Ginger Root Tea

Homemade ginger tea recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
304 Calories
2g Fat
72g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 304
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Protein 6g
Calcium 82mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea. When made with fresh ginger root, it will be far tastier than ginger tea brewed from a stale tea bag. It's a healthy drink that's great for digestion, with a reputation for being soothing and healing.

Try this simple and easy-to-make ginger tea as an invigorating way to start your day. This recipe comes from a raw food and natural health retreat center in Thailand. They serve it to their guests bright and early every morning.


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  • 2 tablespoons ginger root (fresh, raw, about 2 inches of ginger root)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar, to taste)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (juice of 1/2 lime)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for ginger tea
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  2. First, prepare the fresh ginger by peeling it and slicing it thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.

    Prepare the ginger
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  3. Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger.

    Ginger in water
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  4. Remove it from the heat and add the lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste and enjoy your ginger tea.

    Remove ginger from heat
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  • The secret to the perfect healing ginger tea is lots and lots of fresh ginger, simmered for a long time to bring out the flavor. You really can't overdo it, so feel free to add as much ginger and keep it simmering for as long as you want.
  • Ginger root is readily available in the vegetable section of most grocery stores, or you can find it at an Asian market.
  • The roots are typically about 1 inch in diameter and a 2-inch section should yield about 2 tablespoons of sliced ginger. If you are using weight, a 2-inch segment should be about 0.5 ounces.
  • If you have leftover ginger root, you can freeze it to use later. This will work perfectly well for ginger tea.
  • For tea throughout your week, make a big batch by doubling or tripling the recipe. Store the tea in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Drink it cold or heat it up, one cup at a time.

Recipe Variations

  • Natural agave nectar or honey is used as a sugar-free sweetener, but you can also enjoy this tea unsweetened, depending on your health goals or personal taste. Some people like it sweeter, but it's still delicious unsweetened.
  • If you do enjoy your tea sweetened, you might also like to try this recipe with brown rice syrup as an alternative sweetener.
  • Fresh lime juice complements the ginger perfectly and adds some vitamin C to start the day.
  • Try this Honey Lemon Ginger Tea version.

Ginger in Other Recipes

If you'd like to use ginger in other recipes, you can make a vegetable stir-fry with a light lemon and ginger sauce, or a homemade carrot and ginger soup topped with fresh cilantro. For something completely different, try a sweet and spicy cold mango soup