African Lemon Ginger tea – This super healthy Juice is very common in most West Africa. This juice is a blend of spicy, tangy, sweet and tart: The Ginger adds sharp spicy flavor, the Lemon adds the tangy taste while the Pineapple adds it’s own sweet and Tart taste to the Juice. This combination is suitable for any season of the year that is why you can make this juice as a hot body warming winter Juice or as a cold thirst quenching summer drink.
Let’s break this down a little bit. This lemon ginger tea is basically ginger lemonade because it’s basically lemonade with some added ingredients like pineapple; and the alliance of the Ginger, lemon/Lime, and pineapple is not only cordial but appetizing. Prepare this at least an hour, or make and refrigerate overnight so that the flavors can meld.
In Africa, this is more of a juice for us than a tea. Something like Ginger iced tea. It is usually served immediately after eating any oily food to help neutralize the effects of the oil in the body. However, whether you serve it as an iced tea on a hot summer day or as a hot tea for a cozy winter day, the drink remains comforting, and the health benefits remain the same.
Traditionally, Lemons are usually used in this recipe but I used both Lemon and Lime. Feel free to use only Lemons if that is what you have and Limes only works as well in the absence of Lemons.
You can watch the detailed video on how to make the Lemon Ginger Tea Juice below:
Some Health Benefits of Lemon
- It’s a good source of Vitamin C
- It freshens breath
- Prevents Kidney stone
- Aids digestion and helps to eliminate waste from the body
- Helps clear skin because it has natural antibacterial qualities
- Believed to have cancer-fighting properties
- Lemon and Ginger support the immune system by aiding the elimination of Toxins and the Tangy Pineapple coupled with both the Lemon and Ginger also help to aid digestion, and it’s also good for weight loss (when accompanied by good eating practices).
Some Health Benefits of Pineapple
- Helps to support the immune system
- Strengthens the bone
- Aids Digestion
- It’s anti-inflammatory
- Reduces skin wrinkles
- Also loaded with Vitamin c
Some Health Benefits of Ginger
- Treats many forms of Nausea
- Reduce muscle pain and soreness
- relieves cold and flu
- It’s anti-inflammatory
- Lowers blood sugar
- Improves heart health
- Reduces menstrual pain
- Fights infections
…and of course, I added honey which is known for it’s antifungal and antibacterial properties. With all the listed benefits, it’s clear that this drink is not just refreshing but really healthy too.
- Feel free to use Lemons or Limes if you don’t have both.
- Traditionally, this recipe calls for sugar, but I always use honey for mine. Feel free to use your choice of sweetener
- You can make this juice as a warming winter Juice or as a thirst quenching summer drink.
Lemon Ginger Tea (Ginger pineapple Juice)
- 1/2 lb Ginger
- 1.5 lb Pineapple
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- 3 Cups Water Room Temp.
- 5 Cups Hot Water
- Honey or any sweetener to taste
- Wash and peel the Ginger and cut it up into chunks
- Peel and remove the core of the Pineapple and cut into chunks as well
- Blend the Ginger and Pineapple with 2 Cups of Water
- Strain the blended Ginger and Pineapple with a fine mesh and rinse out the leftover pulp with an additional one cup of water
- Squeeze in the Lemon and Lime juice and add your choice of sweetener together with the 5 Cups of hot water.
- Leave to chill in the Fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Enjoy!
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