There are several ways to make ginger tea:
Fresh Ginger Root:
Cut/grate/chop some fresh ginger root and put into a cup. How much you use will depend on your personal preference.
Then just pour boiling water on the ginger and allow for it to steep for several minutes and drink. This method is called an “infusion”. (You can strain the ginger out before drinking, if you want).
Alternately, you can also place the cut/grated ginger into a small saucepan, add water and boil for 5-10 minutes. This preparation method is called a “decoction”. This version will be stronger than the cup infusion, but either way works. If you used chopped fresh ginger in a cup, you can actually re-use the ginger for several cups of tea!
Dry Ginger Tea:
This is the easiest way to do ginger tea when you’re not at home. Just buy some ginger root tea bags, such as Traditional Medicinals or Yogi Tea brands. Prepare as usual (boiling water over teabag).
Another way to use ginger on the go is to carry a small baggie of dry ginger powder. Just add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to a cup of hot water, mix well and drink. If you are sensitive to particulate sludge, just let the let the ginger powder sink to the bottom of the cup, then drink.
Cumin, Coriander & Fennel Tea (AKA: CCFT)
This digestive tea mix is considered a little more cooling and is preferred for those who have a very high Pitta constitution, are experiencing a Pitta aggravation or for those of us who will be enduring long, hot summers!
Mix equal parts of whole cumin, coriander and fennel seeds together into a jar or baggie. Then make tea by using 1-3 teaspoons of seeds in a tea ball strainer in a mug of hot water. You can also make the tea in a jar or teapot and then strain into a cup to drink.
Any combination or single one of the above seeds is also a fine tea on its own, so if you only have fennel seeds, do not fret! Fennel is a lovely and healing tea on its own! You can also use Anise seed in the same fashion (or mix it into the CCF tea blend).
Disclaimer: these recipes are not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Consult your healthcare practitioner and use at your own risk. They are intended for use by Vivian Linden’s clients who have been assessed in her practice.