Ginger has been long associated as a remedy for upset stomachs, in fact it has been used in Asia as such for thousands of years. According to WebMD, studies have found that ginger also lessened menstrual cramps, and helped reduce the nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness in pregnant women. In the US, ginger ale is commonly used in an attempt to alleviate a stomach ache, but here is the list of Canada Dry Ginger Ale ingredients:
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural flavors, caramel color
Since every other ingredient on that list is questionable, I’ve found it is better to make tea with real ginger root, and bypassing the lab created chemicals altogether and getting a more potent dose of soothing ginger. Since pure ginger tea can be a bit strong, I add lemon and honey for taste. Here’s how to make ginger tea:
Ginger root (about 1 Tbl per cup)
A couple thin slices of lemon (1-2 per cup)
Honey to taste (I add 1/2 tsp per cup)
Finely chop ginger and place with other ingredients in a french press, add boiling water and let steep for at least 10-20 min, longer if you want your tea stronger. Strain and enjoy.