DIY: Lemon-Ginger Tea

We almost escaped the holidays without getting sick.  Almost.  It’s tough because during the holidays you’re around so many people and eating foods that might not be the healthiest and not sticking to your normal exercise routine.  It’s almost like inviting germs to take up residence in your body.DIY: Lemon-Ginger Tea | Life Healthfully Lived

The Monday after Christmas, Adam started feeling a little funny and by Tuesday was knocked out with a cough and cold.  He had the works, stuffed nose, sore throat, nasty cough, and achy all over.  The doctor said it was a virus, but not the flu, and only gave him a nose spray to relieve congestion.  So he pretty much had to ride it out on the couch for a week.

While taking care of him and seeing his misery, I knew that I had to take action to make sure I wasn’t the next visitor to the sick couch.  I upped my intake of vitamin C with oranges and lemons, made sure I got turmeric in as many dishes as possible, and tried my best to exercise and eat well to make sure that I stayed healthy.DIY: Lemon-Ginger Tea | Life Healthfully Lived

I have a little congestion, but I think I missed the worst of the virus and I’m going to chalk that up to the steps I took to ward it off.  One of the things that I did was down this tea every morning first thing.  You can buy lemon-ginger tea at the store, but it is so easy to make and I think that fresher ingredients make a bigger impact on your immune system.

So if you’re looking to make sure you don’t get sick this winter, try this tea in the morning and if you do feel something coming on, up your self-care routine.  Take extra rest, don’t go run a marathon, but do move a little, and try to eat as much real food as possible.  Your body will thank you!

Lemon-Ginger Tea- if it’s available and you can afford it, try to get organic ingredients.  If not, don’t stress too much over it, this tea is still better than no tea. DIY: Lemon-Ginger Tea | Life Healthfully Lived

  • One-quarter of a lemon (half of a half)
  • 3 thick slices of ginger
  • 8 oz hot water
  • Optional add-ins- honey, sprinkle of cayenne, fresh or powdered turmeric (fresh tastes a little better if you can find it because powdered might not dissolve as much and leave a gritty feeling)
  1. Boil the water.  While the water is heating up, slice and peel the ginger and put into the bottom of your mug.  Slice the lemon and get any add-ins that you want.
  2. Once the water has boiled, let it sit for a few minutes.  Then, pour it over the ginger slice and squeeze in the lemon juice.  I like to put the whole lemon wedge in the water after I’ve squeezed it.  Add in the honey, cayenne, or turmeric if you want and stir everything together.
  3. Let it steep for a few minutes and cool down before you drink it/

DIY Wednesday: Ginger Paste

ThisDIY Wednesday: Ginger Paste | Life Healthfully Lived DIY post might be as simple as my homemade tortilla chips.  I’m the type of cook who likes to use things like actual cloves of garlic when I’m making stuff.  I know you can buy a jar of diced garlic at the store and it saves a lot of time and effort because you can just throw in the amount you need and move on.

I have nothing against jars of garlic, I just like peeling and chopping garlic myself.  The one thing I do not like peeling and chopping myself?


Peeling it is a hassle.  If you chop it the wrong way you get these weird hair looking things in it.  It’s just a chore for me.  I really love using fresh ginger though and I’m always tempted to buy those tubes of ginger paste at the store just to avoid the trouble.  The one thing that stops me though is the price.  Those tubes are like $3.00 and sometimes they have things other than just ginger in them.  So I skip the tube and begrudgingly prepare my ginger myself.

Not anymore!  Today I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own ginger paste and start adding it to everything you make.  The best part?  You only need two things and a blender.  Awesome right?!

Ginger Paste

DIY Wednesday: Ginger Paste | Life Healthfully Lived

  • 1 large knob of fresh ginger, about 2 cups roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup water
  1. Peel the ginger.  I use a vegetable peeler to do this because it’s easier than a knife.  Try to get as much of the peel off as you can.  If you can’t reach some places peel it a little after you chop it.
  2. Chop the ginger into bite-size chunks and add to your blender.  Pour in the water.  Blend the ginger and water until it is in paste form and no big chunks remain.
  3. Store the paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

That’s it!  It is so simple and now I don’t have to go through the peeling and chopping every time I want to use fresh ginger.  Just once and then I have a whole jar to use!  You can also make a huge batch and freeze some of it so it is always on hand.  Add this paste to marinades, sauces, stir fry, dips, or even add it to hot water for some ginger tea.  So many uses!DIY Wednesday: Ginger Paste | Life Healthfully Lived

Make sure that you are never without fresh ginger and have a jar of ginger paste always on hand.