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Soothe a sore throat or settle an upset tummy with our delicious, lemony Ginger Tea!A few months ago, we were visiting some friends, and Jack was feeling just a little under the weather. Nothing serious…he hadn’t slept well the night before, and his stomach was bothering him. But it wasn’t a stomach bug – more likely, something he ate just wasn’t sitting well. Our friend, Virna, suggested that he try some ginger tea. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, and studies have proven that it can be – in some cases – a very effective way to settle an upset stomach, as well as soothe a sore throat. Virna made Jack a cup of ginger tea, using a packaged mix that she bought at a local Asian supermarket. It worked, and Jack felt better – but then noticed that the packaged mix was very, very high in sugar. So then, Jack set out to make his own ginger tea, using fresh ginger root, lemons and water. And he decided to sweeten it with a monk fruit sweetener rather than sugar. (Monk fruit sweetener tastes very similar to regular, cane sugar. You can, however, use whatever sweetener you’d like.)
Is Ginger Tea really tea?Technically to be called a “tea,” there would be actual tea leaves from the tea plant in this beverage. But – there are no tea leaves in our recipe today – and calling tea made from ginger root is widely accepted. Fast forward a few months – and we’ve been enjoying this a delicious, soothing, lemony ginger tea that is just as good (or even better) than that packaged mix. Jack cooks up a batch of this easy recipe, then keeps it on hand in the refrigerator. It has become a nightly routine to heat up a cup of tea before bed – and he’s sleeping much better these days! You may enjoy these other comforting recipes:
4 ounces fresh ginger
1 whole lemon
6 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener (or other sweetener of your choice – quantities may vary)
2 quarts water
Slice the fresh ginger into quarter-inch thick slices. Lay them on a cutting board and hit each slice with the back of a knife from one end to the other. Turn and do the same in the other direction. Flip and repeat on the other side then place into a 3-quart sauce pan.
Slice the lemon and remove seeds then slice each half in half. I did not use the whole lemon, the amount you use is up to you. Add to the pan along with the monk fruit sweetener and water and bring to a boil.
Boil five minutes then cover and remove from heat. Wait ten minutes then strain and serve.
Store ginger tea in a pitcher in the refrigerator. Heat a mug full at night before bed.
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