How to make:
- Chop up a bunch of ginger, probably at least an inch to an inch and a half chunk, depending on how much tea you want, and how strong you want it.
- Add desired amount of water.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the tea burns just a little going down. (This is not a joke. If it doesn't burn, it's not strong enough).
- Strain the ginger and serve with honey and/or lemon to make it palatable. (Again, not a joke. This stuff is kind of disgusting).
- Reserve ginger to use again. We reuse the ginger for at least three or four pots of tea, and sometimes stretch it a bit further by adding a small amount of new ginger to the pot.
My mom first discovered this when I was in high school, and it took me about five years before I could drink more than a few sips. However, three or four large mugs of this stuff a day will speed up the course of your illness, and if started soon enough, can even decrease the severity. I have no scientific evidence for this (although I'm sure there is some), but at the very least, it makes us all feel a little better.