Beat Indigestion using Fresh Ginger Tea with Lemon

Beat Indigestion using Fresh Ginger Tea with Lemon

You may have heard by now that ginger is excellent for improving digestion and releasing bloating. Here’s a way to get your ginger in without also picking up extra unwanted ingredients. Ever tried making fresh ginger tea?

Ginger can be a pretty intense flavor so it’s often accompanied by sugar. I admit I used to be addicted to ginger chews which are really just a glorified version of candied ginger!

My mother used to keep gingerale around the house as a magical tonic for when us girls were feeling sick. Upset stomach? Out it came. I still have those associations even though I haven’t drunk soda in years. It’s funny now that I realize it was the ginger that we were seeking out. So why not remove the middleman?

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When to Drink Ginger Tea

  • Before a meal
    • To help increase digestibility, especially of greasy, unhealthy food
  • When feeling bloated or nauseous
    • To help ease stomach discomfort and release built up gas
  • Before a flight
    • To combat motion sickness
  • As a hangover cure
    • To settle your stomach and relieve nausea
  • During pregnancy
    • Doses as small as those in tea or food are safe for mothers-to-be, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, and can help quell morning sickness

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    I’m drinking some right now as I write this post!

What Does Ginger Do?

  • Stimulates Digestion
    • stimulates production of saliva, bile, gastric juices, etc.
    • drink just before a meal or small amounts during
    • prevents gas
  • Beats Bloating
    • relaxes muscles, relieving cramping
  • Reduces Flatulence
    • relaxes muscles to release trapped gas
    • less chance of backed up, fermenting food in digestion system
  • Prevents Acid Reflux
    • reduces inflammation
  • Improves circulation
    • Boosts blood flow, including flow to organs
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Ginger tea – the only ingredients you really need are fresh (or frozen) ginger and lemon.

So that you always have ginger around: Store a piece of ginger root in the freezer. When you want to make tea, just pull it out and zest/grate it into your mug (or stir-fry for that matter). Then stick it back in the freezer for later.

How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea

Stovetop:

  • Heat water on stove
  • Add about a teaspoon-sized piece of ginger and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Strain and squeeze lemon juice in to taste
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Making ginger tea on the stovetop – I grated it and added some larger pieces, but you can keep it simple!

Kettle:

  • Grate 1/2 tsp ginger into a tea ball or strainer and add to a mug.
  • Pour hot water over ginger and let sit for a few minutes.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste.
Ginger Tea strained mug
If you want to remove the ginger pulp from your stovetop tea, it may be easier to strain it into a glass measuring cup and then into your cup.

Honey is often recommended for sweetening ginger tea. Instead, try dropping in a date or two and let it soak for a couple of minutes. You can also add some non-dairy milk to cool it down. Sip and enjoy.

Now your turn. What is your favorite healthy way to relieve nausea or indigestion? Leave it in the comments.

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10 Responses to Beat Indigestion using Fresh Ginger Tea with Lemon

  1. Thanks for this post. I am on the path to cure my acid reflux in a healthy way. My daughter bought some ginger honey tea and I wondered would this be a good tea for AR. I googled my question and up popped your article. I will purchase some real ginger and lemons to make my own tea. However, until then I will use what I have. Again, thank you SO much for your post!!

  2. I’ve suffered for years with pain..tablets & gaviscon im sick of! but got to the point of not working to ease pain…tryed boiling root ginger with honey …not took a pill or gaviscon since that was 4 months ago ….ginger

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