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Ginger Tea for Colds

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We love this remedy and use it whenever we feel a cold coming on.It came to us from a radio listener in the hills of West Virginia but originated with her grandmother in India.

Grind about half an inch of fresh ginger root into a paste and place in a mug. Add boiling water and "steep" for several minutes. Strain the clear liquid into another mug, sweeten, and sip. Our symptoms start to subside within about twenty minutes.

We drink this in the morning and evening, and our cold usually gets better by the second day.

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I have used a similar tea for colds/ flu (I sometimes can't tell which is which). I use the ginger and add a clove of garlic and a jalepeno pepper all in a teapot of hot water. I drink the tea while having a bath, then wrap myself up in a robe and always fall deeply asleep. If I do it at first signs I don't get a cold (& it tastes much better than you'd think!).

I have a personnal experience of using ginger tea. For two consecutive years after a prolong, forceful cough (from one to two months) I totally lost my voice, and my ENT doctor diagnosed me as a case of chronic laryngitis; lozenges and other medication was prescribed but there was no relief.

Then I was told by the old women from our place to avoid cold drinks and to take "salabat" (in our dialect ginger tea) and then my voice returned. It is also good for sore throat and harsh voice.

I have had great success with fighting off colds by just eating raw ginger root also. It works almost immediately for me.

I must testify what a wonderful hot drink one can make from grating about 1 inch of fresh ginger, putting it in a little wrap of cheese cloth or in one of those mesh spoons used for tea leaves and letting it steep in a mug of hot water....Fantastic! Notably healthful and great for combating colds...a refreshing and spicy tonic.

Someone just told me about drinking ginger tea for a cold. It's miraculous. Within minutes after sipping the tea I got relief from stuffy nose and scratchy throat. I just sliced some fresh ginger and poured hot water over it. I added a little honey.

Re: ginger and ginger tea for colds coughing, etc.:

A few years ago I had a case of what my doctor called adult whooping cough; literally, I coughed for months. Nothing seemed to help. (Even the Rx cough syrup concoction did not work for more than a few days!)

A dear Aunt in Hawai'i heard my plight and sent me GINGER TEA mix; She said that healers there and other islanders use it for colds, coughs and respitory problems, etc.

When I drank the tea mixture it burned all the way down; it set my tummy on fire, but it SURE WORKED!

I was suffering from sore throat on and off (strep negative). I tried one inch of ginger with two cups of tea. Immediate relief. Thank God for ginger .

An ayurvedic teacher made ginger tea that had just a small pinch of turmeric with the ginger. It worked very well.

After a cruise, I was upset to find that solid ground felt like it was moving, which was very annoying, though it did not make me sick. A friend said ginger worked great for seasickness, so I sliced 3 slices of ginger root into hot water and let it steep. The ginger tea made the ground stop moving that same day.

i will tell you with honesty that ginger root tea works. i take a few slices of ginger and steep a few mins pour in a cup squeeze a good slice of lemon and a teaspoon of honey good and it works. I also used it when i had cancer

I also make a tea with grated ginger; but for each two cups, I also add 2 or 3 pieces of star anise (from the spice aisle) and 2 small cinnamon sticks. I've read that star anise and cinnamon are beneficial to the immune system.

I always use fresh ginger roots each time I feel a cold. Immeditely after taking it I feel very good.

thank you so much ginger

the best way to make it is to slice a piece of ginger about the size of your fist into thin slices and put them in a Thermos. Then fill the thermos with boiling water and let stand for at least an hour. Strain and drink with honey or apple juice. I've been told that you don't want to actually boil the ginger. One thermos full before bed usually cures a cold in two days.

Ginger is fantastic...I started using raw ginger steeped with honey a couple of years ago for a sore throat...and it works wonderfully

I notice that the duration and severity of my colds are alot less when I include ginger in my treatment

I make a tea with 1 inch ginger, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 pinch cayenne pepper, and 2 tsp. honey or maple syrup for my colds. This was taught to me by someone who studied Ayurvedic medicine. I love the taste - it's sweet and spicy. Add the lemon juice at the end if you want to try it. Measurements are rough estimates - I just add the ingredients to taste.

We were visiting a friend in Palm Springs and her husband had a cold, he was coughing so bad till late at night and I remembered one member of my family using the ginger tea. I got up and told my friend to boil ginger and add lemon and honey, he drunk it very hot and low and behold it stopped the continuous cough.

I have inflamed and constricted bronchial tubes from a case of bronchitis I never completely recovered from. In addition, I recently got a respiratory virus that's going around my campus. I haven't stopped coughing for a couple of days (even on anti-coughing medication). My Malaysian roommate just gave me a cup of ginger tea and this is the first time all day that I haven't coughed continuously!

I was taught a variation and it really works...

slice some ginger and cut an orange or two and throw it into a pot peel and all
add sugar to taste...add a few cups of water
Boil and let cool to taste..
drink at will, your cold will disappear

When my first son was about 5 months old, I was very late with my cycle. I told my Mom and she told me to drink some hot ginger tea. It was bitter tasting so I doctored it up with sweetener and downed it. The next morning, my cycle began!

I have a problem with taking prescribed pain medications. I get very nauseated and vomit. My pharmacist recommend I try Ginger tablets for the nausea and it helped me a great deal as long as the dosage of the pain medication wasn't too high.

I have noise in my head constantly for four years. does any body know any home remedy for this?

My husband is an organic farmer here in Puerto Rico. He says that since he was small the best cure for the cough that comes along with a cold or the flu has been ginger. He says that the "warmth" that the ginger provides is what cures.
My mother has always boiled the ginger in a small amount of water and then adds milk with honey. It tastes very good and works miraculously.

I drink Birt & Tang Ginger Tea is amazing, everything you need in one tea bag...

Ginger is amazing! I had this really dry cough that went on for three weeks. I've tried antibiotics, mucolytics, bactidole (gargle) and anesthetic lozenges but they didn't work. Guess what, my father suggested that I chop some ginger, chew them like candy and leave them in my mouth and suck the juice out of it. I did this for a day. The following day, my cough was gone.

I just got over the swine flu this week. At the first site of what I thought was a cold I drank lots of ginger and lemon tea. I believe it helped to fight off the swine flu as I recovered fairly fast compared to other people, not to mention I have asthma. I've had far worse flus than the swine flu. I think the ginger and lemon tea def had a role in that.

Rob. Where do you get the Birt & Tang Ginger Tea?

Since living in Indonesia in the mid-1970s where they've traditionally brewed hot ginger tea, I've been using it for colds with great results. I like mine sweetened. I just pound a piece of ginger root, throw it in boiling water for about 5 minutes, cool slightly and sweeten.

My favorite ginger tea is Yogi Tea. It includes an infusion of peppermint (which is also great for nausea?), lemon grass, black pepper, and licorice. I add some anise and cinnamon for nausea and vomiting.

Yea, take some ginger it will cure it

I am drinking Ginger Tea for arthritis, I get it every winter in my left shoulder and it hurts bad... Right now I'm feeling pretty painless.

Wow it works fast on clearing your airway, I been fighting this cold (A bad one) for days. I used a potato peeler and put the peels in a cup and put the microwave on two minutes added a little sugar. I noticed a difference before I even finished the drink.

I found that using crystallized ginger is a quick and tasty way to make a cup of ginger tea. I simply put a piece or two in a cup of hot water and let it steep. It is sweet and tasty and I always have it on hand. Best of all it really seems to help when I feel like I'm getting a cold. I also use it if my stomach feels a little off and it helps that as well.

yes ginger is very useful. Just try to add little bit of honey to it and drink everyday it will fight lots of disease.

Thank you everybody for all of the Ginger comments. I had a severe cold for two days and have asthma with severe coughing that could not be stopped, and throwing up I was coughing so hard, and nothing seemed to be working. So I took Ginger, from the spice rack and put it in boiling water. Also I decided to add to my concoction, Cinnamon, Honey, Lemon, Fresh squeezed orange juice, apple cider vinegar, a dash of olive oil, and put a capsule of powdered Kelp.. Makes a fantastic tasting tea.. And I'm all better, no more breathing treatments. Hallelujah for Ginger!

My wife and I had colds for over a fortnight and were wondering if we would ever get over it. We took every immune booster under the sun, but we just couldn't shake it off. And then we tried Ginger tea.... and that thankfully was the turning point.

Please sweeten with honey not with sugar. If you can get Indian basil (tulsi), please add that too. I am not sure about American/European basil, and please keep yourself warm during and after drinking it. Another very good remedy for 'flu-ish' symptoms including body pain - heat some turmeric powder in milk and add honey. Drink hot and go to sleep. Putting in a bit of saffron makes it even better. Subhashini A., India

Drinking some now. Such a great everything reliever. I can breath so much better.

thank you all I will be trying ginger today. I have had a cold for a very long time my throat is so raw from coughing and my eyes puffy from lack of sleep I really hope this works. I assume it will with all the good feedback.

I chew on and eat candied ginger for a cold. If you have a Trader Joe's nearby they sell it. It has worked wonders on the last few colds I felt coming on with a sore throat.

Ginger tea is amazing, but what helps me most is sucking on raw ginger. This is not for the faint of heart. But if you are up nights with a cough and don't want to sit around drinking tea, put a slice of raw ginger in your mouth and slowly suck out the juices.

I made the tea--with garlic and maple syrup and my cough immediately disappeared!


I have been taking ginger for many years now. I never have a flu or cough. Then last year I stopped taking it. It's been 7 months already then 4 weeks ago I got sick got flu and have been coughing 24 hours. Because of being hard headed and not taking the ginger I went to the doctor and he prescribed me a cough medicine and a shot. I thought at first the medicine will work for few weeks of coughing. The medicine really don't work out.

I went to the doctor 4x and still giving me the same advise. I finally called my mom from the Philippines telling me to take Ginger "an old fashion way". Because I was so stubborn and hard headed my mother was so mad at me. She told me I will never get better if I follow the doctors rule so when I reach home I finally took ginger.

I let it soak into hot water, put a little honey and a few drops of lemon, and have been taking for a few minutes. Finally that night I could sleep well and keep continuing taking ginger. So guys if your mother tells you what to do then do it. It won't hurt you. It's for your own good and don't be stubborn like me.

I guess my expectations are way too high from all the good reviews about ginger tea but I've got laryngitis right now from an upper respiratory infection that started last Sunday. I just started getting hoarse yesterday evening and then within a few hours of being hoarse I completely lost my voice. I've been voice free all day so far so after my DH got off work he went and got some fresh ginger root and I made tea. For the past 2 days I've been doing all the honey, vinegar and lemon juice tea and that's done absolutely nothing.

I've been congested through my chest and sinus' and a severe sore throat that the soreness moved from the top of my throat where my sinus' are to way down almost to the bottom of my throat. All that happened once I started drinking the concoctions yesterday so I thought I was getting better.

I started on the ginger tea immediately as soon as I got home and nothing so far. I've had 2 big cups of just ginger. I didn't want to put honey or sugar or anything since I read that sugar is bad if you're using it for medicinal purposes. I want to do it correctly.

I assumed that I would be a lot better by the time I drank the second glass since judging from the review people are swearing they were better within hours.
I'm willing to try anything natural but I'm pregnant so I can't take any OTC stuff. I don't have a fever anymore but this stuffiness and sore throat is killing me. I'm up for any other suggestions anyone may have... hopefully ones I haven't tried already.

Can anyone tell me about REEDS Ginger candy.... some have sworn that it helps them with their stomach but I had it available and it cleared my airways somewhat as I am fighting a cold and congestion at this moment...

I have a variation of the ginger tea. It's in the form of ginger soup.

wash ginger and strip off the skin. crush ginger with the side of the knife.
boil ginger in water. once boiling lower the temperature and add chopped green onion.
add 2-3 egg whites and mix until egg is cooked.

I take these when I get sick and it helps remedy the symptoms. Most of the times it also cures the cold ^^ My family have been doing this for sick members and I will pass on the tradition to my young'uns when I have them XD.

I grate fresh ginger, put the juice in to hot black tea, add the honey, then drink it. not only it works for my cold but also it tastes delicious. the point is raw ginger.

I make one tea for colds to pull out all the stops. I buy Traditional Medicinal's Gypsy Cold Care, that has equal amounts of yarrow, peppermint, and elder flowers. I boil 3 to 4 cups of water, grate an inch of ginger and let it cook, roll and squeeze a ripe lemon into it, and pour this over two tea bags. Then I add a little cayenne and cumin or, stir, add a generous amount of honey, and drink this all day. 2 pots a day does it. Kicks out the flem, raises immune system, and once you have the ingredients around doesn't take long at all. Kind of my 1 in all concoction from all I've learned over the years. Good luck. I'm on it right now.

I am having a bad cold. I have been using ginger tea made with grated fresh ginger, with a little apple cider vinegar. I heat a cup of water in the microwave, take a teaspoon of the grated ginger WITHOUT STRAINING, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a pinch or turmeric and a little ground black pepper, anti-inflammatory. Drink/eat as hot as possible. My upper respiratory symptoms are gone withing 5 minutes of finishing the drink. I think that the raw ginger pieces are the best remedy, fiery hot all the way down to the stomach, but that is part of feeling better. Drink everything hot and stay warm until your cold is over.

I have had the symptoms of a cold for about 6 months with post nasal drip causing phlegm and coughing at night. Last night I made some ginger tea which I drank before bed... I did not cough once during the night and woke up with a clear nose and throat and I could breath without the rattle of excess phlegm in my throat... I am having some more tonight.

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