Ginger is generally safe, but some side effects may be experienced if consumed in excess (approximately 4 grams or greater). The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) notes that ginger may cause gas and bloating, abdominal pain/stomachache, or diarrhea. Ginger can increase bile production, so it is a good idea to check with your doctor before consuming ginger tea if you have a history of gallbladder problems.
Drinking ginger tea may also trigger heartburn or stomach upset, similar to the response you might experience after eating spicy foods. Ginger may help lower blood pressure, so lightheadedness is another potential side effect. Ginger also contains salicylates, the chemical in aspirin that acts as a blood thinner, which can be contraindicated for those with bleeding disorders.
Hibiscus is also safe to drink but is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. Hibiscus tea is toxic to the liver in extremely high doses. However, most sources advise that consuming three to four 8 oz glasses of hibiscus tea daily is safe.
It is recommended to consult with a medical professional before drinking hibiscus ginger tea during pregnancy.
Please consult your physician if you feel you have any serious conditions that may require professional treatment or are on any medications.
ALLERGEN: Hibiscus may be intercropped with peanuts. Occasionally, fragments of peanut shells may be present.