Powerful benefits of ginger tea
Ginger tea is a spicy and flavorful drink that has some powerful health benefits. Ayurveda refers to ginger as a universal medicine and in traditional Chinese medicine it restores hot energy. With high levels of vitamin C, amino acids, and trace elements such as calcium and zinc it’s a great addition to your daily nutrition. A healthy dose of disease-fighting antioxidant also helps reduce inflammation and boosts the immune system. You may have heard that ginger can calm the stomach and relieve nausea, but it can also help absorb nutrients supporting digestion.
Ginger tea is easy to prepare at home and you can explore different variations to make it your own. Enjoyed either hot or cold, it’s the perfect drink after a meal.Here’s an easy recipe to follow and some ideas for how to play with variations. All you need is a pot, water, thinly sliced ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, and a handful of raisins.
4-6 cups of water
3 in. fresh ginger (peeled and thinly sliced)
1/2 - 1 stick of Ceylon cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 30 min. Remove from heat and steep overnight, then transfer to sealed glass container and store in the refrigerator. Ready to heat or serve chilled as desired and will keep for about 5 days.
Squeezing a quarter of fresh lemon into your hot ginger tea prior to drinking it will lessen the bite of the spicy ginger flavor. You can also sweeten it with either maple syrup or honey if you leave out the raisins when brewing. If you’re drinking it as an iced tea, add a few sprigs of fresh mint to your batch for a refreshing twist. Share some of variations in the comments.