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Recipe For Ginger Tea: A Natural Cold Remedy

This Is the Next Best Thing to Having Your Mom Take Care of You When a Cold Hits

Having a Thai immigrant mother made my childhood a little different than most of my friends'. In my home, the rice cooker was on 24/7, wearing shoes inside was a huge offense punishable by grounding, and if I was sick, my mom always turned to her expansive cabinet of mystery herbs. When I was younger, my American-born dad would look at her cautiously as she mixed up her treatments. "Why can't we just give her some Tylenol?" he would insist.

Back then, I hated my mother's herbal concoctions; most were bitter and came along with too much coddling and detailed explanations of each herb she used. As an adult, I crave the comfort of her blends and all the healing powers that seem to come from them — none more so than her fresh ginger-lemongrass tea. It's a surefire way to clear up congestion or a sore throat, ease aches and pains, and soothe an upset tummy. It also brings along with it the gentle and persistent love that only a mother can provide.

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea


For an extra kick of endorphins, add a teaspoon of chili powder to the mix.


  1. 2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  2. 2 stalks lemongrass, green tops removed then pale ends finely chopped
  3. 3 cups water
  4. 3 tablespoons honey


  1. Bring ginger, lemongrass, and water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat and add honey, stirring until dissolved.
  3. Let mixture steep partially uncovered for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain lemongrass and ginger from tea, and serve immediately.


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aikaterini aikaterini 4 years
what a coincidence!... Ive been drinking this hot beverage every night for a few years..... and i've never gotten sick ever since i started...... thanks for reassuring me!....
vanillabean vanillabean 7 years
I was in the Philippines last year with an awful cold coming on, and we went to a spa where they had the most delicious hot ginger tea I have ever tasted. I wanted to camp out there all day just to sip the tea!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'll have to remember this for the next time I'm feeling under the weather. Sounds very soothing and I bet ginger really helps open your sinuses.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
I just made my own tea last night! I had lime peel left over from making juice, so I put some thinly sliced ginger and lime peel in a mug of water and microwaved it. it was strong (I think from too much lime) but comforting and delicious!
fauxcat fauxcat 7 years
Terrific :) I make a version of this in a pinch, for when you don't have some of the fresh ingredients: mix a bit of ground, dried ginger from your spice cabinet with an equal amount of honey in the bottom of a mug, pour in boiling water, add a slice of lemon, and voila. Excellent for getting rid of a cold before it becomes full-blown.
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