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
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.
Originally posted in August 2010 by Laura Logsdon