Saturday, September 02, 2006

Winter's Medicine

The past few days have been fall like......and the back to school energy has made me looks into our medicine cabinet and see what we need to prepare in terms of winter medicine

Ginger glycerite is something that you will want to always have around once you use it once!! It it is delicious drank hot and cold and is a strong antioxidant to boost. Ginger also calms a queasy stomach and aids in digestion as well.

Hot ginger tea with lemon is a perfect pick to help ward off colds and flues. It is also a perfect pick when you are looking for a warm comforting beverage to hug in a mug while you curl up with a good book and a blanket or a family board game.

Ginger glycerite served with sparkling water, ice, fresh lime or lemon and lots of ice is as much refreshing as it is good for you.

To Make Fresh Ginger Glycerite:

Fresh Ginger, organic if possible, washed like a potato (peel if not organic)
Vegetable Glycerin *
*may be found at natural markets such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats or herb shops such as or on the West coast Mountain Rose Herbs. It is important to make sure it does not say “for cosmetic use only” on the bottle.


Use a 1:1 ratio of fresh ginger to glycerin. If you are wanting to make 16 oz, then start with 2 cups of chopped ginger (a large bulky chop) and 16 oz of food grade glycerin. Put them into a blender or food processor and pulse until the ginger is well minced.

Put mixture into a glass jar that has a tight fitting lid. Label it and date it. Let it sit 4 weeks, shake it a few times a week. Strain it and bottle it, and do not forget to label it.

Hot Ginger Tea
Mix 2 tablespoons, or to taste, with 6 oz of hot water. Squeeze fresh lemon or lime wedge in it. Stir and adjust to your taste. Enjoy.

Iced Fresh Ginger Ale
Mix 2-3 Tablespoons with 8-10 oz of sparkling water over ice. Add a good squeeze of fresh lemon or lime. Adjust to your taste. Garnish with lemon or lime slices.

A Great medicine for kids and adults!

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