Ginger Tea Benefits for Bloating, Gas and Digestive Health

Ginger root preparationGinger is a popular medicinal herb and cooking spice used throughout the world with many beneficial properties.

Eating fresh ginger, or drinking tea made from the herb, is particularly helpful for digestive problems, like abdominal pain, bloating and too much gas.

Ahead is how to use ginger tea to improve your digestion, prevent belly bloat, clear trapped intestinal gas and relieve flatulence problems.

Ginger Root Tea for Better Digestion

Tea made from ginger is one of the best herbal remedies for improving digestive function and preventing heartburn, stomach ache and indigestion after eating.

Fresh ginger in your meal, or ideally made into a strong tea, stimulates saliva, bile and gastric juice production to begin the proper breaking down and assimilation of the food you eat.

Scientific studies showed ginger consumption lead to “a significant increase in gastrointestinal motility”  and it “possesses carminative effects, decreases pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter, reduces intestinal cramping, and prevents dyspepsia, flatulence and bloating”.

Phenolic compounds, like gingerol, shogaol, zingerone and various other volatile oils, are primarily responsible for ginger tea’s beneficial effect on your digestive system.

These substances accumulate in your gastrointestinal tract and exert their positive effects during digestion.

Given this, the ideal time to drink ginger tea would be just before or during a big meal.

It’s certainly much more likely to help prevent stomach problems than coffee, which hampers the digestive process and increases your risk of GERD, bloating, gas and intestinal cramps.

If you’d like to try ginger tea for better digestion then this high-strength organic tea is the one I use. It’s the most potent and best tasting I’ve found.

How to Make Ginger Tea

Natural Cure for Bloating

By improving digestion, ginger tea will naturally reduce the amount of excess stomach gas resulting from a poorly digested meal. But can it have a positive effect if you already have a problem with bloating?

Belly bloat and abdominal cramps are usually caused by tension, spasms and contractions in your gastrointestinal tract as it reacts to something you’ve consumed.

Research studies show ginger root has spasmolytic effects and smooth muscle relaxing properties that assist in releasing gases and digesting food trapped in constricted intestines.

By gently relieving abdominal contractions, ginger tea can be a beneficial natural cure for bloating, stomach cramps and constipation.

Tea made from ginger rhizome is also anti-inflammatory and combats belly bloat, abdominal pain and cramps due to intestinal irritation and inflammation.

Helps Stop Excessive Flatulence and Smelly Gas

Drinking ginger tea is also a good preventative against bad gas and those really smelly farts all of us want to avoid in social situations.

By improving digestive function throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract, there is much less chance of undigested protein getting stuck in the colon.

This stops it putrefying into hydrogen sulfide and other noxious compounds that make such bad smelling farts.

If you are experiencing rotten egg gas more frequently than you’d like, then try drinking a strong ginger tea, like this great tasting and organic bestseller. Have it just before or during main meals, especially ones high in protein.

Farting too much can also be caused by a very common sensitivity to lactose in dairy. Herbal teas like ginger and fennel are less useful here but this article on why milk causes gas has something that can help.

Otherwise healthy vegetables, such these 10 prime suspects, can also be behind of excessive flatulence. As can these flatulence causing fruits.

Taking digestive enzymes with any of these gassy foods when you eat them, like these fast acting and high strength ones I use, will greatly minimize problems.

Drinking ginger root tea

When to Drink Ginger Tea for Best Results

While you can use ginger root tea as an emergency herbal remedy for stomach bloat, bad gas and other tummy troubles, it’s more effective when taken as a preventative before a meal.

If you are going to have a big lunch or dinner with lots of protein, cruciferous vegetables, beans or dairy products that cause gas, then try drinking a strong cup of ginger tea before you start eating.

This soothes your gastrointestinal tract, enhances digestion and helps prevent stomach acidity, bloating and flatulence in the hours that follow.

There’s detailed instructions on how to make ginger tea at home here, as well as the best brand of organic tea bags for work and when traveling.

Some resources suggest drinking ginger root tea before bed. This may be helpful if digestive problems are keeping you awake, but, while caffeine-free, it can be a little energizing so before a meal is better.

What Is Ginger Tea Good For?

I hope this look into the digestive benefits of ginger tea has encouraged you to give it a try or enjoy it more often.

By making the homemade ginger tea recipe here, and using it regularly, you are providing your body with potent compounds for better digestion and less gastrointestinal problems like bloating and gas.

For work, traveling, convenience, I recommend using these great tasting and high-strength organic tea bags made from concentrated ginger powder.

Do try making up fresh tea from the sliced ginger root though when you are at home. Drinking this regularly will give the best results and the most beneficial effects.

Austin Shulman

What do you think of gas-x. I’ve been using it for a while and it hasn’t seemed to work to well. What are your guys thoughts.


Hi Austin,

I prefer natural teas like ginger or fennel tea which is quite powerful for stopping gas –

Hope this helps.

Lucy M.

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.


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.


Hi Lucy and thanks for your comments.

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

All the best,



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


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?

Priyanka Pawar

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 :)


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,


Ellyn Gorgoglione

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


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,



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.


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,



Please get tested for Celiac


Ginger for me is a cure for constipation, depending on the concentrate, I have been having chronic constipation for 4years and ginger solved this issue.


Hello i always have this gas problem like everyday and sometimes i just can’t help but letting them out. And it’s so embarrassing for me especially bcz they smell really bad. And sometimes they can be so strong that even if i try to retain them so hard,i end up farting. Does this ginger tea work? (I eat alot pf oat cookies btw cz its part of my diet)


Hi Kelly,

Fresh ginger tea is good for getting your digestive system moving, especially if you drink a cup just before a meal. A strong fennel tea as described in this article is often even more effective

All the best,


Julie Conkle

I have tried ginger, first grating it into honey, which was just too strong, and today, I tried a small piece I steeped in a tea ball in hot water and drank, and after a while started to feel the familiar burn and had to take a zantac. I must say I was on omeprazole for almost 20 years, not large doses, but I am still trying to wean myself off all acid reducers. My CNP took me off omeprazole and prescribed zantac, 75 mg twice a day, as needed. I try to go without it, but yesterday, had such an attack of heartburn I had taken the zantac and resorted to twice chewing alka seltzer relief chews. I am very frustrated, but feel determined to win this. Should I continue trying the ginger tea?


Hi Julie,

Sorry to hear that you’ve been having problems with ginger. It’s actually usually considered good for acid reflux but in your case it sounds like it’s affecting your upper esophageal sphincter. A weaker ginger tea and slowly building up your tolerance may work but I’d suggest trying fennel tea instead first as it’s often better for digestive problems. There also some useful information on better digestive function in this article

All the best,



When you are sick just use ginger and honey. All sicks will go away ;)


Hi Ellyn, I used to have very bad acid reflux and couldnt eat, I took George aloe Vera and eat banana or apple before food and it helps. To put on weight, I blend avocado and banana and water with protein powder in between meals. To increase my blood count, I double boil a small piece of pork loin n 2 Bowls of water for 4 hours. And lots of prayers :)


I am making ginger tea for my father who is having major stomach issues after a stay in the hospital and having surgery to remove bladder tumors. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe which uses brown sugar in it. Is this a good or bad idea for nausea & gas/bloating? Most people will say to use honey but I don’t think he would drink it s well.

James Dillan

Hi Debbi,

I’d try and avoid the sugars as much as possible. Stevia glycerite is great for tea and won’t feed the intestinal bacteria that contribute to gas/bloating.

All the best,



It’s better. Its my real points which I am writing you. As it relieved and eased me my age is 57 my problem of acidity always trouble. I always eat oily. Today when I woke I suffered severe chest burning, I took ginger with warm water. Feeling little better.

I will share again few more observe result later


Hi, I searched on net and I am confused when is the best time to drink the ginger tea? You say it’s before meal and few others say it’s best after meal, please advise does it really matters? I drank once after the meal and I felt much better than just before it, please advise which is the best/better or anything will be fine?

James Dillan

Hi Nikhil,

If drinking ginger tea after a meal works better for you then feel free to stick with that.

The intention behind drinking it before is to allow the volatile oils to calm the digestive tract before digesting food can irritate it but different timings will work better for different people so I’d suggest trying different times and noticing when you get the best results.

Hope this helps,



Wonderful post! One of my friend told me to start taking ginger tea and you will find many benefits from it. So I started drinking ginger tea and was surprised by the benefits of it after having 1-2 month continuously. I started feeling fresh and full for a day and also help in loosing some belly fat. Its really great!

meenal deshpande

Wonderful post! One of my friend told me to start taking ginger tea and you will find many benefits from it. So I started drinking ginger tea and was surprised by the benefits of it after having 1-2 month continuously. I started feeling fresh and full for a day and also help in loosing some belly fat. Its really great!

Adalberto Voskamp

Thanks for Sharing

Sarah Cummings

I absolutely love ginger tea!! It’s great for a hangover haha

Sabrina Addams

It’s so interesting to learn how ginger tea can help regulate your blood sugar. My mother-in-law has diabetes and is looking for some natural remedies to help her symptoms. I will let her know that ginger tea can help control glucose levels as you said.

Lorrie Roa

Thank you for the informative article. My problem is not losing weight but belly fat. I have read and written about losing belly fat but I haven’t been successful using these tricks. I believe If I try your tips like changing my mindset and knowing what is hindering it can help me a lot. Thanks a lot and I hope they will apply to me too. I will come back to share feedback.

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