It's stressful managing fear and all the news about the COVID-19 pandemic racing around the world. So it's more important than ever now to take the time to relax. Take a breath. Find ways to nurture yourself. Since I returned from Mexico earlier this week, this immunity boosting Honey Lemon Ginger Tea is my answer.
Travel out of the country?? I know, I know. It might sound a little crazy right now, but the trip was long planned, and the virus totally exploded while we were gone.
And it was, hello, worth it – and worth the extra pounds I put on.
For a week, my husband, Carnivorous Maximus, and I immersed ourselves in a culinary trip run by The Farm Cooking School, located in the Delaware River Valley. Ten of us swung along bumpy dirt roads in remote areas of Baja Mexico, cooking up authentic Mexican feasts in outdoor kitchens. More about this trip in future posts! The food was over-the-top delicious, which you'll be seeing over the next months with my own twists.
I came home to raging news, rampant global sickness, a plummeting stock market and this Honey Lemon Ginger tea.
Immunity Boosting Benefits of Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
Honey's antioxidant and antibacterial properties help improve the digestive system and boost immunity. Its antioxidants are also very effective for removing free radicals from the body.
Lemons boost the immune system with both its abundant vitamin C and potassium, and help detoxify your body of illness-promoting free radicals. Even if you don't make this tea, start your day with a glass of water and a lemon wedge.
Ginger is closely related to another health powerhouse – turmeric, and has a long history of use in both traditional and alternative medicine. Ginger aids digestion, kick-starts your metabolism, and is an effective detoxifier. Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties help fight off the flu and common cold.
When you combine all three, my friends, you have a powerful immunity booster that is ready in minutes and tastes great.
Additionally, as I posted in a newsletter to readers subscribing to my Vegetarian Challenge series, it boosts energy during the day. Go check out my 5 Easy Ways to Boost Energy post, if your energy flags during the day.
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Bottled Lemon Juice vs Fresh Lemons
I admit it. I have a jar of lemon juice in my refrigerator. Maybe you do too. But is it really the same as juice freshly squeezed from a lemon? The answer is NO.
I can't tell the taste difference between the two in a recipe, but in a tea like this, I can definitely taste the difference.
The health benefits are diminished in the jarred version, and preservatives are typically added. Since this tea is all about immunity boosting health benefits, and it only takes a minute (or less) to slice off a wedge of lemon and give it a squeeze, use fresh lemon in this recipe.
Ginger in a Tube vs Fresh Ginger
If you read this blog regularly, then you know I use Ginger Paste from Gourmet Garden. But the nutrients of ginger are compromised in the tube, so for this tea, use fresh ginger. It's worth the extra effort.
BTW, you don't need to peel the ginger for this recipe, only coarsely grate it.
And now, let's make this tea.
Update! This tea was recently included in a roundup of 50 teas on the Tea Leafed website (it was number #22!). If you're looking for more tea ideas (and some fabulous information on teas in general), go check it out here!
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 - 2 wedges
- 1 teaspoon coarsely grated unpeeled ginger root
- 1/2 teaspoon raw honey, or to taste
- Heat the water in the microwave or on the stovetop to boiling. Pour into a coffee cup.
- Coarsely grate the unpeeled ginger root, and place in a tea infuser.
- Squeeze the lemon juice into the cup of water and drop in the tea infuser. Steep until cool enough to drink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the honey.
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