If you are looking to add some ginger to your life, you are not alone. There are numerous reasons why moms and dads (and kids!) may want some soothing ginger. Ginger may help ease nausea, stimulate digestion, stimulate circulation and more. But if you head to the “ginger” section of any health food store you will be faced with a few decisions: how much do you want to spend and what exactly should you buy? Well if you are looking for ginger, there is no better place to turn than the produce section! Pick up a fresh ginger root and hop in the kitchen to make this super soothing, stimulating, fresh and raw ginger infused tea. And NO you do not need a fancy expensive juicer to extract fresh ginger flavor – get my secret kitchen tool I use to make this soothing ginger tea quickly!..
My easy fast ‘fresh ginger tea’ secret: use a microplane zester/grater to finely grate the fresh ginger. This releases the flavor instantly. (So you do not have to wait a long time using whole chunks of fresh ginger to steep into tea, which can also be done.)
Easy Soothing Fresh Ginger Tea
16 ounces purified or spring water
1/4 – 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated on a microplane “zester” grater (yes just a few grinds will add all the flavor you seek! Add to taste if needed.)
1-4 tsp grade B maple syrup
1 lemon, juiced (optional)
more spice: if you are looking for an even spicier blend, add a few dashes of cayenne
1. Warm your water. Not to boiling, but more of a warm-hot temperature.
2. Grate your fresh ginger right over top the warm water. You do not have to peel the ginger, but it does help if you do not strain before drinking. Allow the ginger to soak in the water at least five minutes before drinking or straining.
3. If you do not like sipping on little fine grates of ginger, you can pour the tea through a mesh strainer.
4. Add the lemon and maple. Stir and drink. If you really want a warmer tea, you can warm a bit in the microwave before drinking. For a chilled tea, place a few ice cubes in the liquid and place in the fridge until chilled.
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