Homemade Ginger Tea

Whether you're a pregnant woman with a constant tummy ache or a regular old person with the end of winter blues, this ginger tea will zap it right out of you.  I read an article not long ago (apologies, all, I can't find it) in the NYT science section about homeopathic recipes.  It was part of their Q&A series, and a reader posed the question of whether certain at-home remedies were more effective than over-the-counter medicine.  The Times compiled studies on some more common remedy folklore and found that the only homeopathic aid that was actually proven to be effective at its aims was ginger.  It reduces nausea, aids in digestion, improves nutrient absorption and reduces nasal congestion.  All things that I need right now!  Last week was probably the most difficult of my pregnancy so far.  I was suddenly exhausted beyond belief and my stomach ached morning, noon and night.  This past Friday, Peter and I made some fresh ginger tea like Peter's mom used to make him.  It is unbelievably easy and will deliver the health benefits of ginger deliciously.  Bonus: your apartment will smell wonderful!

Buy a single ginger root.  They are inexpensive and available at most markets.  We found ours at Dean & Deluca (there are 2 roots pictured above) but they should be readily available at places like Whole Foods, among others.  Slice the ginger root into very thin slices (pictured below) with a mandolin or sharp knife.  Place the sliced ginger in a full tea pot or small saucepan.  Simmer for at least 30 minutes.  Strain the ginger as your pour (either into a pot or by the cup) and add a large teaspoon of high quality honey and a squeeze of lemon.  Serve with a slice of lemon.  Just the smell of the tea will make you feel better.  We save the extra tea in mason jars and put them in the fridge for iced tea. I also think fresh mint leaves would be a wonderful addition  (add the leaves directly to the simmering water with ten or so minutes left), and extra delicious in the iced version.  Add plain iced ginger tea to some fresh mint muddled with sugar, 2 oz. of rum or vodka and a splash of seltzer for an amazing ginger mojito!

Pinkies out!

Sliced, raw ginger root.