Anyone having the winter blues yet? With snow from our second major storm on the ground and temps in the single digits, some feel-good tea is in order. My stepmom introduced me to this tea a while back and I’ve been hooked ever since. No steeping of leaves required! Here are just a few more reasons you might want to brew some of this tea right now:
- This tea feels cleansing and will help to ease a sore throat or congestion.
- Both ginger and cinnamon are anti-viral and anti-microbial so this tea should also help ward away illnesses.
- Ginger improves circulation, making you feel a little toastier on cold winter days.
- 2 cups water
- 1" piece of ginger
- 1 cinnamon stick
- A few drops of fresh lemon juice
- raw honey (optional)
- Bring water to a boil
- Add ginger + cinnamon
- Let steep for 10 minutes
- Stir in lemon juice + honey to individual servings
Warning: Honey for kids > 1yr only
We have an electric kettle that we use to make this tea over and over again in a given day (even a couple of days) with the same piece of ginger and the flavor holds up. The cinnamon stick can be reused a few times too, until it uncoils and doesn’t contribute to the taste anymore. The first brew will result in a tea with a light pink color, but after a few brews, it turns into a burnt red color. Pretty neat.
As with anything else, if you are introducing ginger to a young child for the first time, do so slowly and note any reactions in a log or perhaps a handy app for tracking this sort of thing (shameless, I know!). Although one of the main benefits of ginger is that it settles the stomach, too much ginger can cause an active digestive reaction, if you know what I mean. Excess ginger can also cause uterine contractions, so be mindful if you are pregnant.