Detox Lemon Ginger Tea
Updated: Feb 13
This three-ingredient ginger tea recipe is a perfect tonic that can help to calm indigestion, reduce inflammation, balance your bodies pH and maintain healthy liver functions. Adding this tea as a part of your daily morning ritual can strengthen your immune system, stimulate digestion and boost your metabolism.
Today I'm sharing my favorite detox tea recipe with you.
Detox Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe
8 oz. water
1 inch ginger root (minced)
1/2 lemon (juice only)
1/2 tsp. raw honey
Optional add-ins to steep: cayenne pepper, cinnamon sticks, dandelion leaf, nettle, cilantro, turmeric
Bring water to a gentle simmer in a saucepan or tea kettle over medium heat. Add ginger and lemon juice to the pot and let steep for at least 10 minutes. I like to toss in the rest of my lemon half into the pot to simmer as well after I juice it. The longer you steep the ginger the more potent it will be! Be sure to keep the temperature to a gentle simmer and don't let it get too hot. Stir every few minutes.
After the tea has steeped, take it off the heat and pour it through a strainer into a large mug. Let it cool on the counter until it reaches a drinkable temperature. Add a large spoonful of raw honey to your tea and stir until fully dissolved. If desired, you may wish to add a splash of nut milk or coffee creamer.
Personally, I will make this in larger batches and store the leftovers in mason jars in the refrigerator for a few days and warm up as needed. You can also bless your tea before consuming to enhance its healing abilities.
What are the benefits?
Ginger root has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries, especially in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. It’s often used for assisting nausea, inflammation, heartburn and reflux, immune support, respiratory function, and infections. Ginger root is frequently recommended in cleansing and detox programs because of its ability to “cleanse the body by stimulating digestion, circulation, and sweating. Its digestive actions may serve to cleanse the build-up of waste and toxins in the colon, liver, and other organs.”
Similarly, lemon juice has been shown to aid in digestion, boost energy levels, and enhance the immune system. Lemon juice "has also been shown to protect liver function and prevent oxidative damage, helping preserve the liver’s natural ability to detoxify." Lemon is also a good source of Vitamin C which makes it a powerful antioxidant.
Drinking a cup a day is not only a great way to kickstart your health and assist your body's natural detoxification process, but will help you to slow down and practice a daily dose of mindfulness!
When it comes to using raw honey, I always prefer to use Manuka Honey. If you can't afford Manuka or you're in a pinch, you can substitute it with a raw, unpasteurized honey, preferably from a local farmer.
Please note that not all Manuka honeys are created equally. When using Manuka for medicinal purposes, you want to make sure that it contains plenty of the main antibacterial component called methylglyoxal (MGO). Most store-bought Manuka's have less than 30mg of MGO per kilogram of honey, which isn't going to help you very much.
You want to shop for a raw honey that contains a MGO rating of 30 or higher. Personally, I strive for 100+ MGO when I buy mine. Manuka Honey is not cheap, but I promise you, a high-quality Manuka is worth the investment. Here's two brands that I have personally used: Manukora and Comvita.
It's also important to note that Manuka can lose some of its medicinal properties if it's overheated. Therefore, you should wait for the tea to cool down a little before adding it to your drink.
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