This Garlic Tea recipe is based on a traditional healing recipe for colds and sniffles. While the garlic flavor is potent, the overall flavor of the tea is balanced by other healthy ingredients including raw honey and lemon juice. Make this medicinal tea recipe the next time you are feeling under the weather!

a glass of garlic tea.

With the frigid weather settling in, we are all susceptible to those dreaded colds. No one has time to be slowed down with constant coughing and congestion, especially around the holidays.

As soon as you feel that tickle in your throat, whip this Garlic Tea up for instant relief.

Garlic Tea Benefits

  • Only using whole, natural ingredients, you can rest assured that this tea provides the comfort you are looking for without all of the unhealthy additives found in over-the-counter medications.
  • This recipe fits into most lifestyles, as it is both dairy-free and gluten-free.
  • You’ve found a beverage that has the potency you need with the right balance of flavors. The garlic is perfectly paired with the sweetness of honey and the tartness of lemon, making this tea one that you will not have to gulp down in a hurry.

Ingredients

ingredients for ginger tea on a counter.
  • Fresh garlic cloves are a natural booster for the immune system that can help prepare the body to fight against yucky bacteria and infections during the flu season.
  • Honey provides a sweet flavor to complement the other ingredients. Not only is the taste pleasant but as an added bonus it is also known to possess anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, plus antibacterial benefits. Honey is always a good idea if you have a sore throat.
  • Ginger contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties with lots of scientific evidence to support its use.
  • Fresh lemon juice has always been well-known for its enjoyable aroma and flavor; but this little fruit is also packed with Vitamin C, making it the perfect addition to this delectable hot beverage. You might also like my Cinnamon, Lemon and Bay Leaf Tea!

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact measurements.

Recipe Steps

Step One

Peel and crush each garlic clove.

Slice the ginger root into thin slices.

Set the ginger and garlic aside while you bring the water to a boil.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

ginger and garlic being peeled and sliced on a cutting board.

Step Two

Add the garlic and ginger to the boiling water. Cover and reduce the heat.

Allow the mixture to simmer for about 15 minutes.

ginger and garlic in a pot of hot water.

Step Three

Remove the water from the heat and strain the liquid into two mugs.

Stir in the honey and lemon juice. Enjoy immediately!

From my personal experiences plus the stories of many other people, this Garlic Tea made from simple ingredients has so many beneficial effects.

Of course, always ask your doctor about any potential side effects or if you have an issue like sinus infections.

a person holding a mug of garlic tea.

Recipe Tips

  • This easy recipe is very versatile. You can adapt it to your taste preferences and needs. For instance, if you don’t have fresh ginger, you can use a ¼ teaspoon of dried ginger, or just leave it out. You can increase or decrease the amount of lemon juice and honey based on how it tastes to you.
  • This recipe is not a miracle cure for colds or sniffles, but it does have some medicinal properties that may help reduce symptoms. Speak to your healthcare provider if you have questions about whether garlic tea is appropriate for you.
  • This ginger garlic tea is best served on the same day it’s made.

Recipe FAQs

What are the benefits of Garlic Tea?

The ingredients in Garlic Tea are known to reduce inflammation and aid in a faster recovery from cold and flu symptoms. While this tea is not an instant cure for illness, it can certainly help provide relief and give you a boost to help your body fight those nasty germs.

Will this tea give me garlic breath?

Yes, in spite of all the potential health benefits of garlic, one downside is that it can give you garlic breath. If you wish, you can reduce the amount of garlic in this recipe to reduce the chance of garlic breath or indigestion.

Can I use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic?

It’s best to use fresh cloves of garlic for this recipe.

Can I use maple syrup to sweeten the tea?

Yes, but honey has a number of health benefits that maple syrup does not have, such as antioxidant properties and antibacterial properties.

Will this tea help with weight loss?

This cup of garlic tea is not designed for weight management, but it can help with overall health.

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a glass of garlic tea.

Garlic Tea with Ginger & Honey

This Garlic Tea recipe is based on a traditional healing recipe for colds and sniffles. While the garlic flavor is potent, the overall flavor of the tea is balanced by other healthy ingredients including raw honey and lemon juice. Make this medicinal tea recipe the next time you are feeling under the weather!

  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons honey (try to use raw, locally sourced honey if possible), divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about half of a lemon), divided

Instructions

  1. Peel your fresh garlic and crush each clove gently with the flat side of a chef’s knife.
  2. Use the back of a spoon or a paring knife to cut the skin off the ginger. Slice the ginger root into thin slices or chunks.
  3. Set the garlic and ginger aside while you bring your water to a gentle boil in a medium pot.
  4. Add the crushed garlic (and ginger, if using) to the boiling water.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and put a lid on the pot. Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes with the water, garlic, and ginger.
  6. Remove the pot from the heat after simmering.
  7. Strain the mixture into two mugs to remove the garlic and ginger pieces.
  8. Stir in the honey and lemon juice into each mug, stirring to combine.
  9. Serve the tea immediately, while it’s still warm.

Notes

  1. This recipe is very versatile. You can adapt it to your taste preferences and needs. For instance, if you don’t have fresh ginger, you can use a ¼ teaspoon of dried ginger, or just leave it out. You can increase or decrease the amount of lemon juice and honey based on how it tastes to you.
  2. This recipe is not a miracle cure for colds or sniffles, but it does have some medicinal properties that may help reduce symptoms. Speak to your healthcare provider if you have questions about whether garlic tea is appropriate for you.
  3. This tea is best served on the same day it’s made.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 68
  • Sugar: 17.8 g
  • Sodium: 10.5 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: tea, ginger, lemon, honey, hot, colds, congestion, healing, traditional

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About the Author: Carrie Forrest has a master’s degree in public health with a specialty in nutrition. She is a top wellness and food blogger with nearly 10 million annual visitors to her site. Carrie has an incredible story of recovery from chronic illness and is passionate about helping other women transform their health. Send Carrie a message through her contact form.