Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ginger Tea


It's cold outside! South Florida has not been immune to this long winter. Today in Jupiter, the weather is predicted to be in the 40's with low's in the 30's; the perfect day to brew up some ginger tea.

If you have never had ginger tea, you are missing out on a treat. Ginger tea is made by boiling peeled and sliced pieces of fresh ginger "root" found at your local grocery store. I say ginger "root" because ginger root is not a root at all. The "root" is actually the plant's rhizome, or underground stem.

To brew ginger tea, we typically use about a one to two inch piece of the ginger's rhizome per 20 ounces of water.  Bring to a boil, add honey, and you have a delicious drink. For additional flavor, you can add freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice.

Ginger tea is very soothing. It can have a slight zing to a potent punch depending how much ginger you use. The honey make's it sweet and spicy at the same time.

Ginger tea is said to have several medicinal benefits, including:

- cold prevention
- digestive aid
- increases circulation
- decreases inflammation

Ginger is on the FDA's "generally recognized as safe" list. However, it does interact with some medications and may not be safe for people suffering from gall stones or gastric ulcers. Speak with your doctor prior to consuming.

While we can't confirm any of the medicinal claims, we find ginger tea to be a soothing relaxant. A cup prior to bed is the perfect way to unwind from a stressful day.

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