It’s that time of year when sniffles, sneezes, and coughs will soon be everywhere. Below is a quick and easy recipe for homemade ginger tea. Now, it may be mind over matter, but I drink ginger tea for sore throat relief and it works just fine.
Ginger has many uses in any shape or form. In addition to bringing relief to a sore throat, it reduces nausea from pregnancy, motion sickness, chemotherapy, and surgery. Ginger can be consumed as a tea, cookie, bread, ale, and in many dishes (i.e. Thai curry).
1 – 2″ of ginger
2 cups of water
1. Put water in a pot.
2. Grate ginger directly into water.
3. Boil water for at least 5 minutes to steep the ginger. You can steep the ginger longer if you want a stronger flavor, but reduce the heat to medium.
4. Strain the ginger from the water and pour in a cup.
5. Add about a teaspoon of honey.
There you have it. A simple recipe for homemade ginger tea for sore throat relief.
I’ve tried boiling slices of ginger in water and it works just as well. The only difference is that you have to steep the ginger for a bit longer to get the same flavor intensity.
I use a coffee/tea press to strain the ginger from the water. The recipe will also work if you just steeped slices of ginger in an infuser in hot water.
You can also add lemon juice or a drop of food grade lemon essential oil to your tea for extra flavor.