There’s something so refreshing, warming, and nourishing about a ginger root tea, especially when it is made with fresh ginger. Known as Zingiber officinale, ginger is one of the most widely used herbs around the world. It is helpful for easing congestion and other respiratory problems, improving digestion, relaxing menstrual cramps, balancing circulation, and calming motion sickness. Once the weather cools down, drinking a warm ginger tea can help warm up those cold hands and feet.
1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger root (about 1-inch chunk or less, peeled)
Lemon to taste (I like to use about 1/4 to 1/2 lemon to help clear mucous)
Honey or stevia to taste
Peel and grate the ginger. I like to use my zester because it feels safer to my fingers than those big box graters. You could also finely chop the ginger. If you are lazy, fine slices will do, but you’ll get more of that ginger essence out if grated. Simmer the freshly grated ginger in 2 cups of water for a few minutes. The longer you simmer it, the stronger the tea will be. I’ll usually simmer about five minutes. More than ten minutes will get a bit spicy, but if you like it, go for it. Squeeze lemon, don’t worry about the seeds, because next you will strain the tea. Sweeten to taste. Yum and good for you.
Note that dried ginger is much stronger than fresh. Dried ginger is “hotter and drier.” We’ll go into that in more detail in our upcoming online courses at All Worlds Health Academy.