There’s been so much news about the flu recently! I hope this post finds you all healthy and flu-less! If you’ve unfortunately caught that dreaded flu, a cold or just feel chilly and need something to warm you, this tea is for you! This won’t take your cold or flu away but, it will bring you some temporary relief and feels really good going down.

Ginger is well known for easing nausea and tummy distress, but it has other benefits too. Spicy ginger warms your body and decreases inflammation. It can help if you’ve got some congestion and a cough.  Another added bonus of ginger, it boosts your metabolism!

Ginger Lemon Tea

1 cup water, brought to a boil
4-5 1/8″ slices of fresh ginger (use more or less to your taste)
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons honey or pure maple syrup

If you are ill, call your favorite someone into the room. Place the back of your hand over your forehead and make a pathetic face. Tell them you heard that this tea can work miracles, but you are just too weak to make it yourself. Then provide them with a link to this site.  If that doesn’t work…

In your favorite mug, pour the boiling water over the ginger slices. Allow to steep for at least 3 minutes, or if you like the spicy heat of ginger, leave them in (that’s what I do). Add the lemon and honey, get under a warm soft blanket and sip slowly.

Notes:

  • When the ginger looks really fresh at the grocery store, firm and plump without any shriveling or wrinkles, I buy some large pieces. I peel them up, then slice a bunch, like you did for this tea and then leave one large piece whole. I freeze them in zipper bags for later use. You’ll be able to make this tea easily whenever you want from the slices and the whole piece is perfect for grating into your favorite recipes that call for fresh ginger. It grates so easily when frozen.