Ginger is an herb that originated in Asia and is used as a flavor additive in cooking and as a natural cure for health issues such as digestive problems, nasal congestion and soreness. Ginger tea is an ancient remedy implemented in Ayurvedic medicine--a holistic approach to curing ailments through the medicinal properties of plants, such as ginger. Adding ginger to tea offers health benefits for individuals drinking it daily and to those using it on occasion to treat sickness. Traditional ginger tea includes lemon and honey in the recipe.
Wash the ginger root in lukewarm water and set it aside to dry.
Peel off the bark of the ginger with your paring knife. Cut 12 thin slices of ginger.
Pour 4 cups of water into a saucepan or tea kettle. Bring the water to a boil on high. Add the 12 ginger slices to the boiling water.
Boil the ginger slices for 10 minutes. Remove ginger water from heat. Cool the ginger water for 1 minute. Place a saucepan under a strainer and pour the ginger water into the strainer, straining out the ginger slices.
Place a teabag into a mug. Pour 1 cup of strained ginger water per teabag used. Allow the teabag to steep in the ginger water for 3 minutes.
Add 1 tbsp. of honey and 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, if desired. Stir the mixture.