Ginger tea is an effective and comforting remedy for coughs, colds and flu. Ginger is high in zinc, a very potent mineral for boosting the immune system. The tea helps to break up mucus and warm the body from the inside to stimulate perspiration (aka detoxification). Ginger can also soothe symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Fresh ginger is best for brewing a therapeutic ginger tea, but powdered ginger works, too. Play with the amounts of all ingredients to achieve your desired taste.
Bring water to a full boil.
As water boils, finely grind cardamom and clove with a pestle and mortar. Place the spices in a ceramic mug.
Add powdered ginger, a cinnamon stick and a bay leaf, if using.
Pour boiling water over ingredients and steep for 5 minutes.
Once steeped, remove the bay leaf but leave the cinnamon stick in the tea. Add honey if desired.
Drink while hot, as needed to relieve cold symptoms.
For stronger tea, boil the tea again after letting it steep.