Your New Spring Drink: Lemon Ginger Tea

Every season brings its own excitement and associated memories--and also a favorite seasonal drink! However, it seems as though each season has its own drink except for spring. summer has iced tea and lemonade, fall has chai tea lattes and apple cider, and Winter has hot chocolate and eggnog. In spring you are ready for a refreshing drink as the April showers leave a refreshing smell outside as the May flowers blossom. But for most of early spring, it is still too cool to carry around a lemonade or the iced teas of summer.

Not to worry, though, because lemon ginger tea is about to become your new drink of choice for those cooler days. Lemon ginger tea is the perfect beverage for the spring with its fresh appeal, warmth, and health benefits-- and wow, are the health benefits plenty!

Here is a snapshot of all the healthful things you will be enjoying as you are sipping your new spring drink:

Lemon

  • Studies have shown that the vitamin C in lemon helps your body absorb and use iron.

  • Lemon may lower women’s risk of ischemic stroke.

  • Certain nutrients in lemon may decrease wrinkles and promote overall skin health.

  • Also, the high amount of vitamin C in lemon helps boost your immune system to keep you healthy.

Ginger

  • Many studies have found ginger to decrease swelling and inflammation.

  • Most popularly, ginger can temper nausea.

  • Ginger has antioxidant properties which can help with your overall health.

Honey

  • Honey may help prevent and heal stomach ulcers.

  • Interestingly, a study found that honey may reduce cholesterol levels.

  • Honey has several antioxidant properties.

  • Along with ginger, honey may help decrease inflammation.

Now that you know all of the health reasons to be drinking Lemon Ginger Tea, here is the recipe that I enjoyed this morning:

Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe

  1. Bring to a simmer three cups of water.

  2. Cut one lemon into slices and squeeze into the pot of water. Put the squeezed lemon slices in the pot afterward.

  3. Cut four inches of ginger into thin slices and put into the pot of water.

  4. Let the water return to a simmer.

  5. Once water is at a simmer, turn off the heat and cover the pot for at least 20 minutes.

  6. Use a slotted spoon, or other method, to separate the lemons and ginger from the tea.

  7. Reheat the tea over the stove, if needed.

  8. Mix 2-4 tablespoons of honey, to taste, to the tea and enjoy!

Have fun and drink happy knowing that you are both starting a new spring tradition and are treating your body well! 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283476.php

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3758027/