The first time I decided to try it, an internet search turned up all sorts of recipes and ideas, some fairly complicated. I tried instead simply slicing some ginger root and boiling it up to drink with lemon and honey--that worked fine for us. We like it quite strong, to the point that the tingle in the throat it causes could be termed a slight burn. With some experimentation, you can find the best strength for your taste.
To make simple ginger root tea,
- break off a length of the root and wash it as you would a baking potato (I leave the skin on for tea since we don't eat the pieces)
- cut slices, anywhere from quite thin to 1/4" thick at the most
- put the slices in a pot of water and bring it to a boil
- boil for 10 - 12 minutes
- strain into a mug
I add about 1 tsp. of lemon juice and honey to taste (probably a Tbsp. for me--I don't measure it) and drink up. It is both tingly and soothing for a sore throat and helps open up clogged sinuses. The photos show the amount of ginger root I used for about 3 cups of water, with a quarter coin for size comparison (after they posed for me, I cut the larger pieces into fourths for boiling).
Ginger root tea has become a favorite alternative to black tea for me, even when I feel fine. It is refreshing and restorative, as well as adding significant anti-oxidants to the day.
Question of the day: What is your favorite home remedy for a cold?