Having a Thai immigrant mother made my childhood a little different than most of my friends'. In my home, the rice cooker was on 24/7, wearing shoes inside was a huge offense punishable by grounding, and if I was sick, my mom always turned to her expansive cabinet of mystery herbs. When I was younger, my American-born dad would look at her cautiously as she mixed up her treatments. "Why can't we just give her some Tylenol?" he would insist.
Back then, I hated my mother's herbal concoctions; most were bitter and came along with too much coddling and detailed explanations of each herb she used. As an adult, I crave the comfort of her blends and all the healing powers that seem to come from them — none more so than her fresh ginger-lemongrass tea. It's a surefire way to clear up congestion or a sore throat, ease aches and pains, and soothe an upset tummy. It also brings along with it the gentle and persistent love that only a mother can provide.
For an extra kick of endorphins, add a teaspoon of chili powder to the mix. 2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 stalks lemongrass, green tops removed then pale ends finely chopped
3 cups water
3 tablespoons honey
For an extra kick of endorphins, add a teaspoon of chili powder to the mix.
2-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced