Lemon Ginger Tea
aids with digestion – a good thing after the holidays – and this is a detox drink as well.
It’s popular as a natural treatment for cold and flu symptoms and it also helps to combat stomach discomfort. Well now that’s a remedy we could use after this busy and over-eating holiday season.
When we were growing up my mom always kept ginger ale in the house. Whenever one of us had an upset stomach she would always give us a small glass of ginger ale. I do have to say it always made us feel better. I wonder if it was because we very rarely drank soda and were happy to have a glass of bubbly.
The Lemon Ginger Tea I made this weekend is a recipe I found in Woman’s Day magazine this month. The recipe sounded so easy I thought I would ‘google’ it to see if there was any additional information about its benefits and history. Little did I know it is all over Pinterest and everyone is making it.
The recipe is quite basic and everyone’s version is pretty much the same. A little fresh ginger, honey, lemon and water is all you really need. Squeeze the juice from 1/4 wedge of lemon into a glass, add the honey, pour in the boiling water and let it steep for at least 10 minutes.
I got a little inventive and made a green tea version which I really liked and definitely will continue to make for myself to warm up on blustery winter days.
- ¼ of fresh lemon
- 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp. honey
- 10 oz. filtered water, boiled
- Fresh Mint Leaves (optional)
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a large glass.
- Add in the grated ginger and honey.
- Pour in the boiling water. Stir well and let sit for 10 minutes.
- I strained the mixture to remove some of the chunks of ginger. If you enjoy the ginger certainly leave it as is.
- I added fresh mint for flavor and garnish.
Ginger is an herb with many health benefits, has been used for centuries in many cultures and is considered one of the most powerful gifts of nature.
FYI – Ginger can be very beneficial, however there are some benefits of ginger that can be detrimental to many with special health issues. Some of those issues are hypertension and diabetes – ginger can interfere with anticoagulants, beta-blockers and some insulin medications.
I never knew that using ginger can be harmful. Many of us use ginger in our recipes with no ill effects. The small amounts we use in cooking are heated yet we still get the flavors we desire. However, it definitely is worth noting these facts and do a little research if you or a loved one likes ginger and may be taking medications.