Fall is now upon us which means it is, again, that magical time of year that involves loads and loads of celebrations with friends and family, comfort foods that remind us of our childhoods and holidays past, mulled drinks to keep us warm and, inevitably, upset stomachs from overindulging.
Here's how you make it --
|Ingredients - Fresh Ginger Root, 100 Proof Vodka, Quart Size Mason Jar|
Use a spoon to scrap the skin off of your ginger root. If you've never worked with ginger before, the skin is paper thin and will come off with little to no effort. After your ginger root is peeled, slice it up and place it in your mason jar. I fill my jar about 3/4 way full with ginger slices and cover with with your vodka. NOTE - You could throw the vodka and ginger in a Vitamix or food processor if you wanted. I have never done so because fresh ginger is relatively soft and peeling and slicing provide plenty of surface area.
|All jarred up!|
|Do not forget to leave about an inch of head space!|
|Don't forget to label your tincture!!!!|
Store your tincture in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. Be sure to shake the jar everyday for the first week and check that the ginger is covered by the vodka.
When your 4-6 weeks is up, strain your tincture through cheesecloth or unbleached muslin and store in a dropper bottle such as this....
Eric and I usually take two droppers full as needed either straight or mixed in tea or water. For the kids, we use 1 dropper full.
How it works --
According to The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White, M.D. and Steven Foster, "Ginger stimulates digestions and dispels gas. It also helps move food through the intestinal tract and reduces irritation." Ginger is able to do this due to two chemical constituents, gingerols and shogaols.
The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook by James A. Duke, Ph.D says the following about the actions of gingerols and shogaols, "It's gingerols and shogaols quell stomach upset and gently but effectively encourage the muscle contractions that move food through your intestines. At the same time, oddly enough, they inhibit spasms, curb diarrhea and deter the urge to vomit."
While most resources list ginger are being safe for consumption, the University of Maryland Medical Center list the following precautions and possible interactions:
As always - I am sharing with you things that have worked for my family and friends. While I am passionate about herbalism, natural health and aromatherapy, I am NOT a trained professional. I am not here to diagnose or as a substitute for your primary care provider (PCP). You should discuss all natural treatments with your PCP.
Are you going to make a ginger tincture for your family? Do you already use it? If so, how does it work for you? Let me know in the comments below!
HAVE A GREAT EVENING!
HAVE A GREAT EVENING!