It helped to ease my digestive woes. I had been making my own ginger tea almost every day since learning I was pregnant this time around, because ginger is so amazing for any digestive issues or nausea. I didn’t, however, think to add the lemon! That’s why my mom is the best!
Lemon juice is very soothing, antibacterial, antiviral, and is used as a digestive aid and liver cleanser. It also helps fight infection and boosts immunity, among other things. Drinking warm water with lemon juice is an excellent way to start your day and give your system a boost.
10 Terrific Benefits of Ginger (taken from foodmatters.com)
1. Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.
2. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
3. Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.
4. Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, preferably tossed in a little honey.
5. Can’t stop the toot-a-thon? Gas—oops—guess what?! Ginger helps reduce flatulence!
6. Tummy moaning and groaning under cramps? Munch on ginger.
7. Reeling under joint pain? Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory properties—can bring relief. Float some ginger essential oil in your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
8. Just had surgery? Chewing ginger post-operation can help overcome nausea.
9. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
10. Bedroom blues? Try adding a gingery punch to a bowl of soup. (Psst…the Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties)
Lemon and ginger sound like a match made in heaven. When combined in this tea, you are getting the best of both worlds. I try to drink it every day and more often when I am having any kind of nausea or stomach upset. Since learning about essential oils, I have started adding a few drops of my lemon oil to the ginger tea when I don’t have fresh lemons on hand. I love the combination of flavors when I add in my stevia to sweeten it a little. I really do enjoy the taste and it’s ultra soothing to sip on when you aren’t feeling well.
- Boil water.
- Peel and dice a chunk (about one inch thick) of fresh ginger root and add to the bottom of your glass.
- When the water has boiled, pour it over the ginger and let sit and steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the juice of half a lemon, or 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil, and stevia to taste.