My favorite cure-all is ginger tea, or salabat as we call it in the Philippines. Ginger soothes nausea or any queasy sensations, and also helps digestion. So this is a great drink to have after a meal. I also squeeze a little lemon and add a bit of local honey*, both wonderful ingredients to soothe a sore throat or at the first sign of a cold because honey has antibacterial properties. Tea made with fresh ginger is nothing like those ginger tea bags, and it's so simple to make:
Fresh Ginger Tea
- about a one-inch piece of fresh ginger, in thin slices - use more or less as you prefer and depending on the freshness of the ginger
- about 2 cups water
- lemon, to taste
- honey, to taste
Just simmer the ginger in water on the stovetop for about 5 minutes. Strain into a cup, then squeeze some lemon and add honey for a touch of sweetness.
Technically (if you really want to be accurate) this isn't really a tea because it's not made with tea leaves. But whatever. It's good stuff. And it's easier to call it "tea" than to call it "fresh-ginger-simmered-in-water-with-honey-and-lemon."
*I read that local honey is great also for preventing allergies. It should be honey from a local bee farm (within a 100-mile radius, if you want to be technical) so that you ward off the allergens local to your area.