Ginger, Scallion Root Tea

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a curative formula traditionally used in Chinese households as a specific remedy for curing colds, flu, and other bronchial ailments of the "cold" type.(This phrase denotes those bronchial ailments accompanied by chills rather than fever. Since the tea is a warming yang formula, it should not be used for colds accompanied by fever.) It is also an effective therapy for "stomach colds" accompanied by diarrhea, for nausea and motion sickness, and for chronically cold hands and feet. Adapted from A Spoonful of Ginger: Irresistible Health-Giving Recipes from Asian Kitchens by Nina Simonds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the ginger slices and scallions in a small pot (preferably glass or ceramic) and add the sweetener, sea salt, and water. Bring to boil, stir well, lower heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain and serve hot.
Most Helpful

Sharon - My sister gave a similar recipe for me to try on my DD (as a soup), since she is sick a lot and has stomach nauseau often. Hers included miso, seaweed and shiitake mushrooms also. Here's what she said about it "Basically the miso, the seaweed and the shitakes are DEEP immune builders (and d@@n tastey!), the ginger, the cayenne, the scallions help remove excess heat from the body and get circulation going." Maybe I'll post the recipe...

WI Cheesehead March 27, 2009

I made this for *Zaar World Tour III* and for my hubby who currently has a cold. He described it as "liquid fire". I had a tasted and WOW it had strong flavours. Thank you Sharon123

Chef floWer June 13, 2007

I chose this recipe for it's unique ingredients, not thinking I would enjoy them much. Boy oh boy was I suprised, I really enjoyed this drink. It's peppery, spicy, sweet and a touch salty. It makes for a great winter drink as it's very warming, I also think it would work well as a pms drink :) thank you for posting this recipe Sharon.

lemoncurd December 10, 2006