It’s no secret that ginger, with it’s medicinal roots dating back over 2000 years, is a kicking vegetable. Well actually there are arguments about the semantics of its classification – herb or spice or root vegetable?  China lays claim on it and is commonly known for it’s ability to strengthen your immune system.  Partnering vitamin bursting lemon and ginger is the ultimate dream team. Here are some of the benefits of starting your day with a energising cup of ginger & lemon tea. And it’s so easy and quick to make and a great way to tune up your body in preparation for Summer.

BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
The main benefit is that it boosts your immunity because of the anti oxidants in ginger and vitamin A & C found in lemons. If you have a cold or flu on the horizon, ginger acts as an effective anti biotic. So next time you have the sniffles save yourself a trip to the pharmacy!

RELIEF FROM INDIGESTION AND NAUSEA
A nice warm cup of ginger and lemon tea will strengthen your digestive system and give relief from nausea, heartburn and motion sickness. Got a long journey or a trip on a boat coming up? Make sure to drink a cup before setting off to settle your stomach. It’s also great for pregnancy sickness too. In fact this might be the new go-to drink after a big Saturday night out to help with the self induced symptoms!

GLOWING SKIN AND HAIR
Who would have known that there was an alternative to L’Oreal to get smooth, silky hair and smooth skin. Because ginger and lemon tea is rammed with rich antioxidants and Vitamin A & C it is your gateway to improving your hair quality and texture.

MOODY TWO SHOES?
Ginger & Lemon can help you drop kick that bad mood to next week. The scents of both lemon and ginger are known to reduce stress, refresh the mind and help your concentration. Take 5 minutes to yourself away from the mayhem of family breakfast and arrive in the kitchen zen like. Ok, well if not zen like, a bit calmer at least!

KEEPS DIABITES AT BAY
Because ginger is rich in zinc, it helps lower lower blood sugar levels and regulate insulin production. This is also great news if you have a sweet tooth as it will help avoid cravings for fatty foods. Count us in!

PAINS & ACHES
Ginger is brilliant for treating muscle aches, headaches or period pains as it acts as a natural inflammatory. So add a dash of ginger to your stir fries, curries or soups to get an added benefit.

References: . vegkitchen.com healthhowstusffworks.com livestrong.com

 

WHAT YOU NEED

2 teaspoons grated ginger (or 4-5 thin slices)

Cup full of boiling water

1 slice lemon

Optional: dash of honey for sweetness / cinnamon stick

HOW TO MAKE IT

Add ginger to the water and bring to the boil

Remove from heat and add lemon

(Optional: add honey & cinnamon stick)

Cover and leave to infuse for approx 15 mins

Heat your mug with hot water

Strain if using grated ginger.

Leave lemon & cinnamon stick for flavour.

Enjoy!