Ginger lemon tea is made with the added goodness of turmeric, pepper honey, and orange, known for its several ayurvedic healing properties. This drink is a natural immunity booster!
Being of Indian-origin, I have consciously and sub-consciously incorporated several principles of Ayurveda in my daily cooking. The world has opened up to the health benefits of Indian spices such as ginger, turmeric, and pepper in recent years. These ingredients are used daily in Indian households. Many of the Indian Recipes on this website make liberal use of ginger and turmeric, pepper, and whole spices that have proven health benefits.
In recent years, I have intentionally adopted a few habits that have vastly improved my health. Over the last year or so, I have been waking up daily to a warm glass of lemon and honey. All through winter, our family drinks a glass of lemon, ginger, and honey tea daily during the winter and flu season. Drinking this daily has several long-term benefits.
Why this recipe works
- Many health benefits of ginger lemon tea - increased immunity, improved digestion, etc.
- Easy to make on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot
- Added benefits of honey, pepper, and turmeric too!
List of Ingredients
To make this immunity-boosting ginger lemon tea, we will need:
The benefits of having ginger are well proven. It has antioxidant properties and is an anti-inflammatory ingredient. It is also helpful in easing throat aches and reduces swellings. It is great for digestion, helps reduce nausea, motion sickness, etc. It is also believed to reduce respiratory problems and relieves headaches. Ginger is also believed to improve overall immunity.
Lemons and oranges:
A natural resource of Vitamin C, lemons and limes, both lemons and limes have are used very commonly in traditional medicine. They both contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. I love adding oranges to this drink, because of their natural sweetness and that extra boost of vitamin C!
Turmeric, the golden spice, has been long used in Indian cooking, and is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial effects. In order to aid absorption of turmeric by the body, we add black pepper.
Black pepper is known for being a flavor enhancer. But did you know that pepper also aids in digestion, helps relieve cough and cold, and aids in metabolism? I also love the subtle kick of spice that pepper adds to any drink. When taking in combination with turmeric, black pepper is a power horse.
I love the subtle sweetness offered by honey in this drink. It also helps that honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well!
Step by Step Instructions
This recipe can be made either on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot. Make sure all your ingredients are organic – as we will be using the peels of the citrus fruit and the skin of the ginger as well. Take special care to wash the fruits and the ginger knob thoroughly before using.
How to make ginger lemon tea on the Stovetop
In a mortar and pestle, crush organic ginger and the black peppercorns . Add them to a pot, along with the juice of 1 orange, 1 lemon. Add the squeezed orange and lemon peel as well (skip if you do not like the bitter taste of the rind).
Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes on the stovetop. Then turn off the heat, add honey and turmeric and stir. Let the drink sit for 10 minutes before you serve it.
Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Instructions
To the Instant Pot, add the crushed ginger, along with the juice of 1 orange, 1 lemon, and the squeezed citrus fruit (skip if you don't like the bitter taste of the rind)
Add the pepper and 2 cups of water. P
Pressure cook for 5 minutes and let the pressure release naturally. Strain out the liquid while it is still warm, add honey and turmeric, and stir to mix. Let the drink sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
This drink is a natural immunity booster with antioxidant properties. The addition of honey, pepper and turmeric makes it an anti-inflammatory and gives it digestive properties as well.
A single cup of ginger lemon tea is perfectly fine! You can have more than a cup a day but do so in moderation (as with all foods and diets).
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Ginger Lemon Tea
- 1 inch ginger organic
- 1 lemon organic
- 1 orange organic
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder organic
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Use a vessel with high sides to make this drink on the stove top.
- Lightly crush organic ginger and crush the black peppercorns as well. Add them to the pot, along with the juice of 1 orange, 1 lemon, along with the squeezed orange and lemon as well.
- Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
- Then turn off the heat, add honey and turmeric and stir. Let the drink sit for 10 minutes before you serve it.
Instant Pot Instructions:
- Add the crushed ginger, along with the juice of 1 orange, 1 lemon and the squeezed citrus fruit.
- Add the pepper and 2 cups of water. Pressure cook for 5 minutes and let the pressure release naturally.
- Strain out the liquid while it is still warm, add honey and turmeric, and stir to mix. Let the drink sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. The information shared in this article is based on my personal experience and trusted sources, and should not be used in lieu of medical advice)
How log would this keep and can you drink cold ?
You can keep this drink for up to a week in the fridge, and have it cold as well, if you like! Stir it, as the turmeric will stat to settle at the bottom
What happens if your impatient like me and added all the ingredients at once instead of how you instructed???
Ha ha! This recipe is very forgiving, thankfully! I hope you like it😊