Home Made Ginger Tea

Happy Friday friends!  I’m so glad it’s almost the weekend…this means sleeping in, Dutch Baby Pancakes, lazy afternoons and possible a little bit of shopping.  This gal needs some retail therapy…winters will do that to a person.

I have wanted to share this Home Made Ginger Tea recipe with your for a couple of years now, but I just never seemed to get around to it, even though we drink this tea almost every night.  For real, almost every night…ok at least 3 or 4 times a week.  It’s become part of my husband and my nightly ritual.  The kids go to bed, tea simmers on the stove.  It’s so comforting and I look forward to it every day.

Aside from the fact that this tea is hot, spicy and so full of flavour, it’s healthy too.  We love the taste and the ritual of it, but we also drink this tea for it’s health benefits:  Please note I am not a doctor, I wish I was, but alas I am not. These are just some health tidbits I found floating around the interwebs.  The overall lesson here…this is just really good tea…and it’s probably good for you too.  🙂

  • Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps with nausea, circulation, stomach cramps and bloating, and it also improves the absorption of nutrients.
  • Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C, it helps flush toxins out of your body, it has powerful natural antibiotic properties, it’s good for your liver and skin, it helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints…
  • Cinnamon has been thought to help with blood sugar control, it has natural antimicrobial properties, it is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fibre, it’s a powerful antioxidant…on and on…and it’s delicious too!
  • Honey is antibacterial and anti-fungal, it’s probiotic, it’s good for you skin, and it helps with sore throats and coughs.
  • Cayenne Pepper is a good source of essential minerals and vitamins C and A, it’s beneficial to the circulatory system…plus it adds pizzazz to your tea.  True story.

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So I dedicate this tea to my Mom, who has been asking for this recipe/post for some time now.  😉


How pretty are those ingredients?!   Ahhhhh, I really do love this tea.


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Home Made Ginger Tea
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  • 1 large fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks (enough to have 8 - 10 1-inch chunks)
  • 5 cups water
  • juice from 1 fresh lemon
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper (powder)


  1. In a saucepan, simmer the ginger chunks in 5 cups of water, for a minimum of 20 minutes, but the longer the better. We like to let ours simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Divide the tea between 2 large mugs, or 4 smaller mugs, making sure not to serve the chunks of ginger!
  3. Now it's time to dress the tea. This part is very individual-taste dependent! We like our tea very strong, so here's what we add to our tea! For each mug add:
  4. juice from 1/2 lemon
  5. honey 1/2 tsp
  6. cinnamon 1/4 tsp
  7. generous dash of cayenne pepper

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This ginger tea is so good I just had to share it with you!  We drink this tea because we love it, but we also swear that it helps us ward off bugs during cold & flu season.  I have nothing to prove this, but we just feel like it helps with our immunity.  And when we do get sick, this tea seems to help beat it!  And a word of warning…most of the cinnamon and cayenne pepper sinks to the bottom of the tea…but you must drink that part up…that’s where all the good stuff is!  My husband & I have an ongoing joke about getting that last bit down… 😉

But really, we just love ginger tea…and now maybe you will too!


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Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply Virginia Fynes February 7, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    I’m not a big tea drinker, but I bet this would be fab when I’m not feeling well

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      It really is so soothing when you’re sick! I love it!!

  • Reply Stacie February 7, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    I knew ginger was good to take when you are feeling nauseated. I’d much rather drink a natural tea like this one when I’m sick vs. taking pills.

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Me too…I really feel like it helps, and I think it helps me sleep too! Delicious and good for you! 🙂

  • Reply Tammi @ My Organized Chaos February 7, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Oh, I would absolutely love this on cold days, thanks!!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      You are so welcome! I hope you try it and enjoy it!

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    This looks so good. My husband and I love tea, so I am going to try this recipe!

    • Reply Jo-Anna February 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Thanks Jody! I hope you love it!

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    The cayenne is a nice addition, so good for you

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    I’m not a big tea drinker, but I bet this would be fab when I’m not feeling well

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    HUGE tea drinker!!!! Fabulous post Jo-Anna and definitely need help sleeping. Going to try this!!!!!!

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    Looks so delicious Jo-Anna! There is nothing better than homemade tea with fresh lemon! Especially in our cold winters!

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    This looks like a drink we all could have used; sickness made it’s rounds. Looks really good; I love a good cup of tea.

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    Can’t wait to try this minus the cayenne pepper. My girl has RSV and bronchitis and I have learned ginger root helps lessen symptoms

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      I hope you love it as much as we do! I really feel like it helps us during cold & flu season!

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    sounds delicious! Being the only tea drinker in our home, any thoughts on whether or not this will keep for a couple days in the frig?

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      Hi Judy! This steeped ginger will keep beautifully in the fridge for a couple of days – I often do this if I’m the only one having tea that day!

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        Thank you!! I can’t wait to try this.

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