Ginger Root has so many benefits that it is kinda silly not to tap into its resources when you are feeling under the weather, motion sick, or just knocked up. Let’s first start by listing the actual remedies that ginger root has been used for:
1. Motion Sickness, Tiffers, this one is for you!
2. Morning Sickness
3. Upset stomach
4. Colds and headaches
5. Digestion aid
6. Lowers high blood pressure
7. Lowers LDL cholesterol levels
8. Stomach ulcers
9. Arthritis or joint pain
10. Athlete’s foot, soak your feet in a cool ginger tea
11. Excessive perspiration
12. Freshen breath
13. Mood enhancer/Stress reliever
So, it looks like Grandma was right giving you a ginger ale anytime you complained for something. Okay, well my grandma never did that, but I am sure there are lots of grandmas who do. Heck, I will probably end up as that old lady with smeared, bright red lipstick and blue eyeshadow pretending to be a little senile while I go around giving ginger ale to the sick children of the neighborhood. It could happen, just don’t hold your breathe!
Homemade Ginger Ale
1-2 T. homemade ginger syrup
1 1/2 cups Soda water
Natural Green Ginger Tea
1 Natural green tea bag
1 cup hot, filtered water
1-2 tsp. homemade ginger syrup
Homemade Ginger Syrup Recipe:
1 cup fresh ginger root, skinned and chopped
1 – 1/2 cups raw sugar or honey
1 -1 1/4 cup water, cool and filtered
1-2 tsp. powdered ginger
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and steep for 3-4 hours or over night. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cloth. Refridgerate for up to two weeks or freeze for later use in drinks and sweets.
I hope you will give this natural food a try as a healing ingredient in your diet next time you are feeling a bit down. Ginger has a very unique flavor of spice and sweetness that I am sure may take a few people getting used to it. Let me know what you think of your homemade ginger ale or tea if you give it a try!