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Hot & Spicy: Ginger Tea

December 5, 2008

Today’s Tea: Organic Ginger Root from Upton Tea Imports

Happily infused by: goodtea

The first time I drank a ginger tissane was in Japan, when a colleague brought back a ginger-ginseng-almond brew from a trip home to South Korea. She proclaimed that the drink improved circulation and boosted your immune system, especially in the wintertime.  Indeed, scientific studies suggest that ginger can help with motion sickness, migraines, high cholesterol, and other problems. But most importantly, it’s delicious and invigorating!

Upton’s Organic Ginger Root is nothing but finely grated bits of pure ginger–no tea leaves here! A teaspoon needs to steep for about 6-8 minutes, but you can breathe in the fragrant steam while you wait.

The tissane itself is quite spicy–after all, it’s pure ginger! It’s really quite intense, so you might want to start with a smaller amount or blend it with another tea.  The spicy taste is amazing, though. It tingles all the way down your throat and makes your head clear up in seconds. It’s also good with a bit of honey, in case you want something closer to the taste of candied ginger snaps.

If you need to wake up but don’t want any caffeine, ginger is the way to do it. I also highly recommend drinking ginger tea when you have a cold (or think you might be getting one). With a bit of honey, it does wonders for a scratchy throat, too. I haven’t tried it yet, but a squeeze of lemon should make this tissane far better than any lemon zinger tea out there!

Conclusion: I drink it when I’m feeling sluggish, sick, or simply cold. It’s amazing how revitalizing a drink like this can be! Definitely one of my all-time favorites.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. sakurae permalink
    December 5, 2008 11:39 pm

    I’m not usually a big fan of ginger teas but they do work wonders for the tummy and this one sounds like it would do a bang-up job of curing what ails you 😀


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