Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments: Tummy Troubles

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A syrup made with ginger root is a great way to stimulate 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)

Directions

  • 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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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. 

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