09 April, 2011

Burn, baby burn...

...Ginger inferno!!
My friend, Hikari recently did a body cleanse that included drinking ginger tea. I was so very intrigued by this, that of course I had to learn more.
I have always known that ginger is good for digestion, so of course it would be included on a body cleanse. In fact, in 9th century Europe, they used to place little pots of powdered ginger on the dinner table right along with the salt and pepper.
Good news for people like me - it's said to be an aid to minor upset stomach, morning sickness, and even - YES! - motion sickness. If I look anywhere but outside the window while a car is moving, there's no doubt that I'll need to roll down the window immediately to blast myself with fresh air to ward off the sickness. Maybe I should also carry around a little bottle of ginger tea!! Some studies even show that ginger tea can be good for the relief of headaches.
This tuber is pretty amazing... dare I say, Tuberular? Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk...
With all the helpful things that this little root boasts, how could I resist trying it out? Besides, all the cool kids are doin' it... 
Time to bust out the ole teapot.

 Unfortunately, I had no idea what I was doing when I picked out my ginger root from the produce section. I thought "hey! big!" and picked the most fancy root of the pile. Turns out, upon further research that mine was a bit mature. It ended up being a bit fiber-y but other than that I figured it was ok. After all, I'm not going to be biting into it...
Apparently, one is supposed to choose a root that has the least amount of arms or branches. Oh well.


I scrubbed my ginger under some warm water to wash away all the nasties from other potential ginger purchasers (and all the hands that had touched it up until I brought it home), then cut it into fairly thin slices and stuck them in my pot.
I didn't know how much to use, so I just guessed. I boiled some water and put it in the pot and let the ginger steep for about half an hour.

When I came back to it, not only was it the perfect temperature to drink warm - but it was SOOO SPICY! A delicious kind of spicy though. My tongue was ablaze, but it is definitely a pleasant burn, in my opinion.
I finished one cup of fire, and went for another... but this time I added a bit of honey.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you have never tried ginger tea with a bit of honey, I urge you to do so now. Run to your store and get the supplies if you don't already have them. I'll wait here, drinking my own cup of amazingness.

Go forth now, and become a Ginger Ninja.

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