3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus): Ginger & Lemon
2nd Chakra (Sacral) : Honey
This ginger tea is created using raw ginger, whole lemons and honey and is quite easy to make. It is a wonderful refreshing drink anytime however it is the best during cold and flu season. At any time I feel run down I make a large batch and drink over many days. I even reuse the same ginger rounds to continue infusing more if needed. If I still find I need support getting my energy back or with a sore throat I will chew on a some water-soaked pieces of ginger. Singers will often drink ginger tea during choir season!
It can be enjoyed hot or cooled and made into a cold drink. It can be as strong or as weak as you prefer. I happen to enjoy making a large batch of a quart or more and like it quite strong. I use a large piece of ginger to begin. After washing I cut this piece of ginger into small round chunks leaving the skins on. These pieces are put into a pot and simmered as long as needed to get the strength of tea I enjoy.
The three main ingredients for a large batch are:
- 2 or 3 Large pieces of Ginger cut up
- Fresh Water to fill large pot – 12 cups or more
- Juice of 3 Lemons juiced
- up to 1/4 cup Honey
This will serve a large community event or can be stored in the fridge or frozen for personal use. It can be adjusted into smaller amounts.
The process is simple:
Wash and cut ginger into small rounds to simmer in a pot of water on the stove. As mentioned above I make a large batch so I use a large soup pot. This can also be simmered in a slow cooker. Remember it can be adjusted for smaller amounts. The longer it simmer the deeper the amber colour and stronger the taste. I add more water if needed. Once the desired flavour is achieved the heat is turned off and the juice from the lemons is added to the pot to infuse along with the honey.
It can be poured into pots to serve hot immediately or cooled to add to pitches of ice for a ginger tea lemonade. I also enjoy creating ice cubes with it to flavour water.
Remember to taste and adjust it to what you enjoy.
More about Ginger
Ginger has hundreds of compounds that can be used for personal healing remedies from relieving gas, constipation, motion sickness and nausea, to inflammation and pain relief. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Ginger has vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, riboflavin and niacin.
In 100 grams of fresh ginger root, there are:
17.86 g of carbohydrate
3.6 g of dietary fiber
3.57 g of protein
0 g of sugar
14 mg of sodium
1.15 g of iron
7.7 mg of vitamin C
33 mg of potassium
1/8th of a teaspoon of ground ginger equals 1 tablespoon of fresh grated ginger
More about Lemon
Lemons also relieve constipation and help digestion. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and considered an anti-oxidant.
More about Honey
Honey tastes great and has been found in traditional medicines dating back 5000 years. Honey is anti-bacterial and has been used for fighting infections, diarrhea, skin irritations, wounds and burns, cough syrup and acid reflux. It is recommended not to used in children under one year old.
- Ginger Tea Makes Friends – by Author JAMES BARBER