Ginger is a knobby-looking, fibrous root that is used as a seasoning for cooking and baking, and as a natural remedy for many ailments. Ginger stimulates gastric juices in the stomach, helping to sooth stomachaches and nausea. It works wonders for motion sickness, morning sickness in pregnancy and even helping chemotherapy patients who suffer from ill effects during treatments. It's also been found to help reduce inflammation, easing the discomforts associated with arthritis. Ginger root can be found in grocery stores and health food stores.
Use a paring knife to slice the ginger root into quarter-size pieces approximately 1 inch in width. Only slice off as much as you are going to use and store the rest in a vegetable basket or on the kitchen counter out of sunlight and away from the stove. One slice usually makes one cup of tea.
Place the slice of ginger root either in a tea ball or directly into a tea cup. If making more than one cup of tea, place as many slices as you will need into a tea pot either using a tea ball or not.
Pour boiling water over the sliced ginger root piece(s). Let steep for at least 10 minutes to make your ginger tea. The longer it steeps, the stronger the tea.
Add honey or a squeeze of lemon juice to sweeten the ginger tea if desired. Add the sweetener to the tea cup instead of into the tea pot, so if serving more than one person, everyone can sweeten their tea if they wish.