Ginger and Tangerine Peel Tea
from Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine by Ellen Goldsmith
A SPRING DIGESTIVE TONIC FOR
THE LESSER YIN CONSTITUTION
I often find coming out of winter hibernation and into spring to be the hardest transition of the year for myself and clients. You too? It may show up as allergies, springs colds, fatigue, nagging digestive distress, etc. Part of this may be the weather still figuring itself out - moving from sunshine to snow within 48 hours (I'm looking at you, Michigan) can be crazy making for our internal world.
For my lesser yin constitutions, those with a cold and damp central energy, you likely need extra support warming up and getting circulated again after the long winter. This tea will help you do just that with the warmth from ginger and digestive support from dried tangerine peel.
It's simple, mighty, and effective.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
3 slices (quarter-size) ginger root, slightly crushed
2 strips dried tangerine peel*
Liquid honey, optional
*You can buy dried tangerine peel from a Chinese herb supplier or any acupuncturist who stocks medicinal herbs. But it's also easy to dry on your own by peeling a tangerine and ripping into 1-inch (2.5 cm) long strips. Lay the strips on a piece of parchment paper and let dry in a cool, dark, dry place for 2 day
In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups (500mL) water to a boil. Remove from heat.
Stir in ginger and tangerine peel. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
Strain into teacups. Stir in honey (if using) to taste. Serve immediately.