Fresh Ginger, Lemon & Mint Leaf Tea Recipe May Help Boost the Immune System by Elisa Schmitz

Fresh Ginger, Lemon & Mint Leaf Tea Recipe May Help Boost the Immune System

Putting healthy, immune system-boosting ingredients into your body is important for your immune system every day. These days, we need to be healthier than ever before to prevent and fight off illness. This fresh and healthy ginger, lemon and mint leaf tea recipe is a great way to do just that.

I started drinking a fresh cut lemon, ginger and mint leaf tea a few years ago. Prior to the pandemic, I was an avid world traveler who experienced frequent jet lag. According to the Mayo Clinic, jet lag disorder is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who quickly travels across multiple time zones: "Jet lag occurs because your body's clock is still synced to your original time zone, instead of to the time zone where you've traveled. The more time zones crossed, the more likely you are to experience jet lag."

Jet lag can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms, including daytime fatigue, moodiness, difficulty staying alert, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and just a feeling of being unwell. The good news is that jet lag is temporary; it usually takes about a day to recover for each time zone crossed.

So what did I do to minimize jet lag and recover more quickly? After a flight to Germany, I discovered what I called the "German Jet Lag Cure." (Then, during the pandemic, it became my "Quaran-Tea" to help prevent viral illness.) In Germany, I shared how I was feeling with the wait staff at our hotel in Dusseldorf, and they brought me a steaming mug of fresh cut lemon, ginger and mint leaf tea with organic honey that they swear helps with jet lag and to boost immunity (and a variety of other maladies). Here's why:

After drinking this tea in Germany, I felt so much better! It became my go-to drink not only for jet lag, but for anytime I was feeling unwell. And, during the coronavirus pandemic, I made a pot of it literally every day to help keep my immune system healthy.

Here is your short shopping list so you can enjoy a steaming cup of this farm-to-table tea: fresh lemon, fresh ginger root, fresh mint leaves and water. The organic honey is optional but highly recommended. Enjoy the healthy goodness of this delicious tea!

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Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 6 fresh lemon slices
  • 1 fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into rounds
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • organic honey (or whichever honey you prefer), optional

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Recipe Notes

  • You can add more or less of any of the ingredients, depending on how strong of each flavor you'd like to taste. For example, sometimes I add up to 15 mint leaves for a stronger mint flavor.
  • You can keep adding water to the pot and let it steep throughout the day. I generally make at least six cups of tea from my small pot before I toss the used ingredients each night. However, I gave a batch of this tea to my parents in a mason jar, and they kept the ingredients in the jar, refrigerated, and reused them for several days before they felt it was time to toss the ingredients and start a new batch. Experiment and see what works for you!
  • Store leftover tea in an airtight container or mason jar in the refrigerator.

Here's how you make it:

  1. Fill a small cooking pot or saucepot with the water. Put the lemon slices, ginger rounds and mint leaves into the pot of water.
  2. Bring the pot of water with the ingredients in it to a boil. Boil for about two minutes and then remove the pot from heat.
  3. Let your tea steep about five minutes (the longer you steep it, the stronger it gets). Pour tea into a mug and add 1 teaspoon of honey (or to taste).

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 133

Total Fat: 2.2g

Saturated Fat: 0.5g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 80mg

Total Carbohydrate: 26.2g

Dietary Fiber: 18g

Total Sugars: 1.1g

Protein: 8.8g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 512mg

Iron: 30mg

Potassium: 1246mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This hot tea soothed my stomach and gave me an overall sense of well-being. I'm going to make it not only for jet lag, but any time I'm feeling under the weather! :-) Cheers, my friends! Donna John Meredith Schneider Renee Herren Nicole DeAvilla Holly Budde Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Kim Kusiciel Kimberly Johnson Tiffany Zook Toni B Chef Gigi Gaggero Mike Prochaska
Tiffany Zook
I’ll try it on our trip to Uganda in May. 8 hr. Time difference ...
Kristan Wager
Perfect! Will try this in June for my Israel trip. HATE jetlag. Sounds delish in general!
Elisa Schmitz
Check this out - they serve the same German jetlag cure in Munich as they do in Düsseldorf, just in a different way! Just keep sipping... Donna John Tiffany Zook Kristan Wager
Tiffany Zook
Katie Fulton can we make tea bags ahead of time and drink on the plane?
Elisa Schmitz
Now that’s a great idea, Tiffany Zook and Katie Fulton ! ✈️
Michael Kennedy
Sounds amazing.
I'm in!
Elisa Schmitz
I hope you like it and that it works for you, too, Michael Kennedy !
Elisa Schmitz
I’m in Berlin now, and here’s how they serve this tea here! Still sipping, I love it! Donna John Kristan Wager Michael Kennedy Tiffany Zook Katie Fulton Jan Mostrom
Elisa Schmitz
I’m back in Cologne, Germany, and having the jetlag tea again. Amazing how much better I feel after drinking it! #cheers
Elisa Schmitz
I’m back in Germany and the first thing I had when I got here was my jetlag tea. So helpful and soothing! Donna John Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Renee Herren Chef Gigi Gaggero Tiffany Zook Kristan Wager Michael Kennedy Katie Fulton
Rick St. Peter
I am going to London and Rome next year and I will definitely give it a try!
Elisa Schmitz
Two great destinations! And do try the tea. It really helps. I have had success describing this tea at various restaurants around Europe and they all make a valiant effort to make it for me. It really works! Hope you enjoy it, Rick Peter !
Rick St. Peter
Ok so apparently I have two accounts? I am not sure how that happened but I think Rick PETER is my evil twin!?!?!
Elisa Schmitz
Which account do you use to publish, Rick Peter ? Donna John and I can try to help?!
Rick St. Peter
Rick St. Peter. I commented from my phone and became Rick Peter after logging in through FB.
Rick St. Peter
Also I do the old school jet lag cure in that I try to schedule my flights overnight so I get in early in the morning and then force myself to stay up. I find that I get worse jet lag coming from Europe to the States then I do from going in the other direction.
Elisa Schmitz
Did I mention that this tea also is a fantastic hangover cure? Helped us out on New Year’s Day! Simply add several chunks of fresh ginger, peppermint leaves and organic lemon slices to a pot of simmering water. After steeping for a few minutes, pour into a mug with a teaspoon of honey and prepare to feel better!

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