If you’ve been looking for an easy way to get healthier looking skin, I have an answer for you. Two answers, actually, and they’re both really easy to implement.
Your skin is a complex organ. It’s affected by what’s happening on the inside of your body, and also by what it’s exposed to one the outside. For truly healthy-looking skin, you’ve got to pay attention to both.
Helping your skin from the outside
If there’s one thing I hear from my customers over and over again, it’s how they can’t believe how well-behaved their skin became after using our herbal toners. If you haven’t had the chance to try them, check them out. Firm is great for hydrating your skin and giving you a youthful glow; Clear works wonders on acne prone skin; and Smooth is extra softening, perfect for dry skin.
Helping your skin from the inside
Herbal skin care products are only one piece of the puzzle. Healthy skin also comes from a healthy body, and I’m here to tell you about an herbal tea that tastes delicious and works wonders for your skin.
It’s zesty and fresh tasting, enjoyable hot or cold, and drinkable all day long. I make a big batch at once and enjoy it for a few days in a row. Easy, delicious and effective – what more could you ask for?
The rest of the world else already knows…
Ginger tea has been used around the world for centuries. It’s largely used to treat colds & flu, and stomach bugs. It is added to herbal mixtures intended to address specific medical conditions because it works so well to move medicines to where they need to go.
Safe and effective for all ages, ginger is a superb herb to add to your diet.
Ginger is an excellent ally for your skin
What makes an herb that’s good for congestion and stomach bugs great for your skin? Remember that your skin reflects what’s going on inside your body. Ginger is a powerhouse, cleaning you from the inside out.
Ginger has hundreds of active constituents in each piece of the root. It’s full of antioxidants, which fight free radicals and protect against aging. It improves circulation by helping your blood move much-needed oxygen to cells around the body. Not only does it increase your body’s ability to function, it helps to remove waste, too. And if all of that weren’t enough, ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
When your cells are getting the oxygen they need, and at the same time, your body is ridding itself of impurities, your skin is going to quickly reflect all of this by looking healthier, firmer, and clearer.
Easy recipe for ginger tea
Fresh or Dry?
It’s important to note that there is a difference between fresh and dried ginger. Around the world, the fresh root is used far more often than dried ginger root.
When the root is dried, some of the constituents of the plant (the gingerols) are converted into different types of constituents (shogaols) that act upon the body in a different way. If you’re taking ginger to mediate a specific condition, such as a stomach bug or virus, the dry ginger may not work as well as the fresh ginger.
If you’re looking to boost your overall health and wellness, increase your circulation, and gently detoxify your body, both fresh and dried ginger are acceptable to use.
I make ginger tea from both fresh and dried ginger root.
Ginger Tea Recipe
This is my go-to ginger tea recipe. I make this in big batches, pour it into large pitchers, and keep it in the fridge for a few days. In our house, a gallon of ginger tea will be gone after 2 days because we drink it so much. Keep in mind that herbal teas will go moldy after 4 or 5 days in the fridge, so you’ll want to use it up.
I like to make it on the weak side, and enjoy large cups of it all day long. I’ll tell you something that can happen if you make the tea too strong and drink too much. This is particularly true if you’re using dried ginger exclusively. Ginger is excellent at cleaning out your gallbladder. If you google “ginger for gallbladder”, you’ll find nothing but good things about how helpful ginger is for gallbladder issues. What you won’t find is a warning that too much strong ginger tea can overtax the organ, resulting in gallbladder pain. If this happens to you, rest assured that it’ll go away on its own once you stop drinking so much ginger tea. To be safe, keep your recipe on the weaker side (use the guidelines below).
Don’t ask me how I know. Let’s just say that I’ve been hooked on ginger tea for a long time and have a bit of personal experience using the herb.
The recipe below is for a quart of tea (4 cups). If you’re just starting out with this recipe, start with a quart.
Making larger amount of tea
When you’re ready to make larger amounts, increase the water to 4 quarts (a gallon!) and increase the ginger to 2 inches. When the tea cools, pour it into pitchers (don’t throw out the ginger slices – include them in your pitcher!) and store in the fridge.
A delicious, easy to make tea that boosts overall health and wellness.
Peel 1/2 inch of the fresh ginger root and cut into slices 1/4" thick.
Heat the water in a stock pot on the stove, and add the sliced ginger.
Bring the pot of water and ginger slices to a boil.
Cover. Reduce the heat to a low simmer.
Turn off the heat. If you want to sweeten the tea with honey, now is the time to stir it into the pot.
To drink the tea hot, strain and pour into a tea cup immediately. I like to add a big squeeze of lemon to my tea. It gives it an extra layer of flavor.
To drink the tea cold, let the pot sit, covered, for 4 hours.
When the tea has cooled, strain and pour it into a glass. Add a squeeze of lemon and ice cubes if desired.