6 Healthy Perks of Sipping Ginger Tea (Iced or Hot), According to RDs
In its raw form, ginger is known for its spicy kick, and may be your go-to flavor choice when you're in the mood for an earthy, pungent flavor. Used as a culinary aromatic, this spice (yes, it's classified as a spice) has long been known to remedy conditions like nausea and motion sickness. According to Brigitte Zeitlin, RD, founder of BZ Nutrition in New York City, ginger root has long-standing medicinal properties, and drinking ginger tea can provide alleviating properties, too.
Native to Asia, ginger comes from the flowering plant of the Zingiberaceae family. Most of us are familiar with consuming its root to add a unique, zippy flavor to dishes and condiments of many cuisines. Ginger tea—steeped in boiling water or infused into herbal blends—is equally delicious, soothing, and beneficial to the body.
Ginger Tea Benefits
How to Prepare Ginger Tea
While ginger-flavored or ginger-infused tea bags are readily available, you can easily make ginger tea from scratch at home with boiling water, sliced ginger root, fresh lemon juice, and honey (for a healthy hint of sweetness).
"Drink your ginger tea straight up or with some lemon, or enjoy it iced for the same benefits," Zeitlin says. And your options don't stop at plain old hot or iced tea. "You can also use 8 ounces of unsweetened ginger tea as the liquid base for your smoothies," she continued.
But don't stop there: Ginger adds flavor to dishes from veggies to grains. "Use it as a base for cooking rice so that you end up with a spicy kick to your finished dish," Gorin adds. "Another option is to use it instead of vegetable broth to sauté vegetables in."