Today, I decided to relax with a cup of fresh lemon ginger tea, since the weather is quite miserable outside. Since it was so enjoyable and easy to make, I decided to post about it. There are so many emotional and physical benefits to be gained by drinking homemade ginger tea. It is known to aid in the digestive process, reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, fight colds, build the immune system, and reduce nausea and symptoms of morning sickness. I find that drinking ginger tea reduces stress and is very comforting, especially on cold rainy days. There are so many ways to prepare it, but I find the simplest method to be the best.
First, I peel a fresh piece of organic ginger root and then cut about 12 to 15 pieces which are each about the size of a quarter. You could peel the ginger root with a traditional vegetable peeler, but a spoon works great to get into those nooks and crannies.
Next, add the pieces of ginger to a small saucepan with about 2 cups of water and heat to boiling.
When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat to a low/medium simmer and simmer the ginger root pieces for about 15 minutes. While the tea is simmering, I like to squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon into my tea mug. After 15 minutes, strain the tea into a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup.
Pour the liquid from the pyrex cup into your tea mug with the lemon juice. If you want your tea to be spicier, take a couple of pieces of the ginger root out of the strainer and drop them into your tea cup. You could just leave them in the cup for a stronger ginger tea, which I always do. That’s it! Lovely ginger tea with lemon…
I love the following video clip showing how to prepare ginger tea because the woman in the video, Sumeiyu, is so adorable and inspirational. I love how she talks about ginger tea as if it is “the answer” to all of life’s problems from bad colds to depression caused by financial problems. In this video, Sumeiyu does not peel her ginger root and she pounds the cut pieces to separate the roots. For the record, I always peel my ginger root and I do not pound the roots. She also prepares her ginger tea with honey, but vegans don’t use honey. Once again, lemon juice works great for me. You could also use agave nectar, brown rice syrup or stevia to sweeten your tea, if you wish.
If you are interested in learning about the health benefits of ginger tea, then enjoy this informative video too. The preparation of the tea in this video also involves honey, which I would exclude from my tea; but I think this video is great!