Honey Lemon Ginger tea has been my warm, cuddly, comfort, go-to drink during these cold winter days. It is especially helpful when experiencing dry or sore throats and upset stomachs during this cold/flu season. This drink can be enjoyed warm or cold. Its recipe is simple, flavorful and packs on the health benefits as well.
Back when I was a kid I drank the fizzy soda ginger ale whenever I had the cold or flu during the winter months. This recipe is a great replacement in having all the added benefits and hydration, without the sugar and chemical additives that ginger ale provides.
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea is a quick and easy beverage that is just as zingy and refreshing as any ginger ale that could be found for purchase. Plus, it’s homemade fresh right in your own kitchen.
Ginger has a long history of being used as medicine for a variety of ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism, digestive health issues (such as indigestion, constipation and ulcer), cardiovascular disorders (atherosclerosis and hypertension), vomiting, diabetes mellitus, and cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties for controlling the process of aging. Furthermore, it has antimicrobial potential as well which can help in treating infectious diseases.
Lemons have a great number of health benefits. Lemons aid in digestion and detoxification. It helps digest by breaking down fats and detoxifies by keeping you hydrated to promote regular bowel movements, make you feel less bloated, and relieve constipation. Lemons have also been shown to promote healthy skin, weight loss, boost energy and mood, prevent kidney stones, and enhance the immune system.
Both ginger and lemon are known anti-inflammatory foods that help relieve pain and swelling. So if you have aches and pains with the cold winter weather, this may help that too!
Raw honey is another nutrition packed ingredient in this recipe, but what exactly is raw honey? It’s a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers.
Raw honey contains bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, provide natural allergy relief and boost overall immunity. Honey’s ability to prevent allergies is based on a concept called immunotherapy. How so? The bees in your neighborhood go from flower to flower collecting pollen that causes you to suffer, but when a you consume local raw honey, you also consume that same offending local pollen. After some time, an allergy sufferer may become less sensitive to this pollen that previously caused problems and experience less seasonal allergy symptoms. Many seasonal allergy sufferers have found local, raw honey to be helpful because it desensitizes them to the environment triggering their allergic reaction.
Some other benefits of raw honey has shown it can help with everything from low energy, sleep problems, coughs, diabetes and even weight-loss. Switching to raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
Servings: 1-2 Time: 5 minutes
~1 Tbl of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into strips
~1/4 of lemon, squeezed
~1 Tbl of raw local honey ( I get mine from my neighbors at Cu Biee Honey in Marseilles, IL you can contact me for their information if you would like to get some from them)
1.) Boil water in a kettle or tea pot
2.) Pick desired mug or insulated to-go cup and put in lemon and honey.
3.) Add hot water.
4.) Steep ginger in a mesh tea bag or place in cups for 1-3 minutes.
5.) Remove ginger and enjoy!
Easy peasy lemon squeezy :)
About the Author:
Ariel Zimmerlein is a health coach, farmer, and speaker. Ariel helps get to the root cause and reverse chronic symptoms of those with chronic health conditions who are often challenged by pain, digestive issues, depression, and anxiety. Ariel focuses her practice on nutrition, stress, and environmental toxins with a special interest in mental/emotional health.
She uses her B.S. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, a functional medicine approach, and her lifetime experience with chronic illness and childhood trauma to empower other to live life fully regardless of the circumstances they have been given. She runs her therapeutic farm and health coaching business, AZ Farm & Wellness. She loves to grow food for its inner and outer healing benefits.
To learn more and work with Ariel, visit her at www.azfarmwellness.com.