Yes!  Tea is the most versatile and delicious beverage in the world.  Yes!  Tea has historical significance throughout many cultures.  And Yes!  Tea can be a simple remedy for many ailments. I was recently reminded of this when my niece, Megan, made me an extremely tasty tea that eased my tummy turmoil.

I had been suffering from a slight stomach ache for a couple of days when Megan, who is studying Ayurvedic medicine, made me a lovely, warm tea that smelled like Christmas wassail and tasted scrumptious. It also settled my stomach rapidly and much better than the Pepto-Bismol that I had taken the day before.

Ayurvedic medicine, which is native to India, is a type of traditional medicine dating back to around 1500 BC.  It takes a mind/body/spirit approach to health with a focus on diet, yoga, meditation, and massage.  Different teas are used as a part of the regiment for good health and digestion.

The tea she made for me was one that aids digestion and settles an uneasy stomach.  I was hopeful that it would help my stomach, but I thought it would probably taste horrible since it was medicinal.  But to my surprise, it tasted wonderful.  In fact, I have decided to make a cup every night before I go to bed just because I like the way it tastes and in hopes of preventing more stomach aches.

Tea is amazing.  Not only is there a tea for your every mood or whim, but there is also a tea for every ache and pain.  And if you are lucky, it just might cure what ails you and taste like a warm cup of Christmas heaven.

Megan’s Magical Molten Mixture

Makes 2 large cups.

4 c. filtered water
12 cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
4 Tablespoons honey

Bring water to a boil.  Add cloves, cinnamon, and ginger.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and strain.  Add honey.  Stir.  Drink.

Photo “Gesunder Früchtetee mit Zitrone und Zimt” is copyright under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License to the photographer Marco Verch and is being posted unaltered (source)

Originally posted in August 2010 by Laura Logsdon