There are a few things I know about ginger tea - it's delicious, I love it and so does Diane von Furstenberg. She mentioned the drink in some of her interviews as a perfect remedy to rely on to ward off a cold - a reason good enough to start having some freshly made ginger tea comes autumn. In my turn I can add that ginger tea may aid digestion, reduce flatulence, strengthen the immune system, help to avoid travel sickness and overcome jet lag, reduce inflammation and protect against certain cancers.
It's a wonderful and delicious tea to think of when the weather gets colder and you want a cup of something warming and comforting (and have already drunk so much green tea, coffee and hot chocolate that they seem to stream out of your ears)... However do bear in mind that ginger may not suit people with stomach ulcers and any inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract, gall stones and whilst on blood-thinning medications, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, beta-blockers and diabetes medication. In other words if you are under medical supervision or treatment, have a diagnosed condition, taking any form of medication or pregnant - check with your doctor first.
With all of the above in mind, here is my recipe for a delicious home-made ginger tea that I've been making for years.
Peel a 1-inch piece (about a size of your thumb) of fresh ginger. Cut it into thin coin-like slices. Put them in a thermos. Add a cup of boiling water and a couple of slices of organic unwaxed lemon. Cover and leave for 15-20 minutes to let the flavours develop.
Then carefully pour the tea in your favourite prettiest mug, add a little raw honey to taste and enjoy.
And if you have a recipe you swear by, please do share.
Photo source: Gisele Bundchen in Vogue Paris October 2015 (photography: Mario Testino, styling: Emmanuelle Alt)