Recipe: Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea

I love me some iced tea, but more than one glass can give me a case of the caffeine jitters. I'm always on the hunt for luxurious beverages that I can drink again and again, without the unwanted side effects. Enter, Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea.  

In case you haven't heard, ginger and lemon are two of nature's best medicines.

Why is ginger so great? Because it...

  • Kick-starts digestion so you can fully break down your meals and get the most out of every bite
  • Reduces bloating and glass, and kisses nausea goodbye
  • Clears air passageways and head congestion
  • Remains one of the strongest anti-inflammatory agents out there, which is great for muscle fatigue, joint pain, and any type of chronic condition

And lemons, how glorious lemons are, because they...

  • Contain tons of Vitamin C to boost immunity
  • Purify blood, with anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer properties, helping prevent the growth of bacteria that cause infection
  • Aid digestion by helping to cleanse the colon
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost mood -- my kinda pick-me-up

This recipe originated while I was kicking a nasty cold during a summer heat wave. I started to steep some ginger for hot tea, but the thought of drinking it hot -- no matter how health-supportive -- was giving me the sweats! I turned it into a cool bev so I could still reap the healing benefits, but actually enjoy it. What a concept! So brew your own, enjoy, and repeat. Your body will thank you later.  


Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2, 1" knobs of ginger
  • 2 c. filtered water
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 drops dōTERRA essential oil (see note below)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup of honey
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Peel skin off ginger, cut into ¼" slices, and put into small sauce pan with water.  Cover on high, bring to boil, and then reduce to low, simmering for 10 minutes or until water is yellowed. 
  2. Strain liquid into a small bowl, discarding ginger pieces.  Place bowl in fridge for about an hour, or until chilled.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice into bowl, adding the essential oil and sweetener of choice (I prefer maple syrup), and stirring until combined.
  4. Fill glasses to the brim with ice, pour liquid into each cup, and garnish with a slice of lemon or sliver of lemon peel.

 

Notes:

  • There are a ton more nutrients in the lemon rind itself, which is why I like to add a few drops of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade lemon essential oil, giving that lemon juice an extra boost (make sure you use a high quality oil that is safe to ingest). If you don't have essential oils on hand, no worries, you can add the juice of 1 more lemon for similar taste and nutritional effects.
  • To give this drink a detoxifying kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to further boost digestion!
  • For a more "adult" version, you can juice the ginger instead by grating or mincing into tiny pieces, and straining it through a cheesecloth to squeeze all moisture out. Add 2 tbsp. ginger juice to 2 c. sparkling mineral water and a shot of your liquor of choice, and you have yourself a tasty summer cocktail.