As published in Ecoparent Magazine www.ecoparent.ca
There is likely no food that soothes queasy or upset tummies better than ginger tea! From an Ayurvedic medicine perspective, ginger tea’s wonderfully healing qualities make it useful for treating vata imbalances, such as digestive disturbances, because it enhances all three phases of gastrointestinal function: digestion, absorption, and elimination.
In addition to its zesty ignition of “digestive fire”, this golden woody root has other nutritional benefits. One of ginger’s key constituents, gingerol, has been shown in research studies to have powerful anti-inflammatory actions. This supports its centuries-old inclusion in the herbal medicine chest of most healing traditions as a tea for treating colds and flus. Ginger is also effective at treating nausea, motion sickness, and it can be safely used during pregnancy. During cool weather it is especially warming and nourishing for anyone of any age or ailment to sip ginger tea throughout the day. Try adding fresh lemon juice to lend a bit of citrus zing or a dash of honey to sweeten and mellow this pungent spice.
1 Chop an unpeeled 2-inch knob of whole ginger into coarse pieces or slices and place in a medium-sized pot with 4 cups of water.
2 Bring to a boil and reduce the heat, allowing the tea to simmer for about 15 – 30 minutes (longer for a stronger tea).
3 Strain the tea and store in a thermos bottle or glass jar.
For a flavour variation:
» squeeze a wedge of lemon for a citrus spike
» add a dollop of honey to sweeten
» add mint leaves to mellow out the pungence
» use all of the above!