Our pick for this week’s TOTW is Ginger Kick from Higher Living Herbs. A warming infusion featuring just ginger, lemon peel and nothing else, this tasty beverage is certified organic by the USDA and Soil Association, and is naturally caffeine free. Higher Living is an independent family owned company and has been producing teas and herbal infusions for 45 years.
This tea comes in recyclable paper and card packaging, decorated in a delightfully folksy style with their charming signature bird illustrations. The scent of ginger is immediately detectable before you even open the paper envelope, which is a promising sign. As mentioned, this is a blend of pure organic ginger and lemon peel, with no other ingredients added, so I was excited to taste the unadulterated blend of just two organic ingredients. The unbleached paper bag reveals the ginger and lemon pieces inside and the ginger aroma is even stronger. I steeped the tea in freshly boiled water, following the directions on the packaging, and the brew was a very light shade and so aromatic – as well as the ginger I could also smell the lemon peel which complemented it perfectly. I did not add milk (that would not be advised!) but I did add one sweetener, as in my habit, but you may wish to just have this tea as is. The taste is very gingery, as you can expect, but with no hint of bitterness or astringency – it does have somewhat of a kick, as the name suggests, but in the most pleasant way possible. I do love ginger beer and other ginger drinks, so perhaps I am biased, but I really enjoyed this! The tartness of the lemon perfectly accents the fiery ginger taste without being too acidic. These two simple ingredients have been expertly combined to make a really tasty beverage with no additives or artificial flavourings.
Good to know
Many people use ginger as a natural remedy for digestive issues and nausea, especially morning sickness, so this could be a great tea for settling the stomach or drinking after meals. As you can imagine this is a completely caffeine free beverage so anyone can enjoy it at any time during the day. If you have a cold or a sore throat, this would be a wonderfully soothing infusion. Ginger has been widely used in folk medicine for a variety of ailments, and contains a substance called gingerol, which is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Some studies have found that ginger could be effective for soothing menstrual cramps and even osteoarthritis, perhaps due to these anti-inflammatory properties.