Drink this lemongrass ginger tea to help keep illnesses at bay, aid in digestion or drink for the pure enjoyment of it.
If you’re looking to fight off a cold this winter, I recommend making this lemongrass ginger tea a regular part of your life. I believe it’s one of the reasons why I haven’t gotten a cold this year, even though there’s been a lot of sick people all up in my space.
Natural medicines including the use of herbs and spices are traditionally used in the Eastern hemisphere both in the prevention of illness, as well as a way to combat it. Here in the Western world, we aren’t quite so lucky to have doctors who understand herbal medicine to the same degree, but I do believe a change is coming sooner than later.
Ginger and lemongrass are both known to relieve nausea, and aid in digestion, while lemons are full of Vitamin C, which is a daily requirement for our bodies. Lemongrass also has a calming effect, can relieve anxiety symptoms, and works as a natural sedative for those who have trouble sleeping at night.
Lemongrass has many other benefits including keeping the bladder and kidneys working properly by acting as a natural diuretic, and can prevent acne breakouts because of its anti-bacterial effects. What a magical, little twiggy plant, right?
In this recipe I wrote to use half of a lemon. Typically what I do in my house after juicing lemons, is place them back in the fridge and use the remaining juice-less lemons in teas such as this one. It’s a great way to use up scraps without having to use a fresh lemon. You still get the flavor and benefits. If you were to do it that way, I recommend using two halves, like in the picture below. It mainly depends on the lemon flavor you’re looking for.
You can use the same idea when it comes to ginger as well. If you made dinner earlier that had fresh ginger in it, hopefully you saved those peelings because they are excellent to recycle in tea as well.
The addition of honey not only makes this tea taste better, but works with the other ingredients to boost your immune system. I personally like to use raw honey to get more nutrients, but regular honey works just as good.
- 1 stalk of Lemongrass
- ½ Lemon, sliced
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2 inch knob of Ginger
- 2 cups of Water
- 1 Tbsp Honey
Prepare lemongrass by slicing into smaller pieces so it will fit into the pot. Then slice down the middle to expose the inside.
Combine water, ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass and lemon in a small pot and bring to boil. Turn off, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
Strain into a cup and stir in honey. Enjoy!