I don’t know what’s happening. It’s like all of a sudden everyone is getting sick. Cold, Flu, wet coughs and sniffles are plaguing my household. Keita made this tonic tea once when I was sick and its been in my back pocket ever since. Whenever I have stomach aches, or feel that itch in my throat signalling a flu coming on, it’s the first thing on my list. A true reminder of the power of simple, fresh ingredients.
To make this Tea|Tonic you will need:
A medium sized pot
Ginger, Honey, Lemon, Garlic
Here’s a lil’ break down of all this good good and why these ingredients work so well together;
Ginger| One of my favs. An amazing tummy aid with anti-inflammatory properties. Also a natural antibiotic and circulatory aid, Ginger can also help stimulate digestion and tone intestinal muscles. Ginger supports the digestion of fats, and is an great circulatory aid.
Lemon| Lemon is a wonder fruit. It contains high levels of vitamin C, B6 and Vitamin A. It’s good for indigestion, is a natural blood purifier, cleansing agent antioxidant and antiseptic. It’s also good for the liver, as it helps metabolize fats and is good for peeps with high blood pressure. It also contains small amounts of Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and Phosphorus if you consume the pulpy whiter edges | rind.
Honey| A natural energy booster and source of carbohydrates (great if you’re feeling like crap). Honey has a less dramatic effect on blood sugar levels as it contains glucose (a simple sugar, lower on the Glycemic Index ) which is quickly absorbed by the body in comparison to fructose which is digested more slowly. Fun fact; Honey is essentially flower pollen extract thats been consumed, digested and regurgitated by Bees. Yum.
Garlic| Another favourite. Garlic is anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, natural energy booster and a good circulatory aid wrapped up in a tiny bulb cluster. It’s also a detoxifier, contains anti-viral properties and is a good circulatory aid. Garlic also helps stimulate liver and colon detoxification and helps reduce blood pressure levels as it contains Sulfur, a mineral that promotes elimination of toxins from the blood and lymphatic system. Also helps to lower fats and platelet aggregation (the clumping together of platelets in the blood) thus reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. Oh yeah. It also wards off Vampires and evil spirits. Like, it does everything. The end.
OK. There’s the backstory. Let’s make this already.
Step 1 | Peel and chop your garlic. I used two cloves this time (all that was in my cupboard) but I’ll usually use three or four.
Step 2 | Peel and grate your ginger. Again you can use as much or as little as you like. I love me some ginger so I tend to go a little ham. If you’re sensitive to the punch of flavour ginger packs, try using only one ‘branch’ or ‘bulb’ if you will.
Step 3 | Add your Honey. I usually add two heaping spoons. Both for taste, and energetic purposes.
Step 4 | Now that it’s all grated and chopped (picture shown has a little less than half the material used. I knocked a solid portion of what I prepared off my table and it splattered all over the floor, I swear I have more thumbs than fingers) fill your medium sized pot up with water and let boil at low heat for a minimum of 3 hours.
Step 5, Optional. | If you want to turn this tea into a tonic, you can take all of these ingredients and throw them into a blender with two cups of water, before leaving to simmer. Your ginger will have extra kick and the whole mixture will become a little thicker (for the peeps like myself that have West Indian parents and rate a little heat).
And your done! Super simple right?
You can either drink it hot (which I find super relaxing) or as a cold brew which works more as a lil’ pick me up if you need more of an energy boost. I added cucumber just to give it an extra zing, but you can also add sliced lemon wheels for added Vitamin C and aesthetic purposes. Hope this helps rid you of the weird effing bug thats going around…
Side note; can we talk about this phenomenal cascading blue light illuminating my workspace?! I don’t think it could be more perfect. Grey days I tell ya…there’s always a silver lining…