Imperfection is beauty.
Imperfection is unapologetic.
Imperfection is the rare original.
Wabi-Sabi is the view of the world in which beauty is appreciated in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. This Japanese concept is difficult to explain in English because our language cannot fully grasp the complexities of finding the imperfect beautiful. So I give to you this new word—Wabi-Sabi—so you can more fully appreciate the beauty that is ginger.
No, I am not talking about the Weasley family. I am speaking of the perfectly imperfect root that grows like underground snowflakes—as unique and individual as they come. Ginger is not just quirky and awesome to look at though; it has true inner beauty as well!
Ginger is antibacterial, antiviral, an antioxidant, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory. That’s a lot of superpowers!
- Ward Off Winter Ailments
- Calm a Sore Throat
- Increase Insulin Sensitivity
- Reduce Morning Sickness, Nausea, and Motion Sickness
- Prevent Ulcers
- Reduce Indigestion
- Lose Weight
I mean… sign me up! I first started drinking ginger tea to avoid getting sick before my wedding. This was just something a friend suggested to do, and I was desperate to try anything. I started feeling the sluggishness, sore muscles, throat tenderness, and sniffles that signal an on-coming cold, but after a cup a day for two days, my symptoms were no where to be found.
When I first bought ginger, I was not expecting to buy an entire root from the organic section of my local grocery store. However, it was the only way they sold it fresh and the only way I will ever buy it again!
The root did not look particularly appetizing, but I was amazing with my first sip—like sweet, spicy ginger ale. Now I drink the tea once a day and it has been helping with my stress-caused indigestion as well.
There are many ways to enjoy this beautiful root, but here’s how I make my morning tea:
Healing Ginger Tea
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- 12 oz water
- 1 teaspoon raw honey, optional
Heat water in a kettle until boiling. In the meantime, peel your ginger. I typically use a knife, but I recently discovered that you can peel ginger with a spoon as shown in this post from the blog Radiant Life Catalog. Chop the ginger into dime-sized pieces.
Toss your ginger into a mug and fill with boiling water. Let the tea sit for at least five minutes. This allows time to cool, but also for the ginger-goodness to work its way into your drink.
Typically, I leave the ginger pieces in the mug, but you can strain them out if you have the time. Stir in raw honey if you would like. Sip yourself or serve to someone you love!
Have you ever tried fresh ginger tea? How do you drink it? Share below!