Its cold today! A mere 9 degrees here in Providence, Rhode Island.
This kind of weather calls for some warming input. Today, this took the form of ginger, lemon, and cayenne tea. Ginger root has lots of antioxidants, stimulates circulation, and boosts immune function. Cayenne is extremely beneficial in increasing circulation and combined with fresh lemon juice, this drink is warming, stimulating, and also very detoxifying! A great way to start a chilly morning and also very helpful for treating coughs and congestion, you can add a little honey if you prefer it a little sweeter.
Fresh or dried ginger root can be used. If using the fresh root, mince or grate a 1″ piece of ginger and put it into a teapot, tea ball, french press, or your tea brewing contraption of choice. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper (more or less depending on how much spice factor you desire) and let steep for at least 10 minutes. Squeeze in the juice from a whole lemon.