Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

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.

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1" piece of ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A few drops of fresh lemon juice
  • raw honey (optional)

Preparations

  1. Bring water to a boil
  2. Add ginger + cinnamon
  3. Let steep for 10 minutes
  4. Stir in lemon juice + honey to individual servings

Notes

Warning: Honey for kids > 1yr only

http://www.littlebitesrecipes.com/2014/01/22/ginger-cinnamon-tea/

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.

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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.

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