I make this comforting tea (OK, technically it's an infusion) every time I have a cold. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, and works wonders for sore throats and congestion. It also stimulates circulation and the lymphatic system, which helps rid toxins from the body. In Ayurvedic medicine, ginger is considered a “warming remedy.”
The key to this recipe is fresh ginger root - no substitute will do. How much is really up to you; I'd start conservatively and work up.
- 2 1/2 inch piece fresh, peeled & coarse-grated ginger root
- 1 liter (4 cups) boiling water
- Juice of 1/2 lemon (or to taste)
- 1 Tbsp raw honey (or to taste)
- Spices optional (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.)
While the water is boiling, peel and grate the ginger. Fill a stainless steel insulated pitcher with the boiling water and ginger, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and honey, and strain into a cup. Add spices if desired.
Since the container holds heat, I let the tea sit most of the day. It will get stronger, and can be added to taste to a mug of hot water, i.e. 1/3 tea, 2/3 hot water. Alternately, you can add more boiling water directly to the pitcher.