Brew Tea with Benefits

The calming aroma of this tea boiling up on the stove is enough to induce a Zen-like state. Drinking it is meditative. The glow from within that follows creates a reflective sense of relaxation that is lasting and unforgettable.

Tea cup and saucer were acquired from a local thrift store.

I look forward to my ‘tea’ ritual and its soothing benefits on a daily basis. The ingredients are always at the top of my mind and I am perpetually on the lookout for organic ginger and turmeric. Luckily, mint and thyme continue to grow in our garden no matter how much snow falls.

Read more about our Front Yard Urban Garden Project here.

This delightful tea came together from experimentation in our kitchen. Ginger root tea is something that was brewed in my home when I was growing up as a way to help recover from viruses and to combat some of the associated symptoms such as a sore throat or congestion. The ingredients are typically lingering in our refrigerator and are included in the creation of all kinds of delicious beverages and dishes as a matter of course.

I am largely a coffee addict; however, I do harbor a predilection for ‘tea’ with benefits. Having just gone through a family bout of gastroenteritis (all kids and husband got it), I have been diving deep into this bug-be-gone concoction.  This tea pulls double duty. Not only is it relaxation inducing, it is also a ‘home rescue remedy’ for those times when I feel something coming on.

Does it really work to stave off the winter snuffles or gastroenteritis?  I can’t be sure but it may just be worth a try. Besides, creating a cup of natural, deliciously aromatic and healing tea is an act of self-love and self-care that I, or anyone that I know, rarely do.

The ingredients: ginger root, turmeric root, thyme or fresh mint, garlic cloves (optional), cinnamon bark, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and honey.

The ginger and cayenne are said to improve circulation, the garlic and lemon help to boost the immune system (you can always leave the garlic out…it depends on how desperate you feel the intervention needs to be) and mint or thyme soothe a sore throat. The honey helps it all go down more smoothly.

Don’t let the ingredients put you off. This tea is mild, gentle, aromatic, soothing and sweet. You can sip it all day long. Adjust the lemon, honey and cayenne to your taste.

This recipe makes approximately 4 tea cups.


 4 cups of water

1/2 cup organic ginger & turmeric root (approx. 2 small roots), washed and sliced

4-5 sprigs of thyme or mint (I often use both straight out of the garden)

2 cinnamon sticks

2 garlic cloves (optional)

For each cup

lemon juice from 1 lemon, or to taste

1 tablespoon of honey, or to taste

small pinch of cayenne pepper (start with a very small pinch)

How To

  1. Place all tea ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to boil and gently simmer for 20 minutes.

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2. Pour lemon juice, honey and add pinch of cayenne pepper in a cup for each serving.

3. Strain tea into the cup and stir until all honey is dissolved.


4.  Drink hot and keep the remaining liquid for later.



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