Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ginger-Lemon Decoction!

There is nothing fancy about this drink - don't let the word decoction fool you.  A decoction simply implies the simmering or boiling of a substance (lemon and ginger in this case) in water!
There are few things I take when I'm feeling under the weather, not because I'm a martyr, but because most of the cold and flu remedies you buy in the drug store are simply a waste of money.  My go to remedies are often home brewed like a soothing bowl of soup or this healing drink that can be enjoyed both hot or cold!  Simple ingredients that don't suppress symptoms, but rather expedite the recovery process. 

Ginger has a pungent, hot and drying character. Used to increase circulation, promote sweating, as an excellent expectorant.  It is also know for its ability to prevent nausea and as an antiseptic.
Lemons are sour and astringent in character.  Lemon is anti-microbial, and helps to dissolve mucous.  Making it very useful for colds, flu's and hacking coughs

The final ingredient is optional depending on your need for sweetness.  Honey is a great addition for children and very little is needed. 

6 cups cold water
3-4 wide strips of lemon zest
2" piece of ginger, sliced into rounds
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 Tbsp honey (optional)

Place water, zest and ginger in a pot.
Place pot over medium-high heat and bring to boil.
Turn heat down and simmer for 15 minutes.
Turn off heat and add lemon juice and desired amount of honey.
Enjoy immediatley or store in a glass contianer in fridge.

Tip:  Enjoy cold with a splash of sparkling water!

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