Took a blogging break for the holidays, so this week with yesterday’s post, I’m now back to regularly blogging here, so that means, today is Tea Tuesday! I love me some tea. Obviously. Anywho, one of my faves, and which is what I drink in the morning, is this hot tea I’m going to share with you today. I don’t (actually I can’t) drink coffee (due to a heart arrhythmia) so I wake up au naturel, which I know is just foreign and shocking to most of you writers! I do love the ritual y’all have, but I’m not missing anything, because I have that same kind of relationship with tea, though I do miss out on all the social ritual with others y’all enjoy. Anyway, man, I’m chatty this morning. First drink I have in the morning is actually a 20 ounce glass of lemon water spiked with Apple Cider Vinegar. I tried to take the latter solo, but while it did wake me up, I just couldn’t do it.
After that, I have my first cup of hot tea for the day (because I do have other concoctions later of different herbs), and it’s a Ginger, Cinnamon and Lemon decoction.
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Cinnamon. I’m using Cassia Cinnamon sticks as the health benefits are more documented. For those who’ve heard that it has more coumarin, from what I understand, that’s fat soluble so boiling cassia cinnamon sticks in water will only extract the good stuff. There are numerous health benefits in cinnamon, so much so that I try to incorporate it everyday. I even sprinkle some on my salad. But for this tea, it’s included as it apparently helps with alertness, mood and memory. You can order them here or here.
Ginger root. I buy the nice, plump roots organic at my local health food store, so I don’t have to bother with peeling off the skin. I just wash it and slice. It also has many wonderful properties including improved circulation, which will give you more energy. It also aids in weight loss, helps regulate glucose levels, lowers blood pressure, fights cancer, boosts immune system, and more! If you don’t have a health food store, try the produce section of your regular supermarket. I’ve seen non-organic ones at Publix. Asian or Middle Eastern markets would be another place to check. Remember, if it’s non-organic, you should peel it.
Lemon. I include it not only for the taste, but also because lemon is a great detoxifier as well as having antibacterial and antiviral properties, a great addition during this cold/flu-prone season.
This is easy to prep, just wash off your ginger (peel if not organic) and slice. Same with your lemon. A tip on peeling ginger: After washing (the wetness helps here), take a spoon and use it to peel off the thin skin.
I often boil more water than will fill my cup, because after this is done, I put the extra (sometimes including the ginger, etc) into a glass pitcher I have in my fridge. That way later, I have a refreshing chilled drink to go to throughout the day.
I’ve made this into my kitchen-straightening time. I prep, set the water to boil, and during the time I’m waiting for it to boil and decoct (a little over 15 minutes), I put away dishes, wash what’s in the sink, wipe counters, whatever needs done.
How to fit this into your writing life
The ingredients will be a healthy addition to your daily life and if you make it strong, could very well be a nice perker-upper in the morning. Maybe replace one of your coffee breaks with a cup of this deliciousness? This takes a little longer than 15 minutes, but you could do the prep during a break between writing sprints, set the timer for 15 minutes once you have it all decocting, and then just dash to your kitchen once the time is up.
Ginger, Cinnamon & Lemon Tea
Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 00:02
Cook time: 00:15
Do you drink ginger tea? Do you prepare it differently? If this is new, do you want to try it? Let me know if you have any questions!