Ginger Tea Benefits for Better Digestion

How to Make Ginger TeaGinger is a pungent, fiery rhizome with many positive health properties. This article will focus on how ginger tea benefits your digestion, decreases intestinal gas and relieves flatulence problems.

How Ginger Tea Helps Digestion

Ginger in food, or ideally as a strong tea, helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion. It is believed that phenolic compounds, primarily gingerol and shagaol, and various other volatile oils are responsible for ginger tea’s beneficial effect on our digestive system.

The ideal time to drink it would be just before a meal and possibly a small cup while eating. Tea made from ginger would certainly be much more beneficial for your digestion (and therefore stomach gas and flatulence) than coffee or soda.

Digestion and Flatulence

By improving digestion, ginger will naturally reduce the potential for intestinal gas and flatulence. But can it have a positive effect if you already have a problem with bloating?

Ginger tea has muscle relaxant properties that can help relieve gases trapped in the digestive system. Bloating and intestinal cramps can be caused by tension and spasms in our gastrointestinal tract. By gently relieving these constrictions, ginger tea can help release trapped digestive gas and alleviate bloating.

This same calmative, relaxing effect on our GI tract is likely to be the reason why the tea is such an effective remedy for excessive flatulence. By stimulating the process of digestion and relaxing the smooth muscles of the digestive tract, ginger tea helps the food we eat pass through our system more easily.

The more smoothly and effectively our meals travel through our gastrointestinal tract, the less chance of blockages in our system that can lead to prolonged food fermentation and those really smelly farts.

Other Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

  • Ginger tea has been found to be an effective heartburn remedy. It is believed the active compounds in it help improve the function of the lower esophageal sphincter in preventing acid reflux.
  • Tea made from ginger is a useful treatment for nausea and motion sickness. Some studies have shown ginger tea to be even more beneficial than certain prescription drugs for either condition.
  • Compounds in ginger have been shown to reduce inflammation and it can be a helpful treatment for those suffering from arthritis and joint pain.
  • Drinking the tea regularly helps reduce the symptoms of cold, flu and other respiratory ailments. It also improves a sore throat and helps freshen our breath.

Ginger Tea Side Effects and Precautions

  • Though there is no conclusive scientific evidence against ginger or known side effects of ginger tea, it is advised to consult with a knowledgeable healthcare professional before using the tea regularly for people with heart conditions, diabetes, ulcers and bleeding disorders.
  • While ginger tea may be an effective aid for morning sickness, it is recommended that pregnant women check with their doctor before using it regularly. As is often the case with any herbal product, it is also not recommended for women who are breast-feeding.
  • Large amounts of fresh ginger may irritate the mouth, esophagus and stomach. Some recommendations advised not exceeding 4 grams of the fresh herb daily. Ginger tea side effects would not generally be a problem here with homemade ginger tea as you are not ingesting the whole herb.

Making the Tea at Home

Here is a simple way to make fresh and fragrant ginger tea at home:

  • Get a medium-sized ginger rhizome that looks fresh without wrinkles or too many blemishes.
  • Scrub it under warm water and carefully cut 3 to 6 slices as thin as you can and put them in a large mug.
  • Add a small amount of honey and/or lemon if you like and pour very hot, but not boiling water over the the slices (turn off the kettle just before it boils).
  • Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Drink and enjoy.

If you don’t have time to make up ginger tea at home, or would just like to be able to take it to work easily, there also some delicious prepared ginger teas and blends available for better digestion and less flatulence.

Have you tried the benefits of ginger tea for improving your digestion and reducing intestinal gas? I’d be interested to hear how ginger tea works for you, particularly for digestive problems.

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13 Responses to “Ginger Tea Benefits for Better Digestion”

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  1. Austin Shulman says:

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  2. Lucy M. says:

    My daughter suffers from lactose intolerance and one night she had a bad attack so i made her some ginger tea and that worked like a miracle. Also I did have heart burn also took a few sips of the tea and my heartburn was gone too. It really works great for these symptoms.

    • James says:

      Hi Lucy and thanks for your comments.

      That’s good to hear that ginger tea worked so well for lactose intolerance.

      All the best,


  3. Amina says:

    Another positive side is that Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow, as well as help prevent chills, fever, and excessive sweat.

  4. Antony says:

    Ginger tea plus honey (without sugar) meets any healthy needs, go away reflux and flatulence :)

  5. Pauline says:

    Hello, how about those who chew ginger directly (after peeling the skin, of course) is there any problem with that? i have a habit of chewing ginger once in a while. would it be too much juice?

    • James says:

      Hi Pauline,

      If you can handle it without problems that’s fine. An issues would be in the mouth or throat. Once it’s in the stomach or intestines ginger is generally beneficial.

      All the best,


    • Jacqui says:

      I was eating a small slice of raw ginger 15 mins before meals on the advice of my TCM practitioner. It was helping substantially with digestion. Unfortunately, I managed to get a particularly ‘hot’ piece of ginger and one time when I chewed it my larynx seized up and I couldn’t breathe momentarily. It was not an allergic reaction but what was diagnosed as ‘laryngospasm’. It was very frightening and I only managed to breathe again by swallowing cold water immediately and it ‘let go’. Now I freeze my ginger root (be sure it is organic) and grate some into water which I drink before a meal and swallow with a plain water ‘chaser’. This seems to work well.

      • James says:

        Hi Jacqui,

        That’s quite a strong reaction to ginger. I can’t see it happening with ginger tea but I understand why you’d take precautions with it.

        All the best,


  6. Priyanka Pawar says:

    Ginger is a food element whose benefits will never end, I use it with milk to make my bones bones strong and it also keeps cold away. By the way well written article, Keep it up :)

  7. Ellyn Gorgoglione says:

    Thank you for a well-written article, I really appreciate the information. I sure hope you can help me, as I

    am very perplexed as to what I should do, to best help myself.

    To start out, both of my parents had a lot of trouble with flatulence, and so do I. As a matter of fact,

    my father had it worse than my mother, and so do I. If I eat right, a few times a day I pass gas, and

    the bathroom smells terrible sometimes, when I get through using it. I feel dirty, get my clothes dirty

    and feel embarassed about it.

    The other major worry in my life is that I seem to be following the same path that my father did. See,

    first he had regular heartburn, then acid reflux, then esophaegel cancer. For some time I have had acid

    reflux so bad; that is one of the reasons that it is almost impossible for me to get a good night sleep.

    On top of those two conditions, I have other medical issues that make life difficult for me, too. And, I

    am very thin, have low immunity, and do not have enough blood, or the right balance of blood, either.

    Please James, try to help me, or refer me to someone who can;I do not even have a primary physician.

    I feel despararate, and like time is of the essence. Thank you, in advance….Ellyn Gorgoglione

    • James says:

      Hi Ellyn,

      It sounds like there are several different health conditions to treat here and it would really be worth seeing a knowledgeable healthcare professional who can treat them. I’d personally seek out a holistic health therapist (this can be a good search term along with your location) as they treat the whole body rather than the symptoms.

      For instance the acid reflux, , low immunity, blood issues, flatulence and sleep problems could all be related to impaired digestion or a food allergy but you really need to see a healthcare professional you are comfortable with to get a proper diagnosis. Articles like this or online forums like curezone can be helpful for understanding the areas worth concentrating on but everyone is different and a proper diagnosis can really only be done in person.

      All the best with your healing,


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