Ginger tea is a beverage in many countries, made from ginger root. In China, the tea is made by boiling peeled and sliced ginger to which brown sugar is often added. Sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added to give a flavour. From its main ingredient ginger tea derives a flavor that is spicy and stimulating.
Ginger tea is usually used to prevent colds and to aid digestion, and also as a home remedy for nausea and sore throats. It also has a remedial effect on diarrhea and stomach ache due to low body temperature. It is purported to aid blood circulation. Scientific studies investigating these effects have been inconclusive.
Scientific studies have shown ginger provides short-term relief of pregnancy related nausea and vomiting. Studies are inconclusive at to its use for other forms of nausea or in treating rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or joint and muscle pain. Side effects, most associated with powdered ginger, are gas, bloating, heartburn, and nausea.