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soothing ginger tea

19 Oct

7178625061_796d8d7f0fAs the temperature changes, look to ginger tea for some warming comfort, and calm.

Ginger is famous for its various beneficial properties which include relieving nausea, dizziness, mucus, flu symptoms, menstrual cramps, migraines, and even helps cure athletes foot when used as a foot soak. Ginger helps calm stress, uplifts mood, and stimulates digestion. What could be better?

Here is an easy way to incorporate ginger into your day. Boil up a quick and soothing ginger tea! All you need is ginger + water, and to make it even more delicious, add a squeeze of lemon and a touch of honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 inch of ginger root, sliced thinly (you can keep the skin on)
  • 2-3 cups of water (depending on how strong you like it)
  • honey, as much you like
  • lemon, as much as you like

Directions:

Place sliced ginger into a pot, add water then bring to a boil. Let gently boil for 5-10 minutes. Add honey and lemon, then pour tea into your mugs. You can re-boil the ginger slices for 2-3 more batches of tea.

Photo courtesy of RobotSkirts

Ginger and panela – wonderful winter cold remedy

6 Jan

Ginger and honey with a splash of lemon juice and cinnamon. This warming medicinal tonic is amazingly simple and effective for coughs and colds (ginger opens the lungs, lemon helps to break up mucus, honey helps to gather up mucus to exit the body, and cinnamon warms the body up), for nausea and belly aches, and for warming the spirit after time spent outside in the cold. Traditionally I have always thinly sliced my ginger – at least an inch or two of it and put it to boil for 10-20 minutes or so to make a concentrated brew. Today, a Taiwanese doctor shared his secret – wash the ginger well, then pound the ginger with a hammer (people were sleeping -I used a rolling-pin), but leave it whole. Then boil for 20-30 minutes and mix with panela.

I can’t quite tell if it is different (the pounding of the ginger versus the slicing), but I think it is! It is certainly delicious and will be a regular part of breakfast this week. We’re getting more snow in NYC on Friday – get your ginger brew ready!