A simple trick to keep warm

Ginger tea! And it’s so easy to make…

Boil about 2 cups of filtered water (please no microwaving!). Grate 1 tsp. of fresh ginger and gather it into a tea ball or bag. Place the tea in a mug and pour in the boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes.

Here’s my friend’s recipe for Hot & Spicy Ginger Turmeric Tea:

  • 2-in piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2-in piece fresh turmeric, sliced, OR 1-2 tsp. powdered turmeric
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • ¼ cup organic maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
  • fresh lemon, to taste

Simmer ginger and turmeric in water, covered, for 20-30 minutes. Simmering elevates the spiciness. Strain. Add maple syrup or honey and lemon juice to taste.

Ginger skin really heats up the body so include it only if you are very cold or feel “frozen.” Avoid ginger, especially its skin, if you experience symptoms of overheating, such as:

  • Burning sensations anywhere in the body, excluding acid reflux which ginger can help treat
  • Light-headedness with a warm forehead
  • Aggressiveness and hostility
  • Excessive perspiration

Ginger is also great with soups, stir-fries, sauces, marinades, pickled cabbage (kimchi), or used as an aromatic for baking fish.

Other than warming you up, this spicy little rhizome has been honored throughout history for its myriad health benefits:

  • Stimulates circulation
  • Refreshes and energizes
  • Soothes anxiety and rigidness
  • Promotes gastric juices that enhance digestion
  • Cleanses the blood, lungs and colon
  • Reduces pain and inflammation, especially in the joint and muscles
  • Treats nausea
  • Relieves fever
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-viral
  • Anti-cancer

Simply put, you can enjoy ginger tea as a great cure-all whether you need protection from the cold, a pick-me-up alternative to coffee, help through an illness, or 20 minutes before a meal to prevent indigestion and acid reflux.

Posted by Andréa in Recipes, Seasonal Eating January 9th, 2012 | No Comments

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