My dad loves ginger tea as much as he loves coffee. Salabat as what Filipinos call it, is traditionally served in the colder or rainy seasons.
I remember when I was younger, my dad used to serve me ginger tea from fresh extracted ginger whenever I have a raucous voice. Fact of the matter is I never liked the taste of it but I had no choice even it used to made me gag, my dad was very traditional in so many ways. Amazingly, it effectively helped cure my sore throat.
Aside from treating a cough, do you know that Salabat is also known to stop diarrhea, relieve dizziness and headaches? One time I feel dizzy due to my astigmatism, my mom made me a cup of salabat. Then, after few hours of rest the headache was gone. As much as possible, I don't take pain relievers when headache strikes. I don't want to become dependent to pain relievers as I always experience head aches, that what makes me appreciate ginger so much.
Here is a recipe we always do in making Salabat or Ginger Tea:
What you need:
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
1 Turmeric about half the size of your ginger
juice of 1 calamansi
Clean turmeric and ginger. Cut into very thin slices and place in a mug. Add boiling water and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Add calamansi juice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Take in sips. Take two to three cups a day.