by Lesley Kim

There’s nothing worse than getting a cold that just won’t go away. My mom swears that ginger can alleviate the symptoms of a cold.  I personally agree that ginger tea can do wonders. The use of ginger in herbal medicine has been going on for thousand of years. Ginger has been known to help ease gastrointestinal issues and has anti inflammatory properties.  Ginger is also great for boosting the immune system.  IMG_1444I wanted to share an easy, ginger tea recipe that I like to drink once in a while, especially during the winter season, to boost my immune system.  This ginger tea recipe contains ginger (of course =)), honey and lime juice.

As mentioned earlier, ginger is great for boosting the immune system.   Honey, which has an antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, also does an amazing job at boosting the immune system. Honey also soothes scratchy throat, making it ideal for treating colds and coughs.  Rich in vitamin C, lime is the perfect addition to this ginger tea.

Try this ginger tea next time you get a cold, or even as a way to boost your immune system. It’s a little spicy, but I also think its delicious.  You can always decrease the amount of ginger and increase the honey and lime juice if the taste of ginger is too overwhelming for you.  I personally love ginger, and can devour crystallized ginger by the handful. I don’t drink ginger tea regularly, but if I am feeling a cold coming on, I will drink a cup or two. It’s fairly easy to make and cost less than the ready made ginger tea bags. And it tastes much better =)IMG_1445

Ginger Tea Recipe
half of a medium sized ginger, cut in small pieces
lime juice
honey

Directions:

  1. Boil ginger in 4 cups of water
  2. spoon away the ginger pieces and discard
  3. add lemon and honey, based on your personal preference
  4. Enjoy!