Herbal Tea Recipe To Heal And Warm You Through The Holidays
Today, there’s a renaissance of sorts going on. We’ve “been there, done that,” and now we’re embracing the simple things of nature. And “taking tea” is in the forefront. When we drink a cup of tea, it helps slow our pace, quiet us, and helps us appreciate the moment. Sharing a pot of tea is instant camaraderie.
Herbal teas have become popular because they’re good for you. If you’ve ever brewed a cup of peppermint tea after an unsettling meal or sipped some chamomile tea to help you sleep, then you have taken advantage of natural properties of herbs for therapeutic value. And they’re caffeine free!
Our body’s healing begins from within, so it makes sense to use an herb’s curative properties by brewing it into tea. When boiling water is poured over an herb and the herb is allowed to steep, the herb’s cell walls are broken, releasing soluble organic compounds and essences into the water — that’s why herbal teas smell so great!
Ginger Tea Ingredients
My go-to tea when someone in the family is feeling under the weather or just needs a cup of warmth to take the chill off.
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped finely
- Peel left on juice of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Honey to your taste
- Cayenne pepper powder (optional)
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add ginger. Cover and let steep 5-10 minutes. Strain ginger, add lemon, sweeten to taste, and add a dash of cayenne pepper.
Here’s how it’s good for you!
Ginger root can be frozen. It calms upset tummies. Lemon contains vitamin C and helps clear mucus. Honey gives energy. And cayenne helps breathing and contains anti-oxidants.
Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH is a member of the Escoffier Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Presidents’ Medal ACF. Rita is an herbalist, author, food columnist, educator, and speaker. Just as important, she’s a wife, mom, and grandma. She lives with her family in Clermont County, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You can find out more about Rita on her website.