Fresh Ginger is a most essential ingredient for every kitchen. Besides being the king of savory and sweet spicy spices (how’s that for a description), it’s distinct pungent flavor brings heat and life to so many recipes we love. From soups and sauces to healthy desserts, ginger has a way of literally stealing the show every time. But aside from all that, there will undoubtedly be (many) times that you’ll be drawn to it for its medicinal properties.
Because never mind how disciplined you are with your food choices, if you are living a balanced life that includes the occasional glass of wine or a cocktail (or two), and maybe even a regrettable cheese-soaked treat on a square of bread, you will have those moments when you wake up in the morning and your stomach and head will feel a bit off (read: not good).
A Natural Remedy
Ginger Tea is hands-down, THE go-to standard as a surefire way to quickly settle an achy stomach, ease discomfort and indigestion, and calm your system. Now if there’s heartburn or indigestion, you might feel you need a fizzy drink -which is why I recommend that you always, ALWAYS have a few Ginger Ale stocked in the closet- but Ginger Tea is the gold standard for easing digestive ailments and bringing you quick relief.
Drinking a cup of it a few times a week is generally good for you. Not only is it purported to reduce pain and strengthen immunities, there are several claims that swear it fights cancer and aids in weight loss (I’m a believer). All I know is if you drink it reasonably often, it will help you to feel good all the time.
The spicier the better, I always say. This tea is incredibly easy to make (great bollocks, does this even need a recipe?):
- 2 cups water
- A sprig of fresh ginger root (maybe 2-3″ of root)
- Sprig of fresh mint (optional)
- Honey (optional)
- Squeeze of lemon (optional)
- Peel ginger root and slightly crush it.
- Place crushed root in a small pot with the water.
- Bring to a boil on medium flame, then simmer on low for a minute or two.
- Wash mint and throw it in at the start of the simmer (optional).
- Pour and sweeten with honey (optional).
- Squeeze in lemon (optional).
Aids in settling stomach aches, indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach and helps soothe your digestive system. Works best if you are not eating all kinds of crap to begin with.