So I am going to try and blog on Wednesdays about a different herb and maybe even a recipe associated with the herb.
As I sit and blog and wonder where to start, there are so many, I think about how I am feeling and what I will be reaching for to help me with whatever is going on.
But I keep going to one of my favourites, Ginger.
Ginger is actually my favourite. I reach for it most often. It is good for a bit of a boost of energy, it helps strengthen the immune system, can soothe a sore throat and helps lessen inflammation. If you need a bit of heat, Ginger is your friend.
I add ginger to so many recipes, I add it to hot chocolate, applesauce and apple cake. I add it to my cranberry cake and I use it to make ginger tea.
Ginger is a root that most people tend to prepare wrong. Most roots are boiled to extract maximum flavour and healing. But Ginger needs to be steeped like tea. It has gentle rhizomes that should be protected.
When I prepare ginger I wash and take a spoon to peel the tough outer layer then I slice and chop the root and place it into a mason jar. I then pour the boiled water over top. I let it steep for about thirty minutes and enjoy a warm cup of ginger tea, I keep the rest of the jar in the fridge until the next time I want that healing energy. During the day I will finish that jar of ginger goodness. I do this 2-3 times a week.
Honey and lemon can be added to help build your immune system or sooth a throat. An amazing drink if you are feeling under the weather.