Historically, ginger was used for the relief of nausea, to treat digestive disorders and colds, and to relieve joint pain. There are many methods of consuming ginger to take advantage of these benefits. While cooking is one of the primary ways of consuming ginger, one of the simplest methods of getting ginger into your body is to brew a tea from the root. Most grocery stores sell fresh ginger, so it is always available in the freshest condition possible. With a few steps, you can brew a cup of natural relief for many common conditions.
> Teacup or tea pot
> Ginger root
>Break off a small piece of ginger from the root.
>Peel the brown skin from the small piece using a vegetable peeler. Exposing the internal flesh of the root allows more of the vegetable’s essence to escape into your tea.
>Grate the peeled ginger until you have approximately one tablespoon for each cup of tea you intend to brew. You may choose to slice or mince the ginger instead; the important thing is to present the largest surface area of ginger to the boiling water.
>Place 1 cup of water per cup of tea you are brewing into a saucepan or teapot and place the container onto the stove.
>Heat the water until it boils, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
>Add the grated ginger to the simmering water.
>Cover the pot and allow the tea to simmer for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the strength you prefer. You may alternatively pour the boiling mixture into a teapot and steep the tea for 15 to 20 minutes. The longer you simmer the tea, the stronger its flavor will be.
>Add your favorite sweetener, lemon and/or milk to the tea if you prefer. Any sweetener will work equally well but the most natural forms are honey or sugar.