This lemon ginger tea recipe is a wonderful immune system booster.
Ginger and lemon have tremendous benefits for our health. Both are wonderful immune system builders, which our bodies need at all times, but in certain situations it’s even more important.
When it’s cold and flu season or we are in the midst of a virus outbreak, it’s even more important to make sure our immune systems are strong. This healthy ginger drink goes a long way in helping you do that.
The Health Benefits of Ginger
The health benefits of ginger have been known for centuries. Ginger is known to fight germs and bacteria.
Compounds found in ginger have been proven to stop the growth of bacteria like E.coli and shigella and it is thought that they may also help to keep viruses at bay as well.
Ginger has also been proven to calm nausea, sooth sore muscles, lower cholesterol and relieve indigestion.
The Health Benefits of Lemon
The abundance of Vitamin C in lemons boosts the immune system. Lemons also contain antibacterial and antiviral components that help the body to fight infections. The juice and rind of lemons helps to relax our lungs. They also reduce inflammation in the body, soothe sore throats and thin out mucus, which makes it easier to expel from our bodies.
With all of the amazing health benefits of ginger and lemon, you can see why this “tea” is important for us. It is one you may want to make regularly, but especially during trying times.
These days it is even more important than ever that we keep our immune systems as strong as possible. That’s not always easy in this day of fast food, frozen meals and rushed schedules. So brewing a pot of this ginger tea and consuming it on a regular basis is a real help.
I try to make a pot at least once a week. You can see below that once it’s made you can store it for a few days and enjoy the taste and the benefits of this lemon and ginger tea daily.
Why not give it a try? It’s potent but SO good for us.
Lemon Ginger Tea
- 1 cup ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 lemon, washed and cut in half
- 1 cinnamon stick, or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to be added at the end
- 2 tablespoons honey, adjust to your taste
- Bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a pot with a lid.
- While the water is heating, juice the washed lemon and set aside the juice for later. Cut the lemon peel with whatever flesh is still attached into small pieces, about 1/2 inch in size. Don't worry too much about the size of the pieces, just know that smaller pieces will give the tea more flavor.
- Peel the ginger and cut it into small pieces.
- When the water comes to a boil, immediately turn it down to medium low. Add the ginger, lemon pieces and a cinnamon stick broken into 2 pieces.
- Simmer the mixture on medium low for about 30 minutes.
- If you are using ground cinnamon add it near the end of the simmering time.
- Once the tea has finished boiling, add the fresh lemon juice to the lemon ginger tea. Stir in a couple of tablespoons of honey (or whatever amount suits your taste) and stir it until the honey has melted into the tea.
- Serve while it's nice and hot.
Tips and Variations:
- The honey is optional but it’s pretty healthy and really adds a nice taste to the tea, so go ahead and use it.
- I would not use sugar or artificial sweeteners in this ginger tea. You are making a healthy drink to boost your health and sugar isn’t really part of that goal. Use stevia if you really don’t want the honey.
- Add some fresh mint to your tea before drinking it for even more flavor. Crush it a bit with a spoon to release the flavor.
Lemon and Ginger Iced TeaThis ginger tea with lemon and cinnamon makes a fabulous iced tea for hot weather. Just cool the brewed tea completely and add as many ice cubes as you want.
Sweeten the tea with honey while it is still warm to make sure the honey melts properly and mixes thoroughly with the tea.
If you like this ginger tea, have a look at our recipe for carrot, apple and ginger juice. It is super healthy too.
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