this concoction was inspired by the need of a natural home remedy. priscilla came down with a nasty case of the cold. we wanted to find a quick and easy way to boost her immune system naturally. just to give you an idea about us, we don’t take meds or visit doctors, especially not for something as trivial as the common cold. our immune system is strong enough to do its own battles. but it needs to be trained. just like building muscle, you have to push it and work it to make it stronger. the more meds we take, the more dependent and weaker our immune system becomes.
going through our fridge and pantry, we found some ingredients that we can turn into a “tea”. they are loaded with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. luckily, we recently foraged some aloe vera down the street, so that totally came in handy. there’s no exact measurements, just personal preference. for example, if you want a bolder ginger taste, then add more ginger, simple as that.
- cut about a 2 inch block of ginger off from the main root
- rough chop them into slices or strips
- boil a pot of water, throw in the ginger
- then simmer on low for about 10 min
- let it cool down to a drinkable temperature, or just add ice
- in a cup, add about a tablespoon of honey
- cut a strip of fresh aloe vera from the main leaf, about an inch wide
- cut off the green skin, you’ll be left with a very slimy clear jelly in the center
- dice the jelly center, add it to the cup of honey
- pour in the ginger tea and mix
the aloe vera is very very slimy. it’s like runny mucous. and it doesn’t taste that great either. but the health benefits far outweigh the minor textural challenge.
ginger tea is very beneficial to ladies. every month, i am treated to a warm ginger tea with dried longan and brown sugar. in the chinese food therapy, the drink helps with relaxation and blood production.