Ginger tea is a powerful cleansing drink that mobilizes toxins and restore balance to the body. It also benefits the digestive system and helps diminish cravings for sweet and salty foods. The Chopra Center recommends drinking two to three cups of hot ginger tea every day. Keep in mind, however, that ginger slightly increases Pitta dosha, so avoid drinking large amounts if your Pitta is out of balance.
To make one quart of ginger tea:
Chop an unpeeled 2-inch piece of whole ginger into coarse pieces and place in a 2- to 3-quart pot with one quart of purified water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, allowing the tea to simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and store in a thermos bottle or glass jar.
To make one cup of ginger tea:
Take a piece of whole, unpeeled ginger root and grate 1 heaping teaspoon. Stir the ginger into a cup of hot water and let steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle at the bottom of the cup.