Hot or Cold Ginger Lemonade

As the cold & snow still grace us with its presence on this April day, so does this lingering sore throat that I have. So I turn to my Herbal Tea Book which has a wonderful recipe for a Hot or Cold Ginger Lemonade

Main ingredient: Ginger

A little mini fun fact:  Ginger is a powerful antioxidant (Antioxidant-healthy molecules that protect healthy tissue in the body) that helps neutralize free radicals-(Free Radicalsunstable organic molecules that seek to find stable molecules while lerking to destroy those healthy molecules) caused by inflammation in the body.

One of the great things about Ginger is it’s ability to help the body feel warm (it warms the internal organs) and promote perspiration (which helps us cool down and excrete toxins from our bodies). It’s sole purpose is to help ease digestion, while also helping to soothe throat, stomach, nausea, motion sickness, colds, joint pain, and circulation problems.

The recipe:

1 1/2 cups water

3 1/4 inch slices fresh ginger root (lightly smashed with a knife when cut)

1/2 of a fresh lemon (look for Meyer lemons-which contain more juice)

1 tsp honey

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil, add  fresh ginger root and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile squeeze fresh lemon into a cup while adding the honey & cayenne pepper. Pour hot ginger water into the cup and mix. If drinking hot strain ginger slices out otherwise leave ginger in and allow mixture to cool for a refreshing Ginger lemonade drink. 

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