Ginger Tea Benefits for Better Digestion

How to Make Ginger Tea

Ginger is a pungent, fiery rhizome with many health benefits. This page will focus on how to use ginger tea to improve your digestion, prevent bloating, decreases intestinal gas and relieve 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 proper digestion.

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

The ideal time to drink ginger tea would be just before a big meal or having a small cup of it while eating. It’s certainly much more beneficial for your digestion (and therefore stomach gas and flatulence) than coffee or soda.

Bloating and Flatulence

By improving digestion, ginger tea will naturally reduce the potential for intestinal gas and flatulence resulting from a poorly digested meal, but can it have a positive effect if you already have a problem with bloating?

Bloating and intestinal cramps are often caused by tension and spasms in your gastrointestinal tract. Ginger tea has muscle relaxant properties that can help relieve gases trapped in a constricted digestive system.

By gently relieving these constrictions ginger tea can help release trapped digestive gases and alleviate bloating, intestinal cramps and even IBS.

This same calmative, relaxing effect on your intestinal environment 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 you eat pass through your system more easily.

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

5 Powerful Benefits of Ginger Tea

  • Ginger tea has been found to be an effective heartburn remedy. The volatile oils and other active compounds in ginger help improve the function of the lower esophageal sphincter in preventing acid reflux. Ideally have a cup of ginger tea before a meal that could give you heartburn, though it may still prove effective if you are already experiencing 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. It is also recommended for morning sickness in pregnant mothers where drugs are best avoided.
  • Compounds in ginger have been demonstrated to reduce inflammation within the body and ginger tea can benefit those suffering from arthritis and joint pain.
  • A strong ginger tea like this can improve circulation and has been reported to enhance mood and impart a sense of well-being in those that drink it.
  • With its natural antibacterial and antiviral properties, drinking ginger tea regularly may help reduce the incidence of cold, flu and other respiratory ailments. It is also reported to improve a sore throat and even helps freshen your breath naturally.

Ginger Tea Side Effects and Precautions

  • Though there are few commonly reported side effects of ginger tea, it is advisable to consult with a doctor before having it regularly for people with serious heart conditions, diabetes, ulcers and bleeding disorders. In particular, drink all strong herbal teas like ginger away from prescription medications.
  • While ginger tea may be an effective aid for morning sickness, it is recommended that pregnant women check with their doctor before using it too often. As is often the case with any herbal product, it is also generally not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
  • 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 with the homemade ginger tea recipe below as you are not ingesting the whole herb, but stop drinking it if you experience pain in your mouth or stomach.

How to Make Ginger Tea at Home

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

  1. Get a medium-sized ginger rhizome that looks fresh without wrinkles or too many blemishes.
  2. Scrub it under warm water and carefully cut 3 to 6 slices as thin as you can and put them in a large mug.
  3. If you like you can add a small amount of honey or better still a lemon slice and pour very hot, but not boiling water into the cup (turn off the kettle just before it boils).
  4. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  5. 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 are 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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Austin Shulman

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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.


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?


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,


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