Got Jetlag? Here's How to Make Fresh Cut Ginger & Mint Leaf Tea, the "German Jet Lag Cure" by Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds

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Got Jetlag? Here's How to Make Fresh Cut Ginger & Mint Leaf Tea, the "German Jet Lag Cure"

After a long overseas flight, you're bound to get hit by jet lag. What is it? According to the Mayo Clinic, jet lag (also called jet lag disorder) is a temporary sleep problem that can affect anyone who quickly travels across multiple time zones: "Jet lag occurs because your body's clock is still synced to your original time zone, instead of to the time zone where you've traveled. The more time zones crossed, the more likely you are to experience jet lag."

Jet lag can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms, including daytime fatigue, moodiness, difficulty staying alert, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and just a feeling of being unwell. The good news is that jet lag is temporary; it usually takes about a day to recover for each time zone crossed.

So what can you do to minimize your jet lag or recover more quickly? After a recent flight to Germany, I discovered what I'm calling the "German Jet Lag Cure." I shared how I was feeling with the wait staff at our hotel, and they brought me a steaming mug of fresh cut ginger and mint leaf tea with organic lemon and honey that they swear helps with jet lag (and a variety of other maladies). Here's why:

  • Ginger is known to help soothe nausea and boost the immune system. 
  • Mint may help with stomach issues and also may help reduce inflammation. 
  • Fresh lemon is an antioxidant that may help with energy levels, mood and metabolism.
  • Honey has flavonoids (antioxidants) and has been known to soothe sickness and boost immunity.

After drinking this tea, I felt so much better! Here's how you make it:

  1. Pour hot water into a tea cup or mug. 
  2. Add about 1 inch of fresh cut ginger, sliced into small segments. 
  3. Add 10-15 fresh mint leaves, depending on how strong you want it. 
  4. Add one or two round slices of organic lemon.
  5. Add at least 1 teaspoon of organic honey (or honeycomb, if you can get it). 

Let your brew steep about three minutes (the longer you steep it, the stronger it gets!), then sip and enjoy.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This hot tea soothed my stomach and gave me an overall sense of well-being. I'm going to make it not only for jet lag, but any time I'm feeling under the weather! :-) Cheers, my friends! Donna John Meredith Schneider Renee Herren Nicole DeAvilla Holly Budde Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Kim Kusiciel Kimberly Johnson Tiffany Zook Toni B Chef Gigi Gaggero Mike Prochaska
Tiffany Zook
I’ll try it on our trip to Uganda in May. 8 hr. Time difference ...
Kristan Wager
Perfect! Will try this in June for my Israel trip. HATE jetlag. Sounds delish in general!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Check this out - they serve the same German jetlag cure in Munich as they do in Düsseldorf, just in a different way! Just keep sipping... Donna John Tiffany Zook Kristan Wager
Tiffany Zook
Katie Fulton can we make tea bags ahead of time and drink on the plane?
Michael Kennedy
Sounds amazing.
I'm in!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I hope you like it and that it works for you, too, Michael Kennedy !
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I’m in Berlin now, and here’s how they serve this tea here! Still sipping, I love it! Donna John Kristan Wager Michael Kennedy Tiffany Zook Katie Fulton Jan Mostrom
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I’m back in Cologne, Germany, and having the jetlag tea again. Amazing how much better I feel after drinking it! #cheers
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I’m back in Germany and the first thing I had when I got here was my jetlag tea. So helpful and soothing! Donna John Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Renee Herren Chef Gigi Gaggero Tiffany Zook Kristan Wager Michael Kennedy Katie Fulton
Rick St. Peter
I am going to London and Rome next year and I will definitely give it a try!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Two great destinations! And do try the tea. It really helps. I have had success describing this tea at various restaurants around Europe and they all make a valiant effort to make it for me. It really works! Hope you enjoy it, Rick Peter !
Rick St. Peter
Ok so apparently I have two accounts? I am not sure how that happened but I think Rick PETER is my evil twin!?!?!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Which account do you use to publish, Rick Peter ? Donna John and I can try to help?!
Rick St. Peter
Rick St. Peter. I commented from my phone and became Rick Peter after logging in through FB.
Rick St. Peter
Also I do the old school jet lag cure in that I try to schedule my flights overnight so I get in early in the morning and then force myself to stay up. I find that I get worse jet lag coming from Europe to the States then I do from going in the other direction.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Did I mention that this tea also is a fantastic hangover cure? Helped us out on New Year’s Day! Simply add several chunks of fresh ginger, peppermint leaves and organic lemon slices to a pot of simmering water. After steeping for a few minutes, pour into a mug with a teaspoon of honey and prepare to feel better!

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