Tammy's Ginger Tea

I loved reading the original Trim Healthy Mama book, even though it was a bit rambling. There was really good information in it regarding relationships, easy ways of incorporating exercise, and it addressed one concern I had about my children who did not need to lose any weight eating the same food we did - we give them milk with each meal. They sometimes get extra treats, too, but the biggest help was giving them milk.

I had a problem that I needed to address for my health. My parents ran concession stands when I was little and a restaurant when I was a teenager - free soda pop. That had no impact on a very active little girl, but as a young adult who was hooked on soda pop, working at a desk job 12 hours a day 5-7 days per week, it had a huge impact. I needed a way to break my addiction to sodas. Enter: Ginger Tea.

I knew the health benefits of ginger - stomach benefits, cinnamon - anti-microbial, helps with weight loss and insulin insensitivity, and turmeric - anti-inflammatory, natural blood thinner, etc., so after trying their Good Girl Moonshine, I modified the recipe and made my own Ginger Tea.

This broke my cravings for soda, and made me feel so much better overall. Less achy and less prone to illness. If I did catch something, it lasted for a much shorter time than I had experienced previously.

Ginger Tea Ingredients:
  • Ginger root, sliced in 1/8 inch rounds - fresh or frozen.* Powdered ginger works, as well.
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Turmeric root, sliced in 1/8 inch rounds or ground turmeric.

*Note on frozen ginger root: When I get ginger root at the store, I bring it home, slice it into 1/16" - 1/8" slices and put them into a freezer-safe baggy or another container in the freezer. This preserves the ginger and keeps it from going soft or moldy. It can be used for this recipe, put into hot oil for use with Asian-inspired dishes, etc. I have kept it in the freezer for 3 months with no issues.

Preparation Instructions:
Into a saucepan, I add 2 cinnamon sticks if I have them, 10-12 +/- slices of ginger root if I have it (if not, add 1 Tablespoon ground ginger into the muslin bag), 1 Tablespoon cinnamon into the muslin bag, and 1 Tablespoon turmeric to the muslin bag. I pull the ties on the bag and make sure it is submerged. If you would like to add 2-4 herbal tea bags you may, but I recommend trying it without first so you know what the basic beverage tastes like.

Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. If you do not wish to concentrate the beverage, go to the next step.

To concentrate the drink: bring to a boil again, then reduce the heat to low once more for another 15 minutes. Let cool on the stove a bit (even if you will be drinking it hot, you only need it just above body temperature, not scalding hot.) Remove the muslin bag discarding the spice mixture and rinse out the bag. You can let it air dry once clean. (It will be stained.) You can save the ginger slices and cinnamon for one more use in the next 2-3 days if refrigerated in a container, otherwise, discard those. (After concentrating the beverage, I generally discard them.)

Pour into quart jars using a funnel.

You may want to drink some right away and refrigerate the rest. Put lids on what you want to refrigerate and let it rest on the counter until cool before refrigerating. You will likely hear the lids pop as they cool.

The picture below has NO traditional tea. It is only made with ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric. It is concentrated to reduce the space requirements in the refrigerator.

To prepare to drink:

  • Black pepper (recommended)
  • Honey or stevia
  • Optional: Ice (very refreshing cold drink in the summer, but soothing as a hot beverage in the winter or with sore throats)
  • Optional: Apple cider vinegar (to make it taste very much like apple cider)
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon or less cayenne pepper (for fevers and sore throats)
To drink unconcentrated - hot: Pour the beverage into a tea or coffee cup, add 1/32 - 1/16 teaspoon Stevia** or 1-2 Tablespoons of honey. Add up to 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for health reasons or just to make it taste like drinking apple cider. Top with a sprinkling of black pepper to activate the benefits of the curcumin in the beverage from the turmeric. If running a fever or having a sore throat among other ailments, add no more than 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to help your body fight the infection.

To drink unconcentrated - cold: Pour into a pint or quart mason jar (especially one with a handle designed for drinking), add ice, 1/32 - 1/16 teaspoon Stevia** or 1-2 Tablespoons of honey. Add up to 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Top with black pepper to activate the benefits of the curcumin. Hot or cold can also help with stomach upsets if sipped slowly.

To drink from concentrate: If you will be pouring the drink over ice, add the ice, then add your sweetener. For Stevia** per pint, do not add more than 1/32 - 1/16 of a teaspoon of Stevia. For honey, 1 - 2 Tablespoons is usually about right. If desired, add up to 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (with the mother) to the container. Pour half a container of the ginger tea mixture, then top off with cold filtered or tap water.

If you would like to drink it hot from refrigerated concentrate, using a microwave-safe cup, fill half with the ginger tea and half with filtered or tap water. Heat 1 cup for 1 minute to 1 1/2 minutes depending on your microwave. (No need to heat if it just came off the stove unless the added water cooled it too much.) Add 1/32 - 1/16 teaspoon Stevia** or 1 - 2 Tablespoons of honey. Add up to 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar if desired. Top with a sprinkling of black pepper. You may add no more than 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper if needed for fever or sore throat.

**This is the only use I have found to enjoy Stevia and I use 1/32 of a teaspoon. I get mine from Trim Healthy Mama's website. 1/32 teaspoon is one "doonk" using the included spoon in their Stevia packets. It may seem expensive, but it is a high quality product and it lasts a LONG time. (Not an affiliate link.)

I have found this drink keeps me from craving soda pops (a real issue for me) and makes me feel much healthier. The recipe is my modification of Trim Healthy Mamas' "Good Girl Moonshine."

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