Lemon and Ginger Tea

Get rid of the sniffles and get back to feeling 100!

It seems like almost everyone I know is suffering from some type of cold or the sniffles, including myself! I say it’s time to get rid of the sniffles and get back to feeling 100 with this cold busting tea. All it takes is a few little ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Ginger, lemon, Honey/Brown Sugar, Cayenne pepper & garlic..yes garlic just trust me on this one. But the best part is there’s no boiling involved all you need is a blender and hot water. I like to call it my lazy tea in a hurry. It’s so easy you’ll be making it all season.

This tea takes me back to those cold rainy days in school when we would populate the nurses office just to get a hit of her magic cold busting honey and lemon tea. We’d all huddle on the tiny couch expressing our serious cold/flu situation and watch her attended to the really sick patients with bigger problems. Of course the tea came with lots of  stories and sipping the hot tea as slowly as possible. Totally convenient for skiving a certain class. (Gosh I hope my teachers don’t read this..lol) Nonetheless it cured all our colds in just 3 days. So thank you Nurse Jackie for taking care of us.

This lemon and ginger tea kicks things up a notch with the ginger and cayenne and works wonders in just a few minuets. For my version I really go crazy with the ginger and ease up on the chilli because I confess I am a chilli lightweight but ginger is definitely my friend.  It helps tame my allergies and is a great tonic for just about anything. Have it hot or cold! It’s perfect for warming you up this season and keeping those nasty colds at bay. So without further a do let’s make tea and feel better.



1 Cup fresh ginger (About 1 handful)

1 Big Lemon ( with the skin peeled off including the pith)

1 Garlic clove

3-4 Tbsp Honey or Brown cane sugar

1/2 Tsp cayenne pepper

3-4 Cups Hot Water


Add the hot water and ginger to a blender then blitz until its blended. Don’t mind the froth you’ll strain the tea at the end. Next add in a quartered lemon, garlic clove and blend once more. Finally add in the cayenne pepper and brown sugar if you’re using sugar instead of honey. Give it a final blend for about 30 seconds then grab a sieve and strain the tea into a container. (Best to strain it into a large container or pot, it easier.) Once you’ve squeezed all the tea out of the pulp store the tea in a flask and get ready to get cosy. Store the pulp in a container and use it to cook with any of your dishes.

If you decide to sweeten the tea with honey do it individually in each cup. Blending honey with a hot liquid kills the good enzymes in the honey and just causes it to froth up.

Tip: If you are a chilli champ then you can amp up the chilli to help sweat out more toxins.

Enjoy, and get well soon!

Sylvia Jemutai
Sylvia Jemutai

Sylvia Jemutai is a food and lifestyle photographer, writer, food stylist, and designer based in Nairobi. Exploring life through delicious food and photography one plate at a time. With a fondness for delicious home cooked meals, mammoth salads and occasional dessert for breakfast.