Do you guys watch Man vs. Wild? I've been watching it on Netflix and in the pilot he gets completely naked and eats maggots! Not at the same time, but still. I feel like they should invite me to do an episode. I would probably just cry the whole time looking for some aloe vera juice to drink. I do love me some aloe vera juice, but I can't think of a worse way to travel the world. Oh, now he's eating scorpions, "Bite 'im just below the stinga." Seriously, Bear Grylls?
He just said something about diarrhea.
On that note, let's talk about tea.
I'm sorry I got distracted.
Oh, he's now eating raw zebra meat, on hands and knees mind you. The giraffe thinks he's crazy. FYI, don't get charged by rhinos and baboons always know where the good water is. This guy is too much. I'm hitting pause now. Elephant dung makes good kindling. I have to stop.
Now that you've heard my recap of Episode 4 Season 1 of Man vs. Wild, it's time to talk about my other obsession homemade Ginger Tea! Just a little more Man vs. Wild though. I'm kidding. No, I'm not. I'm really not. I wonder if Bear Grylls likes ginger tea. He probably does. I mean, I just saw this guy eat maggots.
Hippos are one of the deadliest animals in Africa? This is coming from a guy just ran into a lion.
Onto the serious stuff. While you may have heard that ginger is awesome for digestion (and it is) it's also amazing for inflammation and your immune system. What you might not have known about ginger is it's ability to induce death of cancerous cells in the ovaries. Amazing, right? Keep that bit in your pocket next time you're at the grocery store. While it was specifically studied on the ovaries, I suspect it's more useful that we know. I found this out on one of my favorite websites, World's Healthiest Foods. They have the most amazing compilation of foods and their respective benefits.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 - 5" piece of fresh ginger - chopped
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves or 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup of raw honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 gallon distilled water
- Place all ingredients in a large pan. Bring to a simmer.
- Right after it simmers reduce heat to medium-low and allow to cook for 20 minutes.
- Let the whole mixture sit as it cools for 2-4 hours.
- Strain out the solid parts and serve hot or cold.
This tea comes out strong. Everyone who tasted it had said it was stronger than they had expected by looking at the color. If you want a milder tea you could cut the ginger and clove in half. I like it strong and I want to get all the maximum medicinal benefit for my efforts.