On this first day of January, I decided to use one of our ripe Meyer lemons to make a pot of soothing, infection-fighting tea.
The health benefits of lemon are many, ranging from balancing the body’s ph to improving digestion, to helping to cure the common cold.
I was after the cold-curing benefit this morning.
We had some ginger root in the kitchen. Ginger and lemon make good team-mates, since ginger also has properties to assist digestion while it also helps to fight infection.
Heat 3-6 cups water to boiling in a kettle or a saucepan.
Wash, peel and chop (or grate) one ginger root, about the size of your palm. (or 3 tbsp per cup)
Squeeze the juice of one lemon.
Add water, ginger and lemon to a teapot and steep for at least 15 minutes.
Pour into your cup and add raw, local honey or some maple syrup or a few slices of fresh apple.
Pour leftover tea into a jar. Refrigerate and drink, cold or hot, until gone.