Ginger tea

Ginger tea
Type Herbal tea

Other names
  • Saenggang-cha
  • salabat
  • shōga-yu
  • teh halia
  • teh jahe
Origin Asia

Quick description Tea made from ginger

Temperature 100 °C (212 °F)
Time Varies
Regional names
Korean name
Hangul 생강차
Hanja 生薑茶
Literal meaning ginger tea
Japanese name
Kanji 生姜湯
Kana しょうがゆ
Malay name
Malay teh halia
Indonesian name
Indonesian teh jahe
Filipino name
Tagalog salabat

Ginger tea is an Asian herbal beverage that is made from ginger root. It has a long history as a herbal medicine in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.[1]

Ginger tea is usually used to prevent colds and to aid in digestion, upset stomach, diarrhea, and nausea. It is also used as a home remedy for cough and sore throats.[2][3][4] Ginger tea is also purported to improve blood circulation.[5][6]


Ginger is native to Southeast Asia and has been grown in China and India since ancient times.[6][7] It is believed that ginger was introduced to Europe by Arab traders as part of the spice trade.[7] Today, ginger is also grown in Central America and Africa.

Regional Variations and Customs

Ginger tea can be drunk by itself, or served alongside traditional accompaniments, such as milk, orange slices, or lemon.[8][9]

Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore

In Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore cuisines, ginger tea is usually called teh halia.[10] It is not a pure ginger tea, as it is brewed of strong sweetened black tea with milk or condensed milk.


In Indonesia it is called teh jahe, although in Java, a local version of ginger tea enriched with palm sugar and spices called wedang jahe is more popular.[11]

Wedang Jahe is a type of Indonesian ginger tea.[11] Wedang in Javanese means "hot beverage" while jahe means "ginger". Although devoid of any caffeine content, it is often served and enjoyed as an invigorating tea. It is made from ginger rhizome, usually fresh and cut in thin slices, and palm sugar or granulated cane sugar, frequently with the addition of fragrant pandan leaves. Palm sugar can be substituted with brown sugar or honey. Traditionally people might add spices such as lemongrass, cloves and/or cinnamon stick.[11]

Milk, either fresh or condensed, might be added.[12]


In Japan, it is called shōgayu (生姜湯).[13]


In Korea, ginger tea is called saenggang-cha (생강차; 生薑茶, [sɛ̝ŋ.ɡaŋ.tɕʰa]). It can made either by boiling fresh ginger slices in water or mixing ginger juice with hot water.[14] Sliced ginger preserved in honey, called saenggang-cheong, can also be mixed with hot water to make ginger tea.[15] Nowadays, powdered instant versions are also widely available.[16] When served, the tea is often served garnished with jujubes and pine nuts.[17] When using fresh gingner, the tea can be sweetened with honey, sugar, or other sweetener according to taste.[14] Garlic, jujubes, and pear are sometimes boiled along with ginger.[14]


In the Philippines, it is called salabat and served in the relatively cold month of December.[18]

See also


  1. "Ginger (Overview)". University of Maryland Medical Center. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  2. "Soothing Ginger Tea". Lakeland Ledger. 19 May 1991. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. "Flu-fighting foods can relieve symptoms". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 17 February 2000. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  4. Henry Phillips (1827). History of cultivated vegetables: comprising their botanical, medicinal, edible, and chemical qualities; natural history; &c., &c. Henry Colburn. pp. 216–.
  5. "Wonder herb called ginger". New Straits Times. 3 January 1992. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Buat sendiri di rumah" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  7. 1 2 Sheere Ng (9 October 2012). "Be like Ginger, the model citizen". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  8. "Ginger Tea with Orange Slices". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 29 October 1971. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  9. "Lemon Ginger Tea". The Evening News. 18 May 1988. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  10. "Plen-tea-ful uses". Daily Express. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  11. 1 2 3 Pepy Nasution (12 February 2010). "Wedang Jahe (Indonesian Ginger Tea)". Indonesia Eats.
  12. Anita (5 August 2013). "Wedang Teh Susu Jahe – Ginger Milk Tea". Daily Cooking Quest.
  13. Martha Stone (23 February 2015). Japanese Cookbook: The Traditional and Simple Japanese Cuisine. Martha Stone. pp. 1–. GGKEY:H99J4YXSAAL.
  14. 1 2 3 "Saenggang-cha" 생강차. Doopedia (in Korean). Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  15. Agbor, Nnehkai (16 March 2017). "8 Healthy Korean Teas To Enjoy Throughout The Year". 10 Magazine. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  16. The Korea Foundation, ed. (2004). Korean Food Guide in English. Seoul: Cookand / Best Home Inc. ISBN 89-89782-10-4. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  17. Parker, Ann (23 August 2016). "Sushi San, Restaurant Review: New sushi spot transforms former Felton home of Mama Mia's". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  18. Caroline Joan Picart (January 2004). Inside Notes from the Outside. Lexington Books. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-0-7391-0763-8.
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