Immune boosting tea

Ginger and lemon tea to help protect against conoravirus by hormone specialist and London Nutritionist Kay Ali

Photograph by Kay Ali.

With all this talk of the Coronavirus, it's important to take extra measure to support your immune system. And if your oestrogen is low due to where you are in your menstrual cycle or perhaps a hormonal imbalance such as peri-menopause, you want to be extra cautious. That's because oestrogen helps regulate our immune response.

Recently, I've been enjoying this warming ginger and lemon tea, which is bursting with nutrients that may help prop up our immunity. Ginger is loaded with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that help keep our immune system in check. Although acute inflammation is an important part of normal immune response, chronic inflammation can harm your immune system, potentially increasing your chances of illness. That's why it's important to up the anti with high antioxidant foods like ginger.

What's more is, many test-tube and animal studies suggest that ginger can enhance our immune response. What excites me most is that ginger has powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. One test-tube study found that fresh ginger had antiviral effects against human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV), which causes respiratory infections.

Combined with lemon (and optional honey) and you have an anti-viral powerhouse. The main benefit is all down to its high vitamin C content, which has been shown to boost immune function. The special thing about this recipe is it doesn't heat the lemon up, keeping its vitamin C content in tact.

Here's how to make it


  • 50g organic ginger grated (if using non organic, make sure you scrub very well and use 100g)

  • 3 organic lemons, juiced

  • 500ml mineral water

  • 1 tbsp manuka honey (optional)


  1. Grate the ginger into a saucepan and add the water. Pop the lid on and bring to boil on a low heat.

  2. Once boiled, allow to stand for 45 mins. I recommend doing this the night before so that you have it ready in the morning.

  3. In the morning, you will need to heat your ginger up again. Otherwise, go ahead and add your lemon juice.

  4. Sieve the tea and stir in your honey.

  5. Enjoy.

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