GINGER, LEMON & HONEY TEA
How to Make Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea
PREP TIME: 0 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Crush ginger with mortar and pestle. Add boiling water to mortar and pour into a tea cup. Add remaining ingredients and drink.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
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.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
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Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a
lesser degree. Astringents.
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An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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An herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea
Lemon has these Actions in Common
Relaxes-eyes, Vulnerary, Alterative, Appetizer, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Sialogogue, Antimicrobial, Calms-heart, Decongestant, Expectorant, Refreshes-skin, Stool-softener, Antitussive, Carminative, Detoxicant, Flushes-membranes
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antiemetic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic, Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Sialogogue, Antiarthritic, Appetizer, Decongestant, Galactagogue, Stomachic
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Vasodilator, Alterative, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Digestive, Vulnerary
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Antitussive, Carminative, Digestive, Stomachic, Appetizer, Decongestant, Expectorant, Vulnerary
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Antiemetic, Carminative, Digestive, Styptic, Alterative, Appetizer, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic, Anti-inflammatory, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Stomachic
Garlic has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Stomachic, Antiemetic, Cholagogue, Galactagogue, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Detoxicant, General-laxative, Vulnerary
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Appetizer, Decongestant, Stomachic, Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Stool-softener, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Vasodilator
Dill has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Expectorant, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Galactagogue
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Cholagogue, Expectorant, Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue, Vulnerary, Carminative, Digestive, Hypolipidemic
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Carminative, Digestive, Styptic, Appetizer, Decongestant, Expectorant, Antiemetic, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Galactagogue
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Vulnerary, Antiarthritic, Carminative, Digestive, Alterative, Antimicrobial, Cholagogue, Hypolipidemic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Ginger, Lemon & Honey Tea
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Flushes-membranes, Antimicrobial, General-laxative, Antispasmodic, Sialogogue, Appetizer, Stool-softener, Carminative, Styptic, Detoxicant, Vulnerary, Digestive, Alterative, Expectorant
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Muscle-tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Promotes-virility, Antitussive, Stool-softener, Carminative, Tonic, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant, General-laxative
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Stool-softener, Carminative, Styptic, Detoxicant, Tonic, Digestive, General-laxative, Promotes-virility, Relaxes-eyes, Alterative, Sialogogue
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Stomachic, Alterative, Styptic, Anti-inflammatory, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Antispasmodic
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Antitussive, Cholagogue, Digestive, Hypolipidemic, Alterative, Promotes-virility, Anti-inflammatory, Tonic, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Expectorant, Anti-inflammatory, Hypolipidemic, Antimicrobial, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Detoxicant
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Expectorant, Antiemetic, Sialogogue, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Detoxicant
Goldenseal has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Detoxicant, Digestive, Alterative, General-laxative, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Cholagogue
Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam)
Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam) has these Actions in Common
Antiarthritic, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Cholagogue, Digestive, General-laxative, Alterative, Stool-softener, Anti-inflammatory
Calendula, Marigold has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Hypolipidemic, Styptic, Vasodilator, Alterative, Vulnerary, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial
Kushta has these Actions in Common
Vasodilator, Anti-inflammatory, Vulnerary, Antimicrobial, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive, Expectorant
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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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
Instead of black pepper, I use tumeric or red pepper flakes.
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!
Hello there, can you please give me how many tsp/TBSP ginger is 1/4 inch ginger is equivalent to. Thanks much
- Meera Paparaju, Westford, MA 01-04-22
Hi Meera, an inch of ginger will give you a little over a tsp of ground fresh ginger (depending on size etc). So I'd suggest beginning with 1/4 tsp fresh ginger and see how the potency is for you. You can always add a little more next time!