• Alyssa Piperis

Lemon Ginger Detox Tea

It seems that when a lot of people hear the word "ginger," their minds go to the kind of ginger you get alongside wasabi with sushi. That type of ginger is called "gari," and it's a pickled vegetable that has been marinated in a sugar/vinegar solution. While I do love me some sushi ginger, the real winner is ginger root. Ginger root is high in minerals like magnesium and Vitamin C, and unlike a crappy insurance plan, it has a lot of benefits. Now, combine the powers of ginger root with those of lemon, and you have yourself one helluva detox situation. And that is where lemon ginger tea comes in.

The benefits of lemon ginger tea include, but are not limited to:

- Healthier skin and hair - Aiding weight loss - Relieving nausea - Improving blood circulation - Relieving menstrual discomfort (yes, please) - Strengthening immunity - Increasing fertility - Fighting infection and bad breath - Potentially slowing down the growth of cancer cells - Helping to detoxify the liver (in other words, this can be a hangover cure for those of you who need one) - Sore muscle relief - Lowering the effects of diabetes The list goes on.

Ingredients: - 4 cups water - 2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and cut into small pieces (or enough to fill a tea infuser spoon) - 1 lemon - 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Directions: 1.) Heat water on high until boiling, then remove from heat.

2.) If you don't have a tea infuser spoon: Drop the ginger pieces into the water, and let them sit for at least 3 minutes (and up to 20) so the ginger gets infused. Using a strainer, pour the ginger infused water into a mug. If you do have a tea infuser spoon: Fill the tea infuser spoon with the small pieces of ginger. Pour the hot water into a mug, and then add the spoon filled with ginger.

3.) Slice and de-seed the lemon, and add the slices to your mug. 4.) Add a teaspoon of honey if you're looking for a sweeter taste. 5.) Let the water cool down a bit, and enjoy!

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