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Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments: Tummy Troubles

Add this ginger decoction to your arsenal of digestion remedies.



November/December 2016

  • Ginger Root
    A syrup made with ginger root is a great way to stimulate digestion.
    Photo by Fotolia/Silvy78
  • Ginger Root

This blend is excellent for those experiencing indigestion, nausea and other gastrointestinal distresses. It's beneficial taken before or after meals to assist in digestion. 

Ingredients:

• 1 cup fresh ginger root
• 6 whole cinnamon sticks
• 2 cups water
• 1 cup sugar or honey
Optional
• Brandy or ginger tincture (1/4 of bottle space)

Instructions:

Herb Concentrate Method: Decoction

Medicinal Potential

Ginger: Assists in alleviating nausea and stimulates the digestive system

Cinnamon: Acts as a digestive aid, alleviates stomach upset and discomfort, and helps balance blood sugar. 

Notes

Ginger and cinnamon should be used in moderation; considered "hot" herbs according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, high doses may cause irritation. 

Ginger should be avoided by anyone who suffers from stomach ulcers.

Cinnamon has blood-thinning effects. Use precaution and speak with your doctor before using it in conjunction with blood-thinning drugs. 

Read more about herbal medicines for common illnesses in Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments.


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