I'd like to take a moment to share a really great, practical recipe that everyone should have on hand, especially if you have IBS, are pregnant and having morning sickness, or are simply susceptible to getting colds.
I have struggled with IBS for the past few years, and as an adventurous eater, I have to say that is has been one of the most emotionally difficult maladies to bear. I can eat few things without enduring some level of discomfort, but since I have taken to drinking this tonic almost daily I have felt significantly improved.
Ginger root been used for centuries in the East as not only a flavorful addition to food but also as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and also possesses antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of cancer.
I used this recipe a lot when I lived back in Baltimore. I lived in a drafty old 1840's mill house and got colds regularly. Rest and a few hot mugs full of my spicy, sweet ginger tonic got me back on my feet faster than you can say "honeybee".
Please give this simple and inexpensive recipe a try! It's makes for a great mixer if you fancy an after dinner drink and is delicious either hot or chilled. I think that many of you will find that it's healing properties are truly no joke!
Healing Ginger Tonic with Cardamom and Honey
(Makes 6-8 servings)
1 large segment of fresh Ginger root (1/4 lb. approximately), sliced thinly
8 whole Cardamom pods
1 tsp. whole Black Peppercorns
approximate 8 cups of cold water
1/4 cup of raw, local honey
-Fill a 8 qt. stock pot with cold water, sliced ginger root, cardamom and peppercorns.
-Place on the stove over low/medium heat, covered for between 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how potent you'd like the tonic to be.
-Once cooked to your preference, allow to cool, strain into a container with an air tight lid.
- Add honey and shake or stir until dissolved.
- You can enjoy it now with a wedge of lemon or refrigerate until ready to serve.