Ginger Tea

Ginger

Ginger (Zingiberis officinalis)

Ginger (Zingiberis officinalis) Like all herbal teas they are very simple to make – simpler than coffee! Ginger tea like garlic is one favorite of ours that is readily available in the kitchen and is also very useful. Fresh ginger is warming while dried ginger is hot so caution should be advised as the two are used for different purposes. We will talk about using fresh ginger.

Ginger should look firm and not wrinkled or soft. Some people often peel ginger but often giving it a through wash and leaving the skin intact is all we do.

We drink ginger tea to help with the digestive process, anytime a meal does not sit right a cup of ginger tea calms the digestive process right away. Interestingly ginger is the herb of choice for any kind of motion sickness. You can carry along ginger candy in the car to quickly cure the motion sickness. Ginger is also great when you have a cold and when you feel cold keeping circulation going and warming oneself.

Two recipes to try:

1. Strong version: Slice ginger and add to a pot and bring to a boil and lower temperature and let simmer 20 – 30 minutes or until water is a golden brown color. Strain off ginger slices (or I like to keep them in the tea and eat them) and add brown sugar to the tea or any other sweetener like Luo Han Guo, Stevia, cane sugar, or honey and drink.

2. Weaker version: Grate a small piece of ginger or dice it finely (approximately 2 teaspoons, more or less if you like) and place in cup. Add a bit of honey to taste and fill with boiling water stir and cover. Allow to sit for 15 – 20 minutes. You can squeeze a bit of lemon into the ginger tea. Like the strong version I don’t strain off the ginger pieces – their smaller and easier to eat.

***Be careful though some people may be extremely sensitive to ginger and develop allergies if unsure choose the weaker version first.***

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