Besides the fact that it’s delicious, drinking a warm ginger tea with lemon every morning can pack a lot of benefits for your health. It is one of the best warming, cleansing digestive aids to add to your home apothecary. You can even add honey for taste and additional nutritional/health value!
LEMON-GINGER TEA RECIPE
1 tbsp organic lemon juice (fresh is best when available!)
1/2 tsp grated ginger or ¼ tsp powder
8-12 oz warm water
Add the ginger and water to a pot and bring to a low boil. Remove from heat, strain, and add lemon (and honey if desired.) This recipe can be adjusted to suit your taste!
Ayurveda teaches that digestion is the root of health. When we begin the day by supporting our digestive system, we are preparing our body to function more efficiently. In Ayurveda, Agni is the digestive fire that is responsible for all transformation, such as the transformation of food into energy. Encouraging agni improves digestion, detoxification and mental clarity.
When it comes to getting going in the morning, most of us feel a bit of a lag. This is natural, as our bodies have to adjust to the activity of a new day. The process of waking up, or sleep inertia, is characterized by grogginess, reduced mental clarity, and sometimes reduced motor function. It can last for 15 minutes or up to a few hours. Studies have shown that warming the core of the body helps the body wake up.
Lemon-ginger tea warms the core, improves agni (stimulates digestion), aids in liver detoxification and fights infection. It is both grounding and revitalizing. What a great way to start the day!
Lemon-ginger tea is warming, sour and pungent. It is pacifying for vata and kapha, but may aggravate pitta if used too frequently. Pitta types naturally have strong digestive fire, and would benefit from cool, bitter drinks with honey.
10 Health Benefits of Lemon-Ginger Tea
1. Kickstart Digestion. Lemon-ginger tea really gets the digestive juices flowing. This awakens your taste buds and really gets the ball rolling in your GI tract. More digestive juices means improved digestion, reduced heartburn, regulated appetite, reduced flatulence, reduced nausea and better nutrient absorption.
2. Cleanse Your Liver. Lemon helps stimulate the liver and the secretion of bile from the gallbladder. Keeping it flowing means breaking up and preventing liver stagnation, which can lead to skin problems, blood toxicity and lowered immunity.
3. Decongest. Lemon, ginger and honey help break up and expel phlegm from the respiratory system. This is useful during allergies, acute illness, sinus congestion, or chronic respiratory infection.
4. Fight Infection. Lemon, ginger and honey all have potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. Drink this tea while you’re under the weather to nurture your body and fight pathogens.
5. Nourish and Protect. Lemons are full of vitamin C and antioxidants which improve skin integrity, reduce healing time, enhance immunity, improve resistance to allergies and calm inflammation.
6. Reduce Stress. Even the act of sipping a warm cup of lemon-ginger tea is healing. The aroma is grounding and stabilizing and the tea itself provides a calm sense of revitalization.
7. Weight Loss. The cleansing, warming and digestive properties of ginger and lemon help break up stagnation that contributes to excess weight. If you are trying to reduce excess, try adding this to your morning routine.
8. Blood Purifier. Lemon-ginger tea is diuretic, cleansing the kidneys and therefore helping the blood. It’s liver tonic and antimicrobial properties also benefit the blood, and improved circulation can help arthritis, cardiovascular issues, and skin problems.
9. Anti-inflammatory. Ginger root has a potent anti-inflammatory constituent called gingerol which has been linked with reduced symptoms of various types of arthritis. Lemon and honey also exhibit anti-inflammatory effects.
10. Warming and Diaphoretic. Lemon-ginger tea warms the core of the body and promotes sweating. Sweating helps cleanse the body and may be useful during an acute illness.