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good eats: the ginger decoction

ginger tea decoctionWith the cold weather upon us, warm beverages have become an absolute necessity. While hot cocoa and mulled wine rank as favourites of the season, teas and decoctions can be just as delicious and have incredible medicinal potential as well. In light of the early frost we experienced last week here in Toronto and Oakville, this post is dedicated to one of the most warming and healing of all beverages: the ginger decoction. Although the word ‘decoction’ sounds somewhat intimidating (and like a term straight out of a Harry Potter novel), they are very easy to make and can be quite palatable. Decoctions refer to the process in which you boil the root of a plant for a length of time in order to extract all of its medicinal properties; simply boiling water and pouring it over the root will not bring out the same active constituents. Ginger root, or Zingiber officinale, is a familiar kitchen ingredient that has been used as a spice and medicine for thousands of years. Because of its pungent nature, it is used to promote warmth in the body. It also enhances digestion and can support the body through colds and flus. The addition of lemon promotes the healing potential of the drink, as lemon is an anti-microbial agent. Mix with a bit of honey and voila - you have a tasty home remedy that can be enjoyed by all ages throughout the winter season.

Ingredients

2” piece of ginger, sliced in rounds juice of one lemon 6 cups of filtered water 1-2 tablespoons of honey, maple syrup, or molasses (optional)

Directions

Place ginger in water over stove, and bring to boil Let this mixture simmer partially covered for up to 20 minutes - the longer, the better Turn off heat and strain out ginger Add the juice of one lemon and desired amount of honey, maple syrup, or molasses if desired Enjoy immediately or store in a glass container in the fridge for up to three days We hope this wintertime drink keeps you warm, cozy and healthy! If you make our ginger decoction, we'd love to hear it below! xo