Herbal Tea Feature | Ginger

Can we create a judge-free bubble for a minute? I had a couple too many glasses of wine to drink the other night and I definitely had a hangover the next morning. Mind you, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually done that and I’m not too terribly experienced in hangover remedies. But when you need to get up and get going, you find a solution right?

Off I went to my tea cupboard to see if I had anything that said “hangover cure tea.” I knew that ginger soothed tummy aches and reduces nausea but I’ve never heard of ginger being a hangover cure tea. Common sense told me that it may work so off I go to boil up a kettle.

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I’m telling you, after I drank that spicy cuppa, I was able to get on my feet! Not in a I’m-still-dragging-my-feet way. I mean, in a bounce-in-my-step, skin-a-glowing, revitalizing way! Can anybody relate???

So I wanted to know more of the ways I could use ginger in everyday life and this is what I found:

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HISTORY

Not to be confused with “wild ginger” from North America, ginger is native to the tropical parts of Asia and a popular ingredient in Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and other asian cuisines. Ginger traveled with the Spaniards into the New World and now is extensively grown in the West Indies.

TASTE

pungent, spicy, warming, clean, juicy.

BENEFITS
increases blood flow and circulation
warming sensation, good for healing the body from colds
lowers cholesterol
prevents blood clotting
stops nausea, morning sickness
increases metabolism
stomach soother
eases sore throats, fights off cold and flu
improves and clears the respiratory system
antiseptic agent for digestive, urinary and respiratory systems
helps treat arthritis and joint pain

cures hangovers!

USES
the benefits of the ginger plant comes from the root in either its raw natural form, juice, or powder
drink ginger tea to ease motion sickness during travel, to reduce nausea or morning sickness during pregnancy, to relieve upset stomach discomfort, to soothe menstrual cramps

Try ginger cookies or candy!

STEEPING TEA
typically needs to be slightly sweetened with honey and/or lemon

tip: blend it with peppermint. heat and spice of the ginger is balanced by the cooling peppermint

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Now I’m finally coming around to drinking ginger tea for the fun of it, and not strictly in a medicinal way. Mind you, my sweet tooth has the best of me, so I sweeten my ginger tea with honey and lemon.

Obviously, I’m not a doctor, just a tea aficionado. This blog is a compilation of the information I found as I researched this herb. Please check with a medical professional before use.

I hope you got a bit of a laugh and enjoyed this herbal feature on ginger!

Keep on steeping,
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Why You Should Be Cold-Brewing Your Herbal Tea

I’m having a love-hate relationship with tea right now. I adore my cuppa but my body isn’t liking the heat. I’m inclined to make a big pitcher of iced tea instead but my teas have been tasting a bit on the bitter side.

Off to google I go!

So I’ve heard of cold brew coffee before, but cold-brewed tea? not so much. I didn’t know it was a thing!

So I thought I’d take you through my journey with cold-brew teas if you haven’t tried it yet!

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What is cold-brewing or cold-steeping?

“brewing” or “steeping” teas in cold water and extracting its flavors over a longer period of time.

Why you should be cold-brewing/steeping your teas:
  • easier to steep than hot brews (less risk of oversteeping)
  • less bitter and astringent taste (due to less tannins being released)
  • naturally sweeter
  • you still get all of the antioxidants
  • proportions for steeping not as critical
  • perfect for spring/summer
  • idiot-proof!

You can cold-brew almost any kind of tea! Black, green, white, oolong, etc. and especially herbal teas! With herbal teas, you can even use fresh herbs…just give it a quick muddle to extract more flavor.

How to cold-brew or cold-steep your teas
  1. Add one spoonful of looseleaf tea or one teabag for every cup of tea into a pitcher or mason jar
  2. fill pitcher or mason jar to the top with cold, filtered water
  3. pop it into the fridge overnight
  4. strain looseleaf tea or teabags
  5. pour over ice or a to-go container
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Tip: the longer you leave it in the fridge steeping, the more flavor, antioxidants and color it extracts. Try leaving it in for a minimum of an hour or two versus overnight. See which one suits your fancy!

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My cold-brews sat in the fridge for 11 hours.

 

The only way you can screw up a cold-brew is if you forget it in the fridge! #coldbrewfordays #NOT

I loved all of the cold-brewed teas that I made, except the Mint. I’m a little underwhelmed that it didn’t infuse more like the loose leaf teas. I’m guessing that because it’s a fresh herb, that it needs to steep for longer.

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Well, tea lovers, I hope you give cold-brew a go and let me know how it goes!

Keep on steeping,

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