Ginger is one of the best natural remedies out there to treat a whole range of digestive complaints. So if you have an upset stomach, instead of relying on tummy soothing drugs, make ginger your go-to natural and safe remedy.
Ginger has anti-inflammation properties, which is why it works like a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is just as effective as an ibuprofen capsule and/or an aspirin tablet. Aside from slowing associated biochemical pathways, it promotes circulation as well. Ginger also contains shogaols and gingerols, which are natural chemicals that relax the intestinal tract.
How to Use Ginger for Upset Stomach
There are different ways to use ginger for treating an upset stomach.
Eat it raw
If you can bear its strong taste you can get a piece of raw ginger and munch on it after your meal. You can eat one gram a day. If you do not like the taste of fresh ginger, you can take it in the form of tea, ginger ale or tincture.
Make ginger candy
You can even turn ginger into candy and chew on it. Just take a piece of ginger root and slice it into tiny pieces. Then, dip these tiny ginger pieces into some honey. Get some ghee or clarified butter and heat it in a skillet for three to five minutes. When the butter is ready, you can cook the ginger-honey slices with it. Afterward, transfer the cooked ginger slices to a cookie sheet and wait for them to cool and harden for 30 to 40 minutes.
Another way to make crystalized or candied ginger is to take two pieces of ginger and cut them into thin slices. In a pot of water, add some raw sugar and the ginger slices. Bring everything to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes. Let cool, drain, and refill the pot with fresh water. Add more sugar and bring everything to a boil once more. Lower the heat and simmer for another 20 minutes. Let cool and for the third time, add more sugar and bring everything to a boil. Stir the ginger slices, lower the heat, and simmer for half an hour. When the liquid is thick enough, turn off the heat. Let the ginger slices cool and dry on a rack for seven to 10 hours. Finally, coat them with some extra sugar (optional). You can keep them in an airtight container and put them in the refrigerator.
If you do not have the time to make your own candied gingers, you can buy some from your local health store or grocery store. You can also order from online stores that sell them. Regular ginger intake helps to cure recurring stomach problems.
Another way to use ginger for upset stomach is to drink it. You need some ginger juice, salt, and lemon juice. Take two teaspoons of ginger juice, one teaspoon of lemon juice, and some salt. You can either use black salt, Himalayan pink or good quality sea salt. Simply combine all ingredients in a container. You can drink it in pure form or add some water.
If you like tea better than juice, you can make some ginger tea. Take 1 small thumb of ginger and slice it up or use half a teaspoon of ground ginger and put it in a cup of hot water. Stir well and steep for three to five minutes. You can add honey to make it sweeter. You should drink ginger tea twice a day to treat upset stomach.
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