Homemade ginger tea is about the easiest thing in the world to make, and it is pretty perfect for dealing with an annoying stuffy nose.
My fiance, Jeffrey, was a bit stuffed up over Christmas, but he thought it was just allergies. Think again! Turns out he a he had a tiny cold, which he gave to me… and anytime I catch something, I get it about ten times worse than he does. So, I spent New Year’s Eve with a sinus infection, sore throat, and headache.
Luckily, we didn’t have plans this year anyway. Usually, we like to go out on New Year’s Eve, but this year, we had decided to stay home a have a Star Wars marathon. NERDS! 🙂
Anyway, at this point, I’ve kicked the illness to the curb for the most part. I just have a lingering stuffy nose. I had some ginger in the house as well, so I decided to brew a cup for myself to help clear up the stuffiness.
Ginger tea works like a charm, especially when you add a little honey to it, which soothes the throat. If you love ginger, you could make this to drink anytime, not just when you’re sick. There isn’t actually any tea in it, so you aren’t getting a dose of caffeine. I’m no doctor, but I also always have some ginger ale when my stomach is upset; next time, I think I’ll try this instead to avoid the sugar and caffeine in soda. Some people also use ginger to treat morning sickness, muscle aches, arthritis, diabetes, menstrual pain, high cholesterol, oral diseases, and more.
So basically, this is a cure-all.
Plus, it is tasty! The ginger flavor is very strong the way I brew it. If you like a milder flavor, try using only half the amount of ginger, and steeping for only 5 minutes instead of 10.
Ginger Tea with Lemon and Honey
- 1 cup of water
- 5-10 very thin slices of fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon honey
- splash of lemon juice
Heat water over high heat until you have a rolling boil.
Remove from heat. Add ginger and cover for 10 minutes.
Strain and add to a mug with honey and lemon.
Drink immediately or chill and serve over ice.
I happen to love ginger! If you do too, here are some other recipes from our blog that feature this flavor…