20 March 2011

Recipes: Ginger Tea Healing Remedy

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I had a terrible head cold this past week. It started with a mild headache on Sunday and turned into a full-blown nasal-clogging, sinus headache cold by Monday. It was tough making it through my classes on Monday and Tuesday, particularly, but by Thursday, I was feeling much better. During my cold, I drank a lot of ginger tea. If you haven't drank ginger tea while you were sick, you really should try it the next time you feel a cold coming on. It's very easy to make and inexpensive.

Moira's Ginger Tea Healing Remedy
1/2 inch piece of fresh gingerroot (buy extra, because you'll probably want more than one cup during your cold)
1 or 2 wedges of fresh lemon
1 T. honey
1 tea bag (green tea, optional)

First, peel the ginger with a spoon. This might sound weird, but the skin is very soft. If you rub the side of a spoon it will come off very easily. Grate or chop the ginger very fine. Pour 1 cup of hot water over the ginger and allow to steep for a few minutes. (If you are using a tea bag, add it now). Squeeze lemon juice into the cup. Stir in honey to taste. Honey, ginger, and lemon all have healing properties, so combining them all together increases their potency. I never add tea to my ginger tea, but Nick doesn't like ginger very much, so I make his with tea to take away the super "gingery" ness of the drink. If you like ginger, add more to taste!

You could alternately make a huge batch of this and head up individual servings as needed. Stay well!


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