Ginger – The Medicine Chest of Ayurveda
An old Indian proverb says that “everything good is found in ginger.” For thousands of years Ayurveda has recommended this “universal medicine”. According to Ayurveda, disease starts in the gut, so everyone should have fresh ginger before lunch and dinner to stimulate the appetite, improve digestion, enhance absorption of nutrients, and clear the microcirculatory pathways of the body.
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for Cold and Flu prevention.
So, at this time of year I want to share my recipe for Ginger Tea Concentrate.
It’s great to have on hand to warm you up or soothe a sore throat and help prevent the cold and flu.
Ginger Tea Concentrate
• 2 palm-sized chunks of fresh organic ginger root (about 1 ½ cups when minced)
• 3 ½ quarts water
• 6 lemons
• 3 pinches Cayenne Pepper
• 1/2 tsp Himalayan Rock Salt
• Valencia Orange Flavored Stevia to taste (I used honey)
1. Rinse and scrape the ginger root, then mince it. I use a food processor.
2. Add the minced ginger to 3 ½ quarts of water.
3. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the water is reduced by half.
4. Let the liquid cool. This is important because if you add lemon to boiling hot liquid it kills the enzymes in the lemons.
5. Add the juice of the lemons, cayenne pepper and Himalayan rock salt.
6. Strain into jars for refrigeration. This is actually a concentrate that you will dilute when you serve it.
• Use 1/3 ginger tea concentrate to 2/3 water.
• If you are going to drink this as hot tea, warm it on the stove before adding sweetener.
• If you are going to drink it at room temperature, add sweetener and enjoy.
Sweetener suggestions - Valencia Orange Flavored stevia, agave nectar, coconut sugar or honey.