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Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea

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Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Soothes-throat, Quenches-thirst, Diaphoretic
Effect: Alkalizing, Sattvic, Prana
Meal: Breakfast, Drink
Style: Ayurvedic
Occasion: On-the-mend, Cleanse
Preparation: Boiled, Tea

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

Ginger, lemon, and honey tea is a remedy for colds and sinus infection. Lemon, like all sours, is a secretagogue which encourages liquidation of mucus and a protective coating of fluids on an otherwise irritated lung and throat. Honey aids expectoration. Ginger, like many pungents, opens up circulation and the breath. Add a pinch of black pepper and salt to make it stronger.
Weights & measures


1/4 inchGinger (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1 tspHoneyVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/4 wholeLemonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying


Crush ginger with mortar and pestle. Add boiling water to mortar and pour into a tea cup. Add remaining ingredients and drink.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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should i wait until the tea is room temp before adding the honey? does heat destroy the healthful properties and/or create toxins? is there a difference between heating raw honey vs. non-raw honey?

- dhyana, Thorndike, ME, 01-02-12 (Reply)
Crushing the ginger makes all the difference!
- megan, NS, 05-19-13 (Reply)
Instead of black pepper, I use tumeric or red pepper flakes.
- Lucart Lucart, Springfield, OR, 08-17-13 (Reply)
wait until the water is warm before adding honey.
- Jasmine Golban, Beverly hills, CA, 02-26-15 (Reply)
I love the fresh ginger and it makes me feel invigorated. Have always heard you should drink hot water with lemon juice first thing in the morning but I wasn't crazy about the taste...now I get it through my ginger/lemon/honey tea! Thanks for the great recipe!
- Deborah, Oceanside, 05-15-15 (Reply)

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