory infections such as in colds and flues
  • It is very good for all-nighters – i.e., when you have to stay up late and work without sleep.
  • It can be very good for relieving nausea (as in pregnancy or motion sickness)Ginger has been said to help relieve menstrual cramps
  • Ginger has natural anti-stress qualities
  • Ginger is a good mouth freshener and can be used against bad breath
  • Ginger assists in digestion and is often used to combat stomach trouble (it is very powerful when used in conjunction with peppermint and fennel)
  • Ginger oil used in massage has anti-inflammatory properties and has thus been used to help relieve arthritis.
  • Ginger relieves gas and bloating
  • Ginger helps lower harmful cholesterol
  • It relieves headaches
  • It has been said to have anti-cancer properties and anti-plague properties

Again, organic high-quality ginger works much better than inferior varieties; it tastes better and has far better nutritional qualities.

Ginger can be used in a variety of ways.  One popular drink amongst the more robust of us is the “ginger shot” which is juice produced by putting ginger through a juicer along with some apple.  But watch out – this is a very strong drink.

Ginger is great when juiced along with other juices such as apple, carrot, etc.  You can experiment with it and see what you like the most.

If you have a cold or a flu, you can try boiling a bit of garlic with your ginger tea and then adding lemon and honey.

Ginger can also be added to other foods, such as in stir-fries, or salad dressings.

It is also a good coffee substitute.  It does not contain caffeine but contains invigoration qualities nonetheless.  The steam of boiling ginger or ginger tea also gives off a very pleasant fragrance which you can use to freshen your home.

For many centuries, ginger has been used for its therapeutic and stimulating properties.  It is widely available, inexpensive, and a pleasure to use.

Ginger tea can be made by shredding or cutting ginger and pouring hot water over it, or (even better) by simering the ginger to make the tea.  The tea can be prepared in the same way from dried shredded ginger.

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37 Responses to “Ginger Tea and the Benefits of Ginger”

  1. Cheryl December 28, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    Ginger is good for circulation to the extremities (arms and legs), so try it if you have cold hands or feet!

  2. marcella kendrick February 27, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    :cry: It has given me nothing but cramps and bloating and I’m constantly going to the bathroom. Thumbs down for now. This is my 2nd day trying it and not sure if there will be a 3rd!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anna February 28, 2009 at 6:51 am #

      There are a couple of possibilities as to why this might happen. You might be de-toxing.

      A chiropractor explained this to me this way. Whenever your body gets something to make it a little more healthy, it takes the opportunity to detox. When it is overloaded by not-the-best food, by toxins and other environmental stresses, a body can’t afford to get rid of its stored toxins, because it is already handling the ones that are coming at it in present time.

      It’s like an office worker having a very busy day, handling incoming calls, people, email and mail. She doesn’t have any time to get her filing done, so it piles up. One day, nobody is coming through the door and the phones are out of order. She’s had a good breakfast and feels cheerful. So she files! The paper is flying and trash cans are getting filled up and her hair is getting all disheveled. This chaos is the result of her energetically putting order into her area. Bodies apparently do this also. I’ve heard it said that a healthier person will get a cold in the winter, because the body can afford to do that detoxing when it is cold. But a person who gets summer colds has a body that needs to wait for warm weather to detox, because it can’t afford the additional stress of the cold. It’s an intriguing thought!

      If your body is trying to detox, help it. You might try an intestinal cleanse, and make sure to get some probiotics or good yogurt or kombucha to balance the population of unbeneficial bacteria that cause gas. Also, a soaking bath with herbs or Epsom salts in the water help to pull toxins out through the skin. A dry brush massage (brushing with a dry bath brush) before bathing helps open pores to allow toxins to go out into the water.

      The second possibility is that you are allergic to ginger or something else in the tea you are drinking.

      Legal Disclaimer: Nothing here constitutes official medical advice. Please consult your doctor.

      • Anna February 28, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

        P.S. One more thing. When you start to detox when taking an herb, cut way back on the amount you are using (it’s just too much of a good thing), even to nothing. Then, when you are finished detoxing for the time being, take just the smallest bit and slowly increase the dose on a gradient.

        (Legal Disclaimer: Nothing here constitutes official medical advice. Please consult your doctor.)

  3. Justin April 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Ginger tea tastes great as well. Mixing it with a little honey helps. I even add it to milk tea or coffee sometimes… I know it sounds weird!

    • Anna April 5, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

      I’m a big ginger fan but I have to admit, I haven’t tried it in milk or coffee yet! lol. Another thing which is really powerful is a ginger shot – fresh squeezed ginger juice in a bit of apple juice. Or if that is too strong, in a lot of apple juice. The apple makes it easier to drink and also to run through the juicer.

  4. coffee bean April 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    I love drinking ginger ale especially on hot summers! It’s refreshing and full of health benefits.

  5. Sean@Chiropractor Hampton June 2, 2009 at 4:37 am #

    That’s pretty interesting info on Ginger and its farming and preparation for tea and other things. Thanks, I’ve learned a lot!!!

  6. Paul Argent July 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    How many times a day can you drink a pure ginger cup of tea, I love it feels great but don’t want to over do, Truly Paul

    • Cheryl July 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

      You can use ginger freely. Read this article about ginger for more information.

      (Legal Disclaimer: Nothing here constitutes official medical advice. Please consult your doctor.)

  7. Anna July 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    Yes, I’ve never heard of “too much” ginger. Of course one can get too much of anything, even water. But if you still feel like drinking ginger, my personal opinion is that you probably need more of it!

  8. Jeff@Wichita Falls Chiropractor August 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    I have never tried ginger tea. I love to drink green tea, mainly for the health benefits. I am going to place an order from Pacific Botanicals and give it a try.

    Thanks for the tip.

  9. Beth@green tea September 23, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    I suggest not purchasing the typical ginger tea or tea bag, just buy a chunk of ginger and pulverize it or shred it and let that steep in very hot water. Add a little bit of lemon peel and you got your own fresh lemon ginger tea.

    • Cheryl September 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

      Yum! Fresh is best. Thanks, Beth

  10. Freddie @ probiotics October 1, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    As soon as possible, I will try ginger tea with honey, then I will try it with peppermint. Thanks for the post.

    I believe, you guys, that it is delicious and, of course, healthy as well.

    With products that have probiotics and with good sleep, enough water, rest, exercise and meditation, our bodies will be in good shape.

    I will buy some ginger tea, and I will send it as gifts to my friends. Last time, I gave them yogurt and kombucha. They liked it a lot.

    People often forget that healthy living is delicious. Mmmmm, I can’t wait for my ginger tea.

    • Cheryl October 1, 2009 at 10:26 am #

      Welcome, Freddie. Yes, I agree probiotics are important, even vital, for health. Although there are natural sources for them, such as yogurt and fermented foods, these foods have fallen out of many people’s diets. Supplements provide a high quantity of probiotics. This high quantity is especially helpful when a person’s intestinal bacteria and fungi have already become unbalanced.

  11. Matthew@Paper Shredding Chicago October 18, 2009 at 11:38 am #

    How would you say ginger tea compares to green tea?

  12. Ruth January 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    I love ginger too! I have used it often by boiling it and then placing a towel over my head and the pot and inhaling the steam it emits. This is great and soothing for your lungs. If you add a few drops of eucalyptus, it’s very good for congestion. I also drink Kombucha regularly for my immune system and to obtain the most important probiotics.

  13. Custom Motorcycle March 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    I agree, I’d rather see them spend their time and money developing more fuel-efficient vehicles than paying for peoples gas.

  14. prashantsnv@Colic September 2, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    Great article …Thanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting.I will be waiting for your next post.

  15. Kathy October 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I absolutely love ginger tea. I only recently started drinking it after reading on line and in a book by Andrew Weil and I am addicted. I have a very poor circulation problem, and I have noticed the difference in the first couple weeks of drinking the tea. My swelling has gone down a great deal in these two weeks. I am going to make this a part of my daily diet. I was also wondering about the question “Is it possible to drink too much?” I have a cup in the morning and then one or two in the evening. I hope not because I sure am feeling the benefits of this. Thanks for sharing all of the valuable info.

  16. Amina February 8, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    Have you ever tried Rooibos tea with a good helping of freshly shredded ginger–OOOHH yummy !!! both rooibos tea & ginger has good qualities & the two together makes a special combination of relaxing & refreshing beverage – this can be enjoyed both hot & iced- you cannot go wrong in this instance- this our normal beverage after each meal-

    • Cheryl February 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

      Hi, Amina. That tea does sound delicious. Rooibos tea is also known as red bush tea, and is good for preventing insomnia, so ideal for evening use. As to ginger, I love it with everything. You are right, the fresh ginger is the best!

  17. Care Bear March 25, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Ok, I found this site because I wanted to know something. I found a so-called recipe which says “no more angiogram.” Now it calls for ginger juice, garlic juice, apple cider vinegar; boil the three juices and add to 2 cups of honey. Now I’m wondering why I need to boil the juices. Will they not lose their nutrients or potency? Also, boiling the garlic juice makes the juice green. Does anyone know if it’s necessary to boil the juices.

    • Cheryl March 25, 2011 at 9:46 am #

      Hi, Care Bear. An angiogram is an X-ray test that uses a special dye and camera to take pictures of the blood flow in an artery or vein. Ginger is good for the circulation, particularly in the arms and legs. Garlic has numerous health-giving qualities. Ginger or garlic juice can be made with a blender, followed by letting the juice drip through an unbleached coffee filter and refrigerating. I don’t see any reason to boil or cook this mixture. I believe raw would be preferable. However, it might help to heat (not boil) the mixture to help the honey to liquify and mix in better.

  18. Helen April 11, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Having fought heartburn off and on over the past few years, I recently started drinking ginger tea rather than taking omeprazole (that I think was giving me side effects) for my heartburn. I am frustrated over my doctor(s) always thinking that a pill is the only solution for a problem. I am tired of spending money on drugs that could do me more harm than good. I use an organic ginger aid in tea bag form, Traditional Medicinals, that I purchased at a local GNC store. I have been sipping on it during the day, before and after eating, and after 8 days it really seems to be working on keeping my heartburn at bay. I am concerned about the fact that I have read that ginger could thin the blood. I was taking 1 baby aspirin a day but have stopped since I read that ginger might thin the blood. So how many cups of ginger tea a day would be safe for us?

    • Cheryl April 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi, Helen.
      Ginger does have the beneficial effect of “thinning blood,” and helping to prevent the undesirable blood clotting of moving blood (as opposed to the beneficial clotting at the site of an injury). Any warnings of “too much ginger” that I have seen are in connection with drinking a large amount of ginger tea (and some other herbal infusions) at the same time as taking certain drugs. Please consult your doctor on this question, if you are taking medication.

  19. Vicky May 23, 2011 at 3:07 am #

    Hi, Everyone. I was having stomach problems and, while looking for a home remedy on the Internet, I came across this. The Ginger tea has helped me a lot, although I was not sure at first as my tummy started working overtime. After a couple of days and a decrease in dosage, everything is fine. My son is mad about the smell of ginger and he is only 6. Can ginger tea be given to children?

    • Cheryl May 23, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      Hi, Vicky.

      Yes, Ginger tea can be given to children. You can also buy or make ginger candy, which he might like. To purchase it, go to a health food store, look for crystallized ginger, preferably the kind that is brownish, rather than light yellow, since this will not have been preserved with sulphur. You can also buy online NOW Foods Crystallized Ginger Slices with No Sulfur.

  20. Princess September 10, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Hi, I’m 20 years old and want to lose a few pounds. I was told that ginger tea would be best for that.
    Is it true? I really wanna lose weight in a healthy way.

    • Cheryl September 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

      @ Princess: Ginger could be part of a program for losing weight, but not a “magic pill” for that. Ginger helps with your digestion and blood circulation, along with its other beneficial effects. The best advice I’ve ever gotten on losing weight is to not eat any “empty calories” that just leave you hungry for nutrients – for real food. These are the main foods that contain empty calories: white sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils (processed peanut butter, processed cheese, etc.), & high fructose corn syrup. Read the labels. Eat fresh food as much as you can – not packaged or processed. Good luck and happy slimming!

  21. viewsum September 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Want to ask – what about if we compare ginger tea and green tea (from health aspect). Which one is more effective for our health?

  22. menstrual cramps November 8, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    I was having stomach problems, and, while looking for a home remedy on the Internet, I came across this. The ginger tea has helped me a lot; I use an organic ginger aid in tea bag form (Traditional Medicinals) that I purchased at a local GNC store.

  23. beverage November 15, 2011 at 4:15 am #

    I think Ginger tea is more effective than green tea, In my opinion, it helps with a lot of illnesses and is good for a sore throat, too :)

  24. yeey November 16, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    “I was having stomach problems, and, while looking for a home remedy on the Internet, I came across this. The ginger tea has helped me a lot; I use an organic ginger aid in tea bag form (Traditional Medicinals) that I purchased at a local GNC store.”

    I was having the same problem and now I drink the same stuff (ginger aid) with honey. It helped with my nervous stomach.. in fact.. for whatever reason, my stomach has normalized to the point where I’ve eaten problem foods (such as dairy) at meals, yet I don’t get hit by my foods afterward. That’s not to say that I’m going to start eating badly again. It’s just nice that there’s some solid relief.

  25. fecruz January 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    It’s been a long time since I’ve taken up freshly boiled ginger tea. I’ve proven it’s an anti-inflammatory solution, but during the time I was experimenting with ginger tea, I lost a lot of my normal weight, because ginger burns fats. When I decided to stop taking ginger tea, my weight came back up. But I need to heal my arthritis pain and solve my inflammation problem. Anyway, it’s better to be thin than suffering a pain from the inflammation of arthritis.

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