Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Elixtacular! Raw Ginger and Honey



An elixir of two potent ingredients could possibly be lurking in the corner of your pantry. If you're not common herbal remedies user, you'll be happy to know how simple ginger honey is to make!

Ginger is commonly grown and produced in India. The part typically used is the rhizome or the root. Historically, ginger's value was tremendous medicinally and economically. It's been said that a pound of ginger was worth the value of a single sheep.(1) Ginger is culturally used to "warm" the stomach by diverse cultures across the globe for centuries. Its digestive benefits have been well known for just as long. What is utterly fascinating is that ginger's aphrodisiac-qualities have been written about for thousands of years by the Chinese and Indian societies!(2)  

‘Eat ginger and you will love and be loved as in your youth.’ - Medival Medical School of Salerno

Because ginger has been widely cultivated, used, and studied for centuries, its reported list of benefits could single-handily fill a book, nonetheless, here's a short list.

Colds and Flus
*Inflammation
*Cardiovascular Support
*Nausea(3)

Sweet, Sweet Honey

A good herbalist is never without raw, unfiltered honey! Honey - a sweet, golden liquid that has tantalizing tongues for centuries. Honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and high in antioxidants. Its sweet taste is a healthy replacement for sugar compared to artificial, chemical sweeteners, which can carry the risk of unhealthy side effects.

The combination of raw ginger and honey is truly potent during colds and flu. As raw ginger plant energetic is warming, it moves, circulates blood. Taking raw ginger honey can soothe coughs and sore throats. You can squeeze fresh lemon and mix it with the elixir for a good shot of immune support throughout your cold.

Honey Ginger Cough & Throat Syrup

Ingredients:
One medium organic fresh ginger root- peeled and sliced
Organic, raw honey
A glass jar with a wide mouth and lid.

To make ginger honey there are no exact measurements or rules. Just keep in mind that if you use more ginger than honey, your elixir will more gingery (spicy) than sweet. Choose a good, unblemished, organic ginger root and peel the skin. Slice the root and set aside. Use a medium, wide-mouth glass jar to store your elixir. Honey should organic, preferably raw, for maximum nutrient content. Raw honey is usually thick and unflowing. Some recipes suggest heating up the honey for pourability, but I prefer to avoid heat to keep the nutrients intact. There's a trick you can use to keep your honey off the heat.

Place the sliced ginger and honey alternative in the jar to the top. Top it off with honey, cap and wait. The juice from the ginger will thin the honey out enough. At this point, you can just shake the jar to mix it. Once the honey is thinned out, you can pretty much use it right away!

How to Use

Use a teaspoon for coughs and sore throats. Every one to two hours. Keep un-refrigerated (honey is a natural preservative) in a dark cupboard and use within a week. Take care not to over consume ginger if you're particularly sensitive to ginger's warm (when raw) and drying qualities.

Raw Ginger Honey and Lemon Elixir



One of my favorite ways to use ginger honey is with freshly squeezed lemon! Simply use as much lemon to your preference and mix with a tablespoon of GH. It is good for an immune support booster as well as a daily weight loss support.

Candied Ginger

Finally, when you've used up all of your luxurious liquid gold (2 to 4 days), bake the leftover ginger for a cough drop or sore throat soother. Or use when experiencing nausea.

Ingredients:
Sliced, Honeyed Ginger
Parchment Paper
Cookie Sheet

Pre-heat the oven at the lowest temp. -  170 degrees. Place the sliced ginger on the parchment paper, on the cookie sheet bake and bake until tan or brown.

Ginger will harden when it cools. Store in a cool, dark cupboard.

How do you use ginger and honey?



Sources: 
1 - http://www.herballegacy.com/Whitney_History.html
2 - http://www.cleveland.com/insideout/index.ssf/2014/02/for_better_sex_eat_these_sexy.html
3 - https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php

Disclaimer:
This article is presented in an informational format and has not been evaluated by the FDA. Any information presented here should thoroughly be researched by the reader and should not be used to treat, cure or diagnose any dieseases. Please see your medical advisor prior to making any changes to your diet or lifestyle. 

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