Ginger is a root plant with a sharp, pungent taste. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it can be used to treat nausea and vomiting. Ginger also has been used with some success to treat arthritis, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory conditions. You can benefit from some of ginger’s medicinal properties by ingesting it in the form of juice. Though a fresh ginger root is optimal, ginger powder can also be used.
Peel the tough outer skin from the ginger root. Cut the ginger into slices about ¼-inch thick. Place the sliced ginger inside a tea strainer, and place the tea strainer into a mug. Fill a tea kettle with 1 cup of water and set it on the stove top until it boils. Pour the boiling water over the strainer in the mug, filling the cup until 2 inches from the top. Cover with a paper towel and allow it to sit until cool. Add 4 tbsp. of honey to the mixture and stir until blended. Chill until cold.
With a Juicer
Process a quarter-sized piece of ginger in a juicer. If the skin is soft and tender, you do not need to peel the ginger before juicing it. Add the ginger juice to 1 cup of filtered water.
Pour 2.5 tbsp. of agave syrup into the cup and stir until blended. Chill until cold.
Measure 2 tsp. of powdered, dried ginger. Add the powdered ginger to one cup of filtered water and stir until blended. Combine the mixture with 2 tbsp. of cane sugar and stir until mixed well. Serve iced.
From a Teabag
Place one ginger teabag in a mug — or more for stronger ginger juice. Boil 1 cup of water on the stove top. When the water has reached a rolling boil, pour it over the teabag and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. Remove the teabag and add 1/2 cup of sucralose. Stir until blended and refrigerate until cool. Serve over ice with a mint garnish.
References and ResourcesUniversity of Maryland Medical Center: Ginger
Stop the Ride; The Little House Sports Drink, Ginger Water; February 2008