If you are looking for a great way to kick your cold this winter, Lemon ginger tea is an amazing way to help you feel better!
Besides being a good way to help kick a fever, it also has a plethora of other health benefits including:
- Helps fight possible bacterial infections (mainly salmonella)
- Can temporally relieve sinus pressure, congestion, runny nose, sore throat and coughing
- Helps with digestive health (including acid reflux and nausea from motion sickness, morning sickness or nausea from chemotherapy)
- Can possibly help relieve inflammation and subside osteoarthritis pain.
The best lemon ginger tea I have found in the store so far is made by Tazo. Finding a good store bought tea is all up to your own personal taste:
I am going to try to make more of my own tea now at home and I am going to try to use my french press to do so.
Here is a recipe I found that seems very simple for making your own Lemon Ginger Tea at home:
- water, 4 cups
- 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
- optional: honey and lemon slice
Peel the ginger root and slice it into thin slices. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Once it is boiling, add the ginger. Cover it and reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea. Add honey and lemon to taste.
Note: Keep in mind that if you are making ginger tea as a home remedy during cold and flu season, sweeteners are not recommended.
Another way to try is to peel and grate the ginger root and steep it in boiling water (there is where my french press comes in) until it has reached your desired strength.
The pharmacist in me feels the need to make you aware that, as with pharmaceuticals, herbs can also contain compounds that can cause side effects and interactions with other medications. Side effects and interactions with ginger supplements or dosages of natural ginger are very low but some precautions:
If taken in high doses the herb may cause mild heartburn, diarrhea, and irritation of the mouth.
People with gallstones should ask their doctor before taking ginger
Blood-thinning medications — Ginger may increase the risk of bleeding. Talk to your doctor before taking ginger if you take blood-thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) or aspirin.
Diabetes medications — Ginger may lower blood sugar, raising the risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
High blood pressure medications — Ginger may lower blood pressure, raising the risk of low blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.