Recipe: Healing Fresh Ginger Tea

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s been one of those weeks full of craziness over here as the kids have been home from school and a few girls and I were preparing to throw a baby shower for our favorite person in the world.

Yesterday we gathered 20 girls together to wish our beloved best friend well in her motherhood journey. There really is something very special about spending time with a close group of inspirational women, and it is something that as I get older I have wanted to do more. It’s okay to be real, and to get real in those situations, and yesterday we were (roller coaster of wild emotions and all). Thanks ladies, my heart is full today and I can’t wait to see what’s next! :)

Given the time of year, today’s recipe is all about warmth, digestion, and healing. This age-old remedy for good health has been around for ages, and for good reason. When we were kids, this was what we were given when sick, livened up with fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper & honey. Ginger is spicy & warming and does wonders for settling a tired tummy that could use a little rest from perhaps (just a little) holiday over eating.

I’ve been nursing a pot of this on the stove for a few days now and have to thank a friend for reminding me just how amazing this drink is…so thankful. Between this and the high from being around so many cool ladies yesterday – I think I’m set for a great week to come!

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The Less:

Less burden on the tummy means it can feel nourished with little food. Fewer bagged teas means less cost, waste, and more freshness. Less caffeinated & sugary drinks means health is just a cup away, so warming up & wellness come together at less cost.

The More:

More spicy, healing ginger means more warmth & aid to your guts. More aid to your guts means happy tummies all the time. More fresh ways to warm up means less reason to seek them outside, so keeping a pot on the stove makes sense all year round.

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Healing Fresh Ginger Tea:

  • (2) large pieces of fresh ginger, peeled, and cut into thumb sized pieces
  • (6-8) cups fresh water for boiling
  • Optional additions: fresh mint in summer, a cinnamon stick in winter, honey, fresh lemon juice, cayenne powder

Clean up your ginger and slice it into small thumb sized pieces. Combine the ginger in a medium sauce pan and fill with 6-8 cups of fresh water. Bring the water to a boil, and turn the heat down to medium and simmer the mixture at a gentle rolling boil for 20-30 minutes.

For cinnamon ginger tea, add a half or a whole cinnamon stick to the pot in the beginning. For mint ginger tea, add fresh mint to the pot for 5 minutes at the end.

Once ready, ladle into warm tea cups and add fresh lemon juice or honey, or both. To help ward off a cold, add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to each cup. Enjoy by the fire with your favorite book or magazine (not required but highly recommended).

You can keep this going by adding more water to the ginger as you run low and re-boiling again. Simply leave the pot on the stove and add water and re-heat as desired. It really is the never ending ginger tea!

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Healing Ginger Tea | IPOM

Healing Ginger Tea | IPOM

Wishing you all a wonderful, healthy, and feel good week – I am so excited for this year I can’t even tell you. Well, maybe I could ;)

  • Are you taking any measures to restore well-being after holiday over indulgences? If so, what are they?

I’d love to know..for now I am off to make a green smoothie…

Yours in Less,

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59 Responses to Recipe: Healing Fresh Ginger Tea

  1. I LOVE this – sooooo soothing! The world would be a sad place indeed if we didn’t have ginger!

  2. I had an amazing ginger mojito yesterday (yes, I know it has alcohol, but I was having lunch with some of my close lady friends) with huge pieces of ginger and it was so refreshing! I forgot how great ginger is! I will have to try the tea one of these cold winter nights. It sounds great! And yes, I’ve been trying to eat healthier, more salad and chicken, and run more. Wishing you a great 2013 ;-)

  3. This tea sounds fabulous!! I love ginger tea, but would love it even more if I were to make it myself. Lucky for me I have ALL these things on deck!

  4. I love ginger tea, actually ginger anything! If I run out of fresh ginger, I always have Yogi ginger tea on hand.

  5. My French Heaven

    Great post! I just made some and it’s delicious!! Thanks.

  6. You are so right! Nothing like a group of inspiring women getting together :-)
    Gorgeous drink, just what I need today while the rain is pouring down outside :-)
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. I found this recipe a few months back, and it has been a staple in my household. I’m 9 weeks pregnant, and it seems that the nausea will never end. I never thought about adding a cinnamon stick, though… definitely have to try that!!

  8. Shira I’ve been thinking about you lately! I’m so happy to see you’ve had plenty of time with family and friends. Interesting enough, I’ve also been thinking about ginger and put it on my shopping list only hours before I read this. :)

  9. Reblogged this on Freak Of Nature and commented:
    Could do with some of this right now….next thing on the list to try out :-)

  10. Oh goodness I could have used this last week, I was hit with a terrible cold and sore throat – definitely keeping this one in my archives….I am just coming off of a 4 day Juice cleanse (today is my last day), freshly pressed juice for breakfast & throughout the day with pureed non starchy veggie soups for lunch & dinner – I feel so much better, lighter and clearer, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be…it is absolutely a cleanse / detox that I see myself doing every couple of months

    • That sounds fabulous Heather – such an incredible to gift to give ourselves, I live for that feeling of lightness & clarity – wish I could keep it going always! Amazing, and really wonderful to hear, thank you for sharing!

  11. Yes, I am! :) Trying to avoid sugar for a month and step up my workouts!
    Ginger tea also eases PMS cramps, I’ve found. Always looking for a cure for those. :D

  12. I woke up this morning with a cold and lay in bed remembering that I used the last of my ginger yesterday. I was already wanting this tea and now here’s your post. You may just have inspired me to make the 10 block trek to the store. I love this tea and make it whenever I have the sniffles. I have never tried it with cinnamon. Lovely idea. Thank you.

  13. Your photos are amazing! What kind of camera do you use?

    • Thank you! I use a Canon Rebel…nothing too fancy but a good camera is super fun to use – hope that helps! Feel free to email me if you have any questions, thanks so much! :)

  14. This looks gorgeous…thanks for sharing.

  15. Such a great idea for these cold winter days–I just recently received an article from my mum telling me to soak my hands and feet in ginger water (my extremities get cold very easily), but I like this alternative better. Plus the benefits and taste will be fantastic! http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-healing-benefits-of-ginger thanks as always for sharing, Shira!

  16. I love ginger tea made from ginger root. It is particularly good with lemongrass in it. I like the sound of cinnamon, too, which I have never tried — takes it in the direction of masala chai.

  17. I have not made my own ginger tea in some time so thanks for the reminder Shira.

  18. I wish I’d been drinking this all day! We’re all nursing colds around here, and I have a pile of lemons I just brought back from California. Tomorrow!

  19. Hello! I do like to be able to digest things… I love ginger tea, though I’ve never made it fresh. I had one this morning actually, Shira. Great stuff :D

  20. Ginger Tea!!!! I am inspired to go make myself a cup now :) And such incredibly beautiful pics!

  21. Like Frugal Nick, I love to be able to digest things :) – like Sharyn of Kale Chron. I love ginger root tea with lemon grass. Like you Shira, it’s been a crazy (two, three) weeks. I’ll happily sip some of your warming tea and would love some of your sweet company. xx

  22. Doesn’t that sound delicious! This is my first time to your blog, and I love the concept. I will be coming back again!

  23. I looove the beautiful simplicity of this post- both the pictures and the recipe. You really have a special way of capturing such fresh, beautiful ingredients. Amazing my dear :)

  24. jenniferlduque

    Very good timing for me to be reminded of this ginger drink. I’m down with a cold that I suspect is from not resisting a shared harmonica session with my recovering nieces a few days ago. My mom always used to make this with rock sugar when I was sick. I think I’ll go make some now, actually :). Thank you, and your photos are lovely!

  25. Oh wow, ginger AND mint together sounds heavenly. I am just falling in love with herbal teas all over again after not really having them over the Christmas season – they are my saviour on this detox, whenever I have a sweet craving mint tea just does the trick. They’re so soothing and I am sleeping so much better having a cup before bed! Love the idea of making your own!

    • Wonderful Anna – and good luck on your cleanse! This ginger tea is a wonderful appetite suppressant and I think helped me ward off a cold this week! Happy New Year to you! :)

  26. This tea sounds fabulous. I love the simplicity of your photographs and will be following you in the future. Please check out the food blog I have started at http://www.surreyKitchen.wordpress.com. Thanks!

  27. Oh my goodness. I need this in my life right now. I love ginger tea. Why have I been buying it in bags when I always have a fresh hunk of ginger in my crisper drawer. I even have cinnamon sticks a neighbor gave me for Christmas. I heart this! xx

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  29. Will definitely have to give this healing warm tea a try! Thanks for sharing! xx

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  30. I made this before I saw it here. I made a larger batch and to one portion I added sea salt and reduced it down. I put it in a glass bottle and kept it for an electrolyte. Just today I was put on a 3-day liquid diet for pancreas and I am putting a teaspoon of this in a cup of hot water.

  31. ana

    Fresh ginger root tea is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I have a question though. How long can a large pot of this tea be stored on the counter?

    I ask because I.like to make a large batch and sip on a cup a couple of times a day throughout the week. I much prefer making a large batch at once rather than peel and chop ginger root everyday for a fresh pot. I just don’t know if I’m risking a food bourne illness if I keep it on the counter for an extended period of time. I haven’t gotten sick yet but I thought I’d ask someone who knows more about it. Thanks!

    • gloria

      Did anyone ever answer about how long the tea can be kept on the counter? Like you, I like to make the tea in big batches but then worry that it can spoil.

      • Shira

        Hi Gloria,
        I think it is safe to say a few days on the counter is just fine – if you are at all concerned, you could also store it in the fridge? Hope that helps? Thanks!

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