This year, the weather turned chilly in very dramatic fashion and one by one my clients canceled their appointments due to cold or flu. I am pretty amazed and thankful that in my 3+ year career as an RMT I have only taken one sick day (which I suspect was due to the side effects of a detox cleanse as opposed to a genuine flu). A couple sick days can really bring a clinical practice to its knees. I like to think I owe my strong immune system to Angela Wang, my Traditional Chinese Medicine teacher in Sarnia. She once explained to me the immune boosting properties of ginger and gave me a simple recipe for ginger tea. At the time, I was prone to getting ill very easily. Now, as soon as the weather turns colder I start my immune boosting regimen of ginger tea and forget about my hypochondriac worries. I usually take the tea once or twice a day so it’s a good thing that it is absolutely delicious. Normally when I feel a scratch or a tingle in my throat it is almost guaranteed that I will catch something within a day. But now, whenever I feel that little itch, I make some extra strong ginger tea and the illness never seems to manifest. Anyway, it seems to work well for me and I hope that it will help you get through this cold & flu season too.
It is really simple to make. There is no hard & set recipe. Just follow your taste buds.
- All you need is fresh ginger root, honey and water
- I usually peel and slice the ginger and boil it in the water until the water starts turning yellow
- If you want stronger tea let it boil longer until the water is a darker yellow or brown colour
- Using more ginger or less water also makes it stronger
- When the tea is ready, pour it into a cup and add some unpasteurized honey
- If you want, you can also try adding some fresh lemon juice
That’s it! So simple it didn’t feel right writing it down or calling it a recipe.
If you try it, let me know.