Monday, January 16, 2012

Ginger Tea

Before Jamie Lee Curtis had Activia, there was ginger.

No, not the character from Gilligan's Island. The spice. Ginger.

You have probably seen it before. It is that root looking thing you pass over in the grocery store.

When Miss Medical Student was here, she fixed me some Ginger Tea.  And I have to tell you, I did not appreciate it at first. I think we used way too much lime in it and it was a little startling. As she was making it, Miss Medical Student was rattling off the health benefits of ginger. It is an anti-inflammatory, it is good at relieving nausea, and it is good for the digestion.

But, I gave it a second whirl. Decreased the amount of lime and I found it very enjoyable. Dare I actually say....good?

I am a firm believer in the gastrointestinal benefits of ginger. Maybe more so than the yogurt.

Next time you are at the store, pick up some ginger root. Make yourself some Ginger Tea. You might find it enjoyable too.

Ginger Tea

4-6 THIN slices of ginger
1 1/2 - 2 cups of water
Lime Juice to taste
Honey or Agave Nectar

Peel the ginger and cut it into paper thin slices (doing this increases the surface area). Place the ginger in 1 1/2 - 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Heat till boiling. Boil 10 minutes (you can go longer if you want a stronger ginger taste). Add lime juice to your taste. I think I added about 1 Tablespoon. Add honey or agave nectar to taste. Sip away.

It is said that Ginger Tea helps soothe an upset tummy. So next time your children eat too many sweets, keep this natural remedy in mind.

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