Learning From Others
I recently organised a Workshop for people to teach and to learn everyday skills. A kind of skills swap. There were people teaching and learning knitting and someone arranging a workshop to show how to make re-usable baby wipes but the best part of the day was learning how to make ginger and cinnamon tea from a herbalist, Simon Mills of Sustaincare. He had taken time out of a busy day to pass on a very welcome piece of his knowledge.
Learning to make ginger and cinnamon tea is a great blessing for cold days, warming and spicy it is great when fighting off a cold
He told us that this is a tea that was great for warming you up on the inside when you had got cold, especially in those times when you just can’ get warm. It is also good when you have a cold or are feeling a bit chesty. To be honest it is also great when you just desire a warming and delicious drink. The recipe was especially welcome to the several people there who were suffering from the aftermath of colds and flu.
The tea is very easy to make and the recipe below can be treated as just a guide as some people will like it more ‘gingery than others’. With a bit of trial and error you will get to know just how you like it. The recipe suggests fresh root ginger and cinnamon bark although you can use ground ginger instead of fresh root ginger – and ground cinnamon rather than cinnamon bark. Its just for the freshest flavour and best results these are the best. Root ginger is very easy to grate so I would recommend using that as the result is a much better flavour – and I am sure fresh ginger must be better for you.
Interestingly Simon told us that wild ginger became extinct 2000 years ago because it had been used so much for medicinal purposes.
The ginger we have now is cultivated, not wild.
Because this drink is so delicious and warming, I am sometimes quite flumexed as to how these older remedies have died out so easily. We seem to prefer instant drinks that have been processed, things measurable in a teaspoon and that have promises on the packet. Perhaps if a piece of root ginger was packaged with some cinnamon and sold with a recipe than it would become more popular that way. What do you think?
If you have never bought root ginger before, it is available from supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s in the fruit and vegetable section. Cinnamon sticks can be bought from the herb and spice section. Buy the one with the longest ‘Best Before’ date to ensure it is the freshest you can get. Alternatively get some cinnamon powder.
Do you have any great recipes for herbal teas? Do share them, if you have.
Ginger and Cinnamon Tea
- Knob – about one inch (2.5cm) root ginger
- 1/2 stick cinnamon bark -or-
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- splash lemon juice (optional
- a few drops honey (optional)
- cup boiling water
- Grate the root ginger
- Grind the cinnamon bark in a coffee grinder or food processor
- Place ginger and cinnamon in a jug and pour boiling water over
- Stir and leave for a couple of minutes
- Add couple of drops of lemon juice or honey if desired
- Pour into a mug through a tea strainer
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