Some Ginger Tea Side Effects and Precautions

Before you enjoy some ginger tea, browse through these potential ginger tea side effects and precautions. 

Herbal teas have been treasured for centuries, not only for their lovely flavor and aroma, but also for the multitude of wellness benefits they can provide. Still, because herbal teas contain active ingredients, it's important to keep in mind that not every herbal tea is the best choice for each of us, especially when taken in large amounts. 

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Prior to adding any herbal tisane to your daily routine, be sure to learn more about any potential side effects associated with that tea. To get you started, here are some precautions and tips for drinking ginger tea, and in using this tea topically, as well. 

Some General Precautions about Ginger Tea Side Effects

In general, ginger tea is considered safe for healthy adults. However, when you're first getting to know ginger tea, introduce this zesty beverage to your diet gradually. As with any warming, spicy food or drink, too much may irritate your mouth or leave you with an upset stomach, diarrhea, or mild heartburn. 

Use ginger tea in moderation and, if you're considering adding significant amounts of ginger tea to your diet for any reason, ask your herbalist or another healthcare provider about safe amounts of ginger for you. In general, it's recommended that adults not exceed 4 grams of ginger (from all sources) daily. 

Please also speak with your trusted healthcare professional about ginger tea if you are being treated for any condition or taking any herbal remedies or medications (such as blood pressure, diabetes, or blood-thinning medication), as ginger may impact the efficacy of these medications.  

Also, if you enjoy ginger tea regularly and you have a medical or dental surgery scheduled in the near future, ask your surgeon or healthcare provider if you should exclude this tea (with its blood-thinning properties) from your diet until after your surgery. 

Make Your Own Ginger Tea from Scratch

Drop by our "How to make Ginger Tea" section for good-for-you recipes for hot ginger tea, iced ginger tea, and Salabat (a delectable traditional Filipino ginger tea), as well as a comforting ginger tea bath and restorative ginger tea compress. 

Ginger Tea during Pregnancy

While some sources suggest that ginger should be avoided during pregnancy (in case it may raise the risk of miscarriage), other sources indicate that moderate amounts of ginger are safe to consume for short periods of time during pregnancy. 

Recent research suggests that ginger may be a natural, effective way to relieve symptoms of morning sickness (including vomiting, nausea, and dehydration). If you are expecting (or planning to fall pregnant), check with your healthcare provider about safe amounts of ginger and ginger tea during your pregnancy and while breastfeeding. 

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Ginger Tea during Menopause

If you're in perimenopause or menopause and you love your ginger tea, keep an eye on how drinking this tea affects you. Ginger tea is well-known for its exceptional warming properties, and some may find this tea a difficult combination with hot flashes. 

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Ginger Tea Side Effects with Topical Use

Ginger tea is not only a healthful, delicious beverage - this herbal tea has wonderful topical benefits, as well, when added to a bath or used in a tea compress. Before you sink into a relaxing ginger tea bath or apply a ginger tea compress to achy joints or a sore back, read more here about potential ginger tea side effects and precautions for topical use. 


If you've been looking for a delicious, aromatic herbal tea with many wellness benefits, ginger tea may be a good choice for you. This incredible tea can provide so much goodness and support for wellbeing, whether you enjoy it as a hot or cold beverage, added to a bath, or applied as a compress. 

To be sure you're making the best choices for you and your household, stay informed about the herbal teas in your tea stash. Ask your herbal practitioner, naturopath, or another healthcare provider about ginger tea side effects and benefits, too. 

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