Today I’m sharing my favourite (and functional) ginger tea recipe with you. It's by far my most popular recipe - I get requests for it all the time! Ginger is a plant that has been extensively studied, used for centuries and is considered safe and effective to use in pregnancy, postpartum and during lactation. Ginger has powerful medicinal properties including: anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, anti-spasmodic and a carminatives (helps relax the gut). So this means: headaches, upset stomach, coughs, period pain, general aches and pains - ginger may help. Ginger is even shown to be as effective as NSAIDS (e.g. Advil) for relieving pain and inflammation. You can take ginger in a capsule form but I really enjoy sipping on ginger tea.
How to make ginger juice. I learned how to make ginger juice from Dr. Aviva Romm and have been making it in batches ever since! Simple freeze in ice cube trays and you can make several months worth of ginger juice, ready in just a few minutes. To make ginger juice you can do it three different ways. 1. With a juicer.
Simply run raw ginger through your juicer. Use 1-2 teaspoons of this in a glass of cool water or mug of hot water. Adjust the amount to suit your taste. 2. With a grater or micro plane. Grate ginger. Using cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, you can squeeze and/or wring out the juice into a mason jar. Use 1-2 teaspoons of this in a glass of cool water or mug of hot water.
3. With a blender.
In a high speed blender, put chunks of ginger and water. Use the ratio of approximately 3/4 of a cup of water to a palm size amount of ginger. Blend until you see a mash or slurry of ginger. Pour the mash into a fine mesh strainer and press to release the liquid using a spoon. Catch the juice in a small mason jar. Repeat until it's all strained. Use 1-2 tablespoons of this more diluted juice in a glass of cool water or mug of hot water.
Storage Store ginger juice in your fridge for up to five days or freeze in individual serving size portions for longer storage using an ice cube tray. Simple Homemade Ginger Tea Recipe Every postpartum momma that I care for, I serve a big mug of warm ginger tea. It’s soothing, warming and perfect to support postpartum healing. I personally drink this almost everyday, but especially on days when my stomach feels off or I have a headache. Experiment with amounts to suit your taste buds and preferences. Ingredients:
1-2 teaspoons or tablespoons ginger juice (depending which juicing method you used above) Juice of ½ a lemon 1 teaspoon of raw local honey or maple syrup (optional) 1 - 1 ½ cup hot water Instructions: Add all ingredients to a glass, stir and enjoy! Let me know if you try this! Warmly, Amy Your dietitian doula P.S. - Want to learn more? I have a couple options of working with me:
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