This Chinese ginger brown sugar drink is said to be very beneficial. Not only it can fight cold but can fix the problem some women encounter when having their periods such as headache, stomachache, heavy flow, etc. Ginger had been used in ancient Chinese medicine to treat illnesses so this is a no surprise. Chinese women consumed lots of ginger after given birth for the full whole month to prevent the "wind" to get into the body, because we believed if the "wind" gets into the body, it will create problem later in life. It is also said that for people who live in the tropical country, if you do travel to another country during the cold weather, boil this tea and drink, it will prevent your body from getting sick. I know for a fact that ginger is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. So, if you see a cold is coming, make this tea and drink it hot. Then, cover yourself with a blanket and let your body sweat. You should be recovered naturally. Call me old-fashion but I believed in ancient natural remedy. Now, I make this tea occasionally just to strengthen the body. It is best to use the age old ginger and drink it hot.
I made a tea pot and this is my approximate recipe.
- 20 oz water
- 6 slices of ginger (old ginger preferred)
- 4 Tbsp. Chinese brown sugar (黑糖) or to taste (available at Asian store)
In a saucepan, add in water and let it boil. When boiled, add in the ginger and sugar. Let it boil for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot. I pour in a tea pot and share among us.
Note: I would recommend you to get the Chinese brown sugar (黑糖) at the Asian supermarket for this tea as the flavor is different ( less sweet too) from the normal brown sugar we buy at the baking section. Showing you a picture above.