I’m one of those people whose feelings end up in their stomach.
If I’m feeling nervous, excited, anxious, worried, anxious, afraid, unsettled, or irritated, my stomach has its own corresponding dance. Your feelings may turn into headaches or that weird eyelid twitch, but regardless, our emotional things almost always manifest themselves as physical things.
With so much to see and do and wrap and taste and smell and feel (so much exciiiiiitement!) during the holiday season, I start to notice a pattern of my stomach feeling off more days than it’s on. Once I’ve spent at least an hour on WebMD ruling out a very rare and very deadly parasite, I find that a cup of tea and little quiet time often does the trick.
When that’s not enough, I hit up nature’s medicine cabinet.
Side bar: That would be such a cute name for a store. I would sell flowers and tea and make people happy. Except… never mind… “nature’s medicine cabinet” might be the name of a medical marijuana dispensary I saw on 60 Minutes. Who knows.
Back on topic: A little ginger, some citrus, a bit of mint… et voila.
Ginger and mint lemonade
While this ginger and mint lemonade serves as a fantastic stomach soother (and it’s sort of the perfect antidote the entire bowl of M&Ms I ate last night), it’s just as delicious and refreshing on those days when all is right in your world and in your body.
Oh, and (you know this already): Numbers are not my strong suit, so don’t worry too much about measuring. As with just about every recipe I share, you’ll get by with some good estimating and tasting along the way.
Recipe yields approximately 4 servings and will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days
- 1/4 cup loose mint tea leaves (I used organic spearmint from David’s Tea)
- 1/3 cup freshly chopped ginger
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately 2 lemons)
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Ice cubes
- Lemon slices for garnish
- Mix tea leaves, agave nectar and grated ginger in a large bowl.
- Add boiling water and allow mixture to steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain tea mixture using a fine mesh strainer* into a large measuring cup (or bowl with a pouring spout thing) and press firmly to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Add lemon juice and cold water.
- Divide and store in covered glass jars.
- Refrigerate and shake well before serving.
*As you can see in the photo above, I used a fairly loose strainer and some errant tea leaves snuck in (all good in my book). If you’d prefer to not have the feeling that something’s stuck between your two front teeth all day, I recommend a fine mesh strainer for Step 3.
Okay! Back to the
candy bowl excitement!
Also On Tap for Today:
- Last day in the office for 2014!
- More home remedies for soothing upset stomachs via Everyday Roots
- Last Minute Larry in full effect (just a few more pressies to pick up…)
What’s your home remedy of choice?