It’s superb for treating:
- stomach ache
- motion sickness
- discomfort from overeating
- colds & flu when chills and congestion are among the symptoms
It’s anti-viral so also great for taking as a preemptive measure if you’ve been exposed to a stomach flu or other particularly nasty bug.
Making this syrup couldn’t be simpler!
First, we need to make a strong ginger tea. To do so, place 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger (or around a tablespoon of freshly chopped & peeled ginger) into a heat proof glass jar or other suitable container. (You can vary these amounts according to taste preference.)
I buy my powdered ginger from either Mountain Rose Herbs or the Bulk Herb Store (affiliate links) for substantial savings and unparalleled freshness, but you may be able to find a high quality, organic brand at your local health store as well. Fresh ginger root is often found in the produce section of your local supermarket.
Pour around 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of simmering hot water over the ginger and then cover with a saucer. Let this steep until it’s comfortably cool enough to handle, or at least 20 to 30 minutes.
Strain, then measure out two to three times as much raw honey, as you have tea.
Gently stir the honey and tea together while the tea is still warm.
Pour into a sterilized jar. This should keep for about a month, if stored in your refrigerator. To extend the shelf life by several months, stir vodka or brandy into the mixture before refrigerating. (Suggested ratio is 3 to 4 tablespoons of high proof alcohol per cup of syrup you wish to preserve.)
Dosing is: 1 to 2 teaspoons for children or 1 tablespoon for adults, given up to five times per day if needed.
Important: This is a great home remedy for the occasional case of queasiness or stomach bug, but if you develop persistent symptoms or serious signs of illness, you should seek the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. If you are: on prescription medications (especially blood thinners), pregnant, or nursing; check with a medical professional before treating your symptoms with this or any other herbal preparation.
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