Ginger is pungent, aromic and spicy. Despite it’s sometimes harsh flavor, ginger can be found in many recipes. Especially Asian Cusine. Growing up, I absolutely hated the taste of ginger. As soon as the spice would hit my tongue, the taste would over power my mouth. Flood my nostrils and clear my nasal passage way.
So how fortunate for me that my mom is from Trinidad. She would cook with things such as ginger and garlic most of the time. In addition, she would always have a cold 2 liter ginger beer in the fridge. Which seems to be a pretty common drink amongst people of West Indian decent. As my taste buds begin to mature, my opinion of ginger begin to change. Except for it’s taste in drinks. I do fully enjoy the flavor in my food, which is good enough for me.
Over the past couple of weeks in New York City, the weather has been unpredictable as hell. You don’t know whether you should wear shorts, thermals, a light jacket, bubble coat or nothing at all. When the weather is extremely humid, you really have no choice but to follow suit and dress accordingly. And with the weather being hot one day and then totally cold the next, I unfortunately became sick.
First I had a sore throat, that led to me losing my voice for more than a couple of days. Which was horrible, as I was unable to yell at my kids. I had to clap at them to get my point across. When it seemed as if my voice was returning, my tonsils decided to get infected. It was pretty much down hill from there. After receiving prescription meds, I needed something more to sooth the pain.
While leaving work one day, I ran into one of the residents that live where I work. In one of her many long winded conversations, she suggested ginger tea. It actually sounded like a good idea. I am assuming that was because I just wanted to rid myself of the discomfort, and I was willing to try anything.
Once I got home from work that very day, I tossed around the idea of making this tea. I had to figure out a way to make it enjoyable for me. Well I actually came up with a recipe that sounded decent, and tasted pretty good. Plus I had all of the ingredients in my fridge!
Ginger Tea Recipe
- 4 Slices Of Fresh Ginger
- 1 Teaspoon Of Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Of Teaspoon Of Honey
- A Couple Splashes Of Fresh Lime Juice
- Boiled Hot Water
Place ginger in teacup, add water and other ingredients. Allow tea to sit, so that all the flavors have a chance combine and seep into the water. And that’s it! You are done plus you have an awesome cup of tea. You can always adjust to measurements of ingredients to suit your taste. May I add the ginger tea actually aided in soothing my sore throat, which I was extremely grateful for.
In addition to the ginger helping to alleviate the discomfort in my throat, it also provides a few health benefits such as:
- Helps With Nausea/Morning Sickness
- May Reduce Muscle Soreness (If Used Everyday For About 11 Days)
- Anti-Inflammatory And Antioxidant Properties
- Lower Blood Sugar
- Treat Chronic Indigestion
- Reduce Menstrual Discomfort
- May Lower Cholesterol
- Fight Infections (Such As Sore Throats)
I am quite sure there are plenty more health benefits that can be found with the regular use to ginger. The only downside I can actually think of is it can give you gas when you drink it. I guess everything can’t be perfect, now can it?
So go try this tea, and you do not have to wait until you have a sore throat to try it either.
Give the recipe a swirl and tell me what you think.