OK, so to be perfectly honest, I rarely drink alcohol. I’m not recovering, I don’t have medical issues it would exacerbate, and I don’t have a moral issue with responsible alcohol use. It’s just not usually my thing. As it happens, I’m writing this on New Year’s Day, and thinking of all my friends who could use this advice. I just really like ginger, and enjoy this tea. So whether it’s the real flu, or the “morning after flu”, or you just need a cleansing and refreshing drink, give it a whirl!
This tea is fantastic mostly because it tastes good. Served hot, it is warm and comforting. Served cold, it makes for a spicy and refreshing cooler. I’ve even heard that if you wish to begin your hangover, you should add 1 oz bourbon to 8 oz of this tea and serve it over ice garnished with a mint sprig. That’s second-hand information to me, but if you give it a go, let me know in the comments!
Why It’s Good for You
If you’re feeling icky in the tummy, or you’re hungover, you likely need water. It’s in here, but it won’t hurt you to sip more while the tea steeps. Dehydration can cause nausea, making it a horrid cycle as the nausea causes more dehydration. So, water.
Ginger is a favorite for almost anything that ails digestion. Morning sickness, hangover, flu, motion sickness… the list goes on. Ginger helps to settle the tummy, and provides some anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties to help fight off illness. This is especially helpful if you spent last night in a crowded venue eating junk food and imbibing while someone else sneezed near the buffet table. Or on you.
I add lemon to this recipe for two reasons. The first is that it tastes good. Ginger and citrus work well together, and it shows here. The next reason is that it contains vitamin C, long appreciated for aiding the immune system and helping to shorten the duration of illness. (If you don’t have lemon, lime and orange work well in this recipe, too. Leave the amounts the same, it’ll be just fine 🙂 )
Chamomile tea, like ginger, has been used to soothe tummy problems for generations. Even Peter Rabbit’s mom gave him chamomile tea after he overdid it in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Chamomile is also thought to calm muscle spasms by raising levels of glycine in the body, and has been shown to boost the immune system.
Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar, fight bacteria, and aid in memory retention. If you’ve over-imbibed or been with a crowd, cinnamon is your friend. Plus, it adds to the deliciousness.
Himalayan Pink Salt:
There are plenty of arguments over what salt is best. For this recipe, I like the Himalayan salt or a Dead Sea salt because they contain those extra trace minerals your body may need. Ordinary sea salt or table salt may be substituted, though you may want to cut back on the amount slightly.
First, get your supplies. You’ll need:
- Small saucepan, or similar vessel for heating water.
- Cheesecloth, strainer, French press, or other method to strain your tea.
- Grater, chopper, or knife to mutilate the ginger
- Knife to slice lemon
- Stove or other source of heat
Now Make Some Tea, and Blessed Be!
Ginger “Day After” Tea
2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger
1 1-inch Cinnamon Stick
2 Tbsp Loose Chamomile or 2 Chamomile Teabags
2-4 tsp Honey
2-1/4 cups Water
1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
Using your knife, take the yellow peel from about ¼ of your lemon. If you have a zester and prefer to use it, feel free. This isn’t precise, just do what you can!
Slice the lemon into four wedges.
Peel and Chop your ginger. Actually, for this recipe, peeling is optional so if you’re confident you’ve washed it well, it’s your choice. Leaving the peel on may result in a slightly cloudier tea. I like this chopper/grinder for ginger (and garlic).
Bring your water to boiling, add the ginger, and reduce the heat to low.
Cover the ginger, and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, add chamomile, cinnamon, lemon zest, salt, and the juice from two lemon wedges.
Cover and allow to steep for 8-10 minutes, depending on your preference.
Strain using cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer. Alternately, pour into a French press and push the solids out. (I don’t like to do the steeping in the French press, because mine seems to allow the water to cool too quickly.)
Sweeten with honey and additional lemon to taste. I use about one teaspoon per serving. If you’re trying to soothe an upset tummy, too much sugar of any kind can be detrimental, so use caution. Otherwise, make it like you like it!
This recipe makes about 2 8-oz servings. It is easily doubled or tripled, and the finished product can be kept in the refrigerator for several days. Re-heat, or serve over ice straight from the fridge.
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