14 Ways to Use Ground Ginger

14 ways to use ground ginger

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I know when I was first learning about herbs, I would excitedly read a new recipe or tutorial only to find out it needed some exotic-sounding special ingredient that required an internet order to obtain.

I remember that feeling of frustration and thought that today, I’d share with you fourteen ways to use ground ginger, easily obtained from the spice section of your local supermarket.

Optimally, you’d want an organic brand, but these recipes should work with whatever type is available to you. For this post, I went to my local WalMart and spent $3.98 for a 1 ounce bottle of ground ginger.

Normally, I use ginger purchased in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs, where 4 ounces of fresh, high quality, organic ground ginger root only costs $3.50. The savings really add up when you buy all of your herbs & spices at a price like that!

 

Before we get started, a quick rundown on some of the potential benefits of ginger:

  • anti-inflammatory, useful for rheumatic & arthritic conditions that feel better when heat is applied
  • helps warm & energize the body when you are chilled and/or sluggish feeling
  • helps with colds & flu when chills & congestion are among the symptoms
  • and it really stars in alleviating upset stomach, nausea & vomiting

It’s important that if you have high or low blood pressure, have any bleeding disorders or are on blood thinners or other such medications, that you consult your health care professional before using a lot of ginger in therapeutic doses.

 

Okay, now that you’ve got the basic info and disclaimers, let’s get started!

1. Tea

  • Ginger tea is easy to make. Measure 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger into a heat proof mug or glass and pour 1 cup of boiling water over it. Cover with a saucer and let sit until cool enough to drink before straining. (I line a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter to do so.) Sweeten with honey or sugar as desired. The dose for children: 1/4 cup every two to three hours and aim for no more than 1 to 2 cups total per day.

 

2.  Compress

  • A compress, or fomentation, is helpful for painful joints, muscle sprains or stomach aches. Make a tea (see #1 for directions), soak a piece of flannel or washcloth for about 5 minutes, wring out and immediately place on painful area. Cover with a towel, then a heating pad or hot water bottle, then another towel. Leave on for 20 minutes. Repeat if needed.

 

3. Herbal Jello

 

4. Candy

  • Ginger candy is a yummy way to help alleviate the queasiness that sometimes accompanies pregnancy or traveling. To make herbal candy you will need: 1 cup of prepared ginger tea (you may want to increase the amount of ginger if a stronger flavor is desired) and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir together well in a deep, heavy saucepan. Boil over medium to medium-high heat, without further stirring, until mixture reaches 300 degrees F, periodically stirring, if needed.
  • I like to use homemade corn-free powdered sugar as molds. You can see more details about that method and this recipe at my Rose-Petal Peppermint Drops post. It is essentially the same recipe, only the “rose petal tea” is changed to ginger tea. You can use this method with virtually any herb or edible flower you’d like! (Elderberry is another favorite!)

 

5. Ginger Ale Fizz

  • This is a fun drink, especially for kids. The recipe comes from A Kid’s Herb Book by Lesley Tierra. This is a wonderful book that both my daughter and I have poured over many times. It’s a highly recommended resource for your home library! Make a tea, as directed in #1, only use twice as much ginger. So the ratio will be 1/2 teaspoon ginger to 1 cup boiling water. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes to reduce it a bit, then let sit for ten minutes before straining. Stir in 2 teaspoons of sugar/honey (adjust to taste) then gently add up to 1/2 cup carbonated water. Drink right away to preserve the fizz factor. You can also omit the sugar/honey and replace the carbonated water with 1/2 cup ginger ale or other light tasting natural soda. (This is a useful alternative for those accustomed to a “soft drink” type taste, but still gets the helpful herb in them.)

 

6. Foot Bath

  • A ginger foot bath is invigorating! It helps warm up and stimulate the entire body by increasing circulation to the feet and legs. Persons with diabetic retinopathy may find this helpful, however, it would be wise to double check with your health care provider first.
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil then add up to 2 tablespoons of powdered ginger and a pinch or two of sea salt (optional.) Let this cool quite a bit before pouring into a basin or tub that will fit your feet comfortably. For your first ginger footbath, start with a smaller amount of ginger then work your way up. Soak feet for ten to twenty minutes at a time.

 

7. Oil

  • Ginger root oil can be rubbed onto achy joints to help relieve some of the pains associated with arthritic conditions. Another use is placing 2 to 3 drops on a piece of cotton or cotton ball and placing in an aching ear for several hours. I like to use it in salves and balms that I make intended for sore muscles. See my Aches & Pains Balm recipe for an example of this.
  • To make the oil, place several pinches or spoonfuls (you don’t really have to be exacting on this) of ground ginger in a small jar. Pour olive oil or sweet almond oil over the spice. Shake well and allow to infuse for several weeks in a cool, dark place. Shake daily so that the powder doesn’t settle in one big clump in the bottom of the jar. After about four to six weeks, strain out the oil and store in a sterilized jar with a tight cap. This will keep about a year if stored properly.

 

 8. Salve

  • While you can use the ginger root oil directly as is, sometimes it’s more convenient and less messy to apply in salve form. To make a salve from the oil you made in #7 above: Measure out 1 tablespoon ginger oil and 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax. Combine together in a heat proof small jar such as a jelly jar. Set this into a pan with a few inches of water. Slowly heat the water (not to boiling!) until the beeswax melts. Pour into a small 1/2 ounce tin. Allow to set up then cap and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Apply as needed.

 

9. Capsules

  • Capsules of ginger are great to take right before a trip, if you are prone to motion sickness. They’re also helpful for when you’re feeling a bit icky, run down, or your stomach feels yucky. I make my own capsules two ways. The first is by using encapsulation tools I bought from Mountain Rose Herbs.
  • My other, really cheap way that I often employ is to reuse tiny supplement capsules that we only take a sprinkle of at a time. For instance, germanium is excellent to take when you’re sick. But, I don’t like to take large amounts of any one vitamin or mineral because that’s a good way to upset the balance of its cofactors; I’m a micro-doser. So, if someone is under the weather, I might mix a spoonful of honey with a tincture or a bit of herb like olive leaf and I will also add a sprinkle of germanium. I save all of the capsules once they’re empty and toss them back in the bottle. I repry them open and use a tiny measuring spoon to refill with powdered ginger. Then, I have an easy-to-swallow sized pill perfect for kids and those with a sensitive gag reflex.

 

10. Tincture

  • I can’t make this list without mentioning tinctures! To make one, put a generous pinch or two of ground ginger in a small jar then cover with 80 proof or higher vodka or brandy. (Chopped fresh ginger will work even better, but use what you have.) Cap and shake well then store in a cool, dark place like a cupboard. After six weeks or so, strain out the herbs and rebottle the tincture in a sterilized jar. Label clearly with the date and ingredients. These will keep for at least a year, but likely much longer.
  • A general dosage for adults is 3 dropperfuls, three times a day, half as much or less for a child. I usually dispense tinctures to my children about 3 or 4 drops at a time. I like to dose ginger tincture in a glass of ginger ale. But, you can also mix some with a spoonful of honey. Brave souls can even take a dropperful directly in the mouth, followed by a swig of water.

 

11. Medicinal Vinegar &/or Oxymel

 

12. Ginger Syrup

  • Before I found out my issues with gluten, I almost constantly felt sick. It was reminiscent of the morning-and-all-day queasiness I felt when pregnant. For a few years, Maalox was my lifesaver and I went through bottle after bottle of it. (Eek! I know!) Then, I became more health-conscious and switched to some tiny, expensive bottles of ginger syrup from the health food store. Eventually, I figured out that food can be the root of many illnesses, dropped the gluten and queasiness became a thing of the past! I now also know that I could have saved a ton of money by making my own ginger syrup.
  • While there are several methods of making ginger syrup, I’ll share an easy honey-based one with you now.
  • First, make a very strong tea (see directions on #1 of this list.) Use twice as much ginger or half as much water when making your tea – you may want to experiment to find what strength works best for you, but that’s a good starting point.
  • Next, measure out two to three times as much honey, as tea. I can’t recommend raw, local honey highly enough, but use what you can get. While the tea is still warm, gently stir the honey into it.
  • Once the ingredients are fully incorporated, pour into a sterilized jar. Store for around a month in the refrigerator. (Add several tablespoons of vodka or brandy to extend shelf life by several more months.) Dosing: 1 to 2 teaspoons for children over a year old, 1 tablespoon for adults up to five times per day, as needed.

 

13. Liniment

  • When I was a kid, my parents had this bright green, minty smelling alcohol I would rub on my legs when I had growing pains. Now I know that this is called a liniment and is easily duplicated at home. Depending on which herb you choose, your liniment will be warming or cooling. A ginger liniment is warming and can increase blood circulation and help when you’re feeling stiff and achy – especially if the discomfort is a result of cold weather.
  • To make a liniment: place several pinches of ground ginger in a jar. Cover completely with rubbing alcohol (you can also use witch hazel extract or vinegar) then cap. Let this sit in a cupboard for a couple of weeks, shaking whenever you remember. After this amount of time, strain out and discard the ginger. Rebottle the liniment in a (preferably dark) bottle. Make sure to clearly label that this is for external use only and keep out of reach of children. If you have any concern at all about children getting into this, then use vinegar as your menstruum instead of rubbing alcohol. Rub this on strained muscles and areas of arthritic pain.

 

14. Honey Mixture

  • Finally, the last way you can use ground ginger is the quickest, easiest and my most favorite way. Just put a spoonful of honey into a tea cup or small bowl, put in a tiny pinch of ginger, stir together then eat! Can’t beat the simplicity of that! (Remember, children shouldn’t ingest honey until they are over a year old.)

 

I hope these fourteen ways to use a bottle of ground ginger from the grocery store helps you realize that you don’t have to wait until you can buy expensive, exotic sounding ingredients to start experimenting with herbs. Use what you have handy, right now!

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78 Responses to 14 Ways to Use Ground Ginger

  1. Cheryl says:

    Such a timely post, will have to make the Ginger candy for my parents who are embarking on their first cruise next month. Also to put some of the other recipes together for my own aching muscles. Thank you

  2. Tammy says:

    As always, wonderful post! I learn so much from your blog! I really like the idea of making candy and ginger ale fizz. I use a lot of fresh ginger root, and sometimes I take the outer layer that gets peeled off and steep it in water to make tea.

  3. Michelle says:

    I have a serious love affair with ginger. One of my favorites is ginger lemon-aid.
    I’m using ginger because I love the taste, so that fact that it’s so beneficial is a win/win for me.
    Thanks for giving me even more ways to enjoy the taste of ginger & the health benefits

  4. Love this! I remember as a child I would get car sick, a lot. We started keeping cans of ginger ail in the car and if I felt funny I would start drinking it and would feel fine after that.
    Those candies are a great idea, and I never though of making a mold that way.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kendra! My son sometimes gets a little carsick on long rides too. Ginger quickly takes care of it! :)

      • Holly says:

        Wish I knew about ginger as a kid. I was famous for being car sick and motion sickness! I love all these ideas. I found ginger through juicing. I like it in small doses, I find the taste overwhelming at times. But in small doses or mixed with the right ingredients its lovely.

  5. Julie says:

    I’ve always been told it is good for migraines. I may have to try some of these. So cute! I would love for you to add this, and other of your great posts, to mu weekly Mom’s Library Link-Up.
    http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/11/co-hosting-moms-library-4-for-me.html

    Thanks and Be Blessed,
    Julie

  6. Jan, this is amazing! From the first sentence about the frustration of the exotic-sounding ingredients (totally me!), to the super simple honey mixture – such a great list! THanks for linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesday. I’m sharing on FB and pinning! :)

  7. Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

  8. Angela says:

    I LOVE this post. Ginger is so versatile and you really captured the amazingness of the wonderful plant here and made it easy to use!
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday.

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  10. Chris says:

    Hi, i especially like the last recipe…so quick and easy but what are the health benefits of it or is it just a sweetener for tea, etc. ?
    thanks!!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Chris! Using the last method, you’re basically making an electuary, or herbal paste. So, pretty much, it’s another way to dose ginger just as effectively as you would via a tea or capsule or tincture. Cinnamon is another herb commonly used in an electuary. It’s effect is similar to ginger – warming and helpful for coughs with clearish mucus. Using it as a sweetener is a great idea too! :)

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  12. Great post, Jan. I too love ginger and first became enamoured with it from eating a particular chocolate bar that now seems to have disappeared from the marketplace. It was called “Ginger Delight” and I believe it was made by the same company that sells “Big Turk” (“Turkish Delight”). The wrapper had green lettering and I have looked for it high and low for several years, both in Canada and the U.S. I wonder if you or any of your readers remember it and have seen it for sale anywhere? As always, keep up your excellent work. To be honest, your website and blog are by far the most professional and informative I have found. Best regards, Farmer Doug @ Ladybug’s Mew in Yellow Point, B.C. :)

  13. Norma Perez says:

    So how do we find fresh Ginger root? Where is it normally found? I mean, so it can be found on the root of a tree or plant but which one? I would love to be able to go out and find fresh Ginger that way! I do love the smell of Ginger and other spices when they are cooking!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Norma, all of these ideas work with powdered ginger that you find in the spice section. You should be able to find fresh ginger root in the produce section of many grocery stores though. That’s great stuff too! I’ve seen where people try to cut off pieces and grow indoors (since it’s a tropical plant) but haven’t experimented with that to know if it works or not. It would be really cool to be able to harvest fresh ginger like that!! :)

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  15. nancy braun says:

    I use whole fresh ginger. Is this better than the powder

    • Jan says:

      Whole fresh ginger is great! Drying ginger increases the concentration of some of the compounds which makes it more potent, so you’ll need about 5 or 6 times as much fresh as dried. You can use whatever you have on hand – it’s all good stuff. :)

  16. J.C. says:

    I came on your blog because I was looing for ginger ale recipes. But I don’t get how your recipe requires ginger ale……on top of your mixture. :( I see that you can use carbonated water….but the fact you also use ginger ale suggests it’s not a good self-standing ginger ale recipe.

    • Jan says:

      Hi J.C.,

      Thanks for your comment. I edited the post to clarify the recipe. You need:
      the sweetener plus carbonated water
      OR
      omit the sweetener and add ginger ale (or other light drink)

      It’s not meant to be a self-standing ginger ale recipe, just a fun fizzy drink to help get ginger in kids (or adults who don’t like straight herbal tea) when they need it. :)

  17. Deborah - Victoria - Australia says:

    It is 2.12am in the morning on the 5th of Feb 2013, I have been suffering from Nausea for a few weeks – no not pregnant.
    I have MS.
    May be starting menopause – aged 47.
    MS injection can cause nausea but not this bad.

    What a great site – this weekend, I am going to make some of these things.
    Sitting here sipping ginger tea with honey.
    I need to sleep, I have work soon.

    Thanks – will see how this goes.

    Regards

    Deborah

    • Jan says:

      Hi Deborah,
      I hope you feel better soon and can get the nausea under control! Another highly effective thing that we use when queasy is spilanthes tincture. I grow my own now, but you can buy it from http://www.horizonherbs.com/product.asp?specific=844
      It’s very settling to the stomach whether you feel bad from a bug or just from overeating. It’s also a rather powerful antibacterial/viral/fungal so you might want to balance it out by eating yogurt or taking a probiotic supplement – if you try it.
      One more idea is putting a few drops of lavender (at night – since it’s relaxing) or peppermint (during day – since it’s invigorating) essential oil on a small piece of cloth and deeply inhaling the aroma whenever a wave of nausea occurs.
      I really hope you feel better soon!

  18. Marie A. Self says:

    I love this information concerning ginger. I use ginger to get relief from an advanced case of acid reflux GERD. The medication I’ve been taking for 17 yrs. stopped working for the GERD. Nothing else has worked. I was told by my doctor that I’d have to live with it. So, I did my own research. Someone told me to chew raw ginger. It worked but was VERY hot, so I got crystalized ginger and take it with me everywhere. I also make lemon ginger tea with honey and two teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar. I I use

    • Jan says:

      I’m glad to hear how much ginger is helping you! My husband recently had some issues with reflux as well and I successfully used ginger (along with food enzymes, heavy duty probiotics and two great supplements called Gastro Health and Stomach Comfort by Nature’s Sunshine) to eradicate it. I love how nature supplies remedies for our health needs! I hope you keep feeling better!! :)

  19. Leah says:

    Love these Tips on on how to use Ground Ginger cause I buy it & never really use it, so now I will. :)!

  20. Kristyn says:

    I was wondering could I ground up or blend the ginger root? Or do I need the ginger in the bottle. Very very new at using fresh herbs. I get frustrated at times with all the info but no info at the same time anything would help at this time :)

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kristyn! :)

      You can definitely use fresh ginger in almost all of these recipes. 1/8 teaspoon of dried ginger equals about 1 tablespoon of freshly grated, peeled ginger root.

      So, for the tea, put a couple of tablespoons of fresh, grated ginger in the cup instead of the 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger powder. Use it in the recipes as called for.

      The only two recipes where I think dried works better than fresh root would be: (9.) capsules (definitely want the dried there) and (7.) infusing the oil. Even then, you can use fresh root to infuse the oil, but I’m always cautious about using fresh plant matter in oils because of the water content. They tend to spoil faster, so be aware of that.

      I know what you mean about all of the conflicting information out there! If in doubt about something, I always consult one of my trusted books over anything I find on the internet. I have some good books listed in the resources section:
      http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/resource/

      My favorite one of those, the one that helped me most starting out, was Richo Cech’s – Making Plant Medicine. He covers a lot of common herbs plus ways to make tinctures, poultices, teas, and so forth.

      Have fun exploring herbs! :)

  21. thank you. I love ginger. so good for stimulating the circulation

  22. Enjoyed your information on Ginger. I am an older person and tried of taking pills for everything, like something organic and easy. Please send me the information on your website.

  23. Faith says:

    Awesome information! I am also gluten free and I will definitely be checking out the rest of your site.

  24. Kailee says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! For awhile I felt like I never knew what to do with ground ginger, but I had no idea there were so many easy and cheap options. I have a terrible stomach that gives me chronic nausea and vomiting, but it’s nice to have a natural method that relieves a significant amount of discomfort. It’s pretty close to a miracle!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Kailee! I’m so sorry to hear about your chronic stomach troubles – that sounds quite miserable! I’m glad that you’ve found some relief with ginger. It’s a wonderful spice and I like that it’s so inexpensive and easy to buy too! I hope you find out what’s triggering the nausea and vomiting so you can find permanent relief!

  25. Marietje says:

    Thanks for this great site. Juicing ginger root with fresh apples is also a great combo. I too, love the combination of ginger with dark chocolate. You can order dark chocolate covered candied ginger at nuts.com. And another favorite is and Indonesian ginger chew candy called Ting Ting Jahe, available at most Asian store if you don’t have any homemade and need a ginger fix.

  26. waiel says:

    thanks for the great tips but my stomach has troubles if i take ginger and TURMERIC could you please guide me about the best way to use them and avoid its side effects?
    note that i suffer meniere disease, thanks again
    sorry for bad english

    • Jan says:

      I wish I could be more helpful, but I’m just a hobbyist and am not knowledgeable enough about Meniere’s disease to give the proper information you need. However, if you’re on Facebook, you might want to check out the group Herbal Healing:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/2426239459/
      They have a lot of nice people with good resources, someone there will likely have a better answer for you!

  27. Dawn says:

    my question is very beyond serious,everyone tells me I suffer from anxiety,that being the reason I am almost always lightheaded and frequently nauseated,and headaches are an every day ongoing thing for me even my doc “assumes” it’s over anxiousness,so of course my question is,(while I know you are not a Doctor) would you be willing to help me out with some possible natural anti anxiety recipes/oils…something I am so so beyond petrfied to try any of the prescription meds than have been advised to me and I know they are NOT the only option,i know theres other solutions out there and you’re pretty much my last hope you seem very “witty” with your herbs/supplements etc…please please please tell me you can help :) look forward to hearing from you :)

    • Jan says:

      Hi Dawn! First of all, I’m so sorry that the doctors feel that you’re just over anxious. I got that runaround too, for quite a long time. In my case, I ended up having atypical celiac disease. After my kids tested positive for it, I asked my doctors for a test. It was negative. They did a few more tests for ulcer, etc, but basically they all told me that it was probably just stress and I’d have to just learn to live with feeling horrible all the time. I got to the point where I was starting to believe everyone and that my feeling so bad was all in my head. A year or two later though, I had a new test for celiac again. Sure enough, by then, I had enough damage to test positive. Once I stopped gluten, the nausea and reflux and stomach aches went away within a short time. My seasonal allergies cleared up over the next year and I eventually had more energy. I found that taking chromium and spacing healthier meals & snacks so that I was never too hungry helped with the light headed spells. (They were caused by blood sugar swings, made worse by eating a diet of primarily bread & white potatoes.) I finally felt like a normal person again! I’m not saying that your symptoms are caused specifically by gluten or low blood sugar, but I think that there is SOMETHING more going on that’s making you feel like that. Anti-anxiety herbs might help the symptoms, but what is the deeper cause that needs to be addressed? It could truly be anything from thyroid to adrenals to something in your water or environment or consuming artificial sweeteners or genetic methylation issues or… lots of stuff that I have no way of knowing. If you have any way possible to see a naturopath, I would highly suggest that. You could also ask around your local health store, to see who they go to, when they are sick. (That’s how we found our amazing pediatrician.) Someone out there, very likely has an answer for you or can get you on the right path. The tricky part is finding them! I wish you lots of good luck and I hope that you’re able to find what things are triggering you to feel bad. I know it’s a tough place to be in! But, do look around for a naturopath or herbalist and get their opinion. Ours changed our life & I hope the same happens for you!

  28. Bonny Lass says:

    Thanks for info on the powdered form of ginger, which I have. So much more convenient. I was not sure if there are parts of the fresh ginger that is not supposed to be edible, so never purchased it that way. Love these blogs, am sharing.

    • Jan says:

      Thanks for sharing Bonny! I’m glad to hear that the information was helpful to you. You can eat all parts of the ginger root, but I like to peel mine first. We also live in an area where it’s hard to get good fresh ginger root, so I use the powdered most often myself! :)

  29. Laura says:

    Everyone says ginger helps lose weight, so can ginger be eaten? I have ground ginger, but it doesn’t really taste good. LOL

    • Jan says:

      Hi Laura! You can eat ginger – I like it candied (though if you’re trying to lose weight you’d probably not want the sugar in candied ginger.) You can also add it to stir fries or other dishes – I bet there are lots of yummy recipes out there. :)
      You’d definitely need to research further to know how much you can safely consume, plus if you’re on blood thinners or have other medical issues or concerns, your doctor should be consulted to make sure that it’s okay for your health situation. I found this article in a quick search: http://www.livestrong.com/article/504737-how-much-raw-ginger-can-you-eat/ that tells an upper limit; however, you’d want to read up more than just from one source.

  30. holly R says:

    As someone who has made tinctures for years,I would suggest using the chopped root instead of powder,this would extract the properties better and make it more potent,same for the oil. Just my thoughts..Thank you for your informative posts.

    • Jan says:

      Thanks for the great advice Holly R! Chopped dried root is indeed excellent to use & can be purchased online from various places. Sometimes though, the funds just aren’t available for special orders, so inexpensive powdered ginger is still a great starting point for beginners. :)

  31. Linda says:

    For those of us who are not Certified Earth Mothers, could you please clarify exactly HOW one best goes about straining the various ginger concoctions, particularly ginger tea? I have a wire mesh strainer, but I dont’ see how that will do any good. I just tried to use a paper coffee filter to strain a cup of ginger tea, and it didn’t work well either. :/

    • Jan says:

      Hi Linda, I’m not exactly sure what certified earth mother protocol would say, but my trial & error method is to take a super-fine mesh strainer that my mom handed down to me ages ago & then line it with a coffee filter before carefully pouring the liquid through. A few layers of cheesecloth or a square of an old white t-shirt lining the strainer will also work, depending on the liquid. (Oils work best with the latter method.)

  32. Rafiq Moosa says:

    Thank you so much, for all these wonderful ideas. I have always been a fan of, amongst other things, ginger and honey; especially honey. I do hope you will not feel offended if I offer just one tiny piece of advice:
    HONEY SHOULD NEVER BE HEATED. I always make it a point to add honey later when the concoction has become a little less hot.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Jan says:

      Most definitely not offended. :) You are absolutely correct; raw honey is at its peak effectiveness when unheated; I need to go in and update those syrup directions – thanks!

  33. Angela VA says:

    I noticed in your number 10. Tincture you mentioned “80 proof or higher vodka or brandy” which makes perfect sense;
    But the picture was of Isopropyl alcohol, which should not be ingested.

    The picture threw me off when I was scrolling and saw Isopropyl alcohol. Even though the paragraph list the proper alcohol, I would be concerned that people might drink Isopropyl alcohol.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Angela! Thanks for the feedback; I appreciate you bringing it up. I’ll pull up the post in just a few minutes and edit it so that #10’s tincture directions will be more differentiated between #11’s liniment photo. Thanks & have a great day! :)

  34. Laide says:

    Pls if I want infuse ginger,what is d quantity of oil to use to a tea spoon of ginger powder? Thks

    • Jan says:

      Hi Laide, It doesn’t have to be exact amounts; I usually don’t measure. You could perhaps try a teaspoon or two of ginger powder in about 1/4 cup of oil.

  35. Melissa Ross says:

    Love Love your site! I have been reading and studying up a lot on the powers of Ginger. This looks like it would be great for circulation and inflammation in the legs as well! A while back (I think it was you?) did you post a recipe for a salve that was great for inflammation and pain? Could you tell me where to look for that? Thanks so much! Your a wealth of information!! xxoo

    • Jan says:

      Hi Melissa!

      I sure do have a recipe for a salve for inflammation and pain:
      http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/aches-pains-balm-recipe/

      It works wonderfully, but it can be a little complex and expensive to make. A more affordable salve that I just love (and I’ve had so many people send in great feedback too!) is dandelion salve:
      http://thenerdyfarmwife.com/dandelion-salve-recipe/

      Another option: You could use some ginger oil as a base and tinker around and add essential oils and perhaps a highly effective additive like tamanu oil and make up your own perfect salve! I have about a zillion salve combo ideas floating around in my brain, just not enough time or ingredients to make them all. The options for customization are almost limitless! :)

  36. Melissa Ross says:

    What a Doll!! ~ such a quick response…Thank you so much ~ I will definitely try some of these. :)

  37. RITA says:

    IM LIGHT HEADED WOULD GINGER HELP THANK YOU

    • Jan says:

      Hi Rita, It depends on the cause of your lightheadedness & how long it’s been going, but ginger isn’t really the best treatment for that. If you’re feeling that way a lot, then it might be a good idea to have a checkup to rule out blood pressure or other problems. I sure hope you feel better soon!

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