Homemade lemon and ginger tea is my new favourite drink* so today, I thought I’d show you how I make it (I know, it’s not rocket science) and more importantly, why it’s good for you.
* It’s my favourite drink aside from Pepsi Max but I’m trying to drink less of that! 😂
I actually made lemon and ginger tea for the first time a couple of weeks ago because I had some lemons left after making my homemade limoncello (which is still a work in progress) and I’m not a huge fan of lemon and honey so I went with a lemon and ginger tea instead.
I quite enjoyed it so I bought a batch of lemon and ginger tea bags for £1 in Asda but they were nowhere near as nice as my own homemade version so I took those into work and decided that when I’m at home, I’m going with my homemade version.
Why Lemon and Ginger tea is good for you!
Before I list the benefits of lemon and ginger tea (courtesy of a Google search), I should say that I drink it because I enjoy the taste and it’s a caffeine-free alternative to most of the other drinks I enjoy. The benefits below, from what I can see are mostly listed as ‘lemon and ginger tea may…’ or ‘has been shown…’ – very little seems to be definite so just know that it’s not a sure thing. 😂
- Ginger is known to be great to ease nausea which is why people will drink ginger beer to settle their stomach sometimes.
- Ginger has been shown to reduce your appetite – not my personal experience but apparently, there are studies that show it’s a possibility.
- Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C and Antioxidants which we know both have immunity-boosting properties.
- Ginger also has immunity-boosting properties and can protect against some bacteria.
- Lemon and ginger tea is said to help reduce pain associated with inflammation, arthritis, and even headaches.
- The combination of lemon and ginger can help to relieve muscle soreness after exercise and even as relief from menstrual pain.
Even without all of the above potential benefits, I enjoy drinking it because I like the flavour combination of the slightly spicy ginger taste with the tartness of the lemon. I do add a teeny bit of honey personally just to sweeten it up but not enough that the honey becomes one of the main flavours of the drink.
How to make Lemon and Ginger tea
- 1 a lemon
- a 2cm piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- honey to taste if you fancy it a bit sweeter.
This makes two cups of lemon and ginger tea so I tend to prep for two and just pop half in a cup in the fridge for later.
- Cut the lemon in half and thinly slice one half dividing your slices equally between two cups.
- Cut the second half of the lemon in half again – squeeze the juice from one of your quarters into your cup and set the other quarter aside ready to squeeze when you have your second cup. I just pop it in the cup I’m putting in the fridge.
- Divide the sliced ginger between your cups.
- Add boiling water to one of your cups and pop the other one in the fridge for later.
- Add some honey if you want a bit of sweetness.
I feel like I made a really simple recipe into something more complex than it needed to be there. Basically: Lemon + Ginger + hot water = lemon and ginger tea!
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