DIY Homemade Ginger Solutions
It’s easy to reap the health benefits of ginger. These three amazing ginger products can be made at home and are inexpensive too!
Ginger tea tastes great and has a soothing aroma perfect for post-spa sessions and after-dinner relaxation.
A cup of hot ginger tea relieves the pain and discomfort from sore throats and clogged noses, and is a comforting drink to have when ill, stressed, or just feeling out of sorts.
A recommended part of Ayurvedic morning cleansing routines, ginger tea is thought to flush out toxins and restore warmth to the body.
It is also supposed to reduce your craving for sweet and salty foods. Some health practitioners suggest drinking a cup of ginger tea before every meal and eating the ginger in the tea to prevent post-meal digestive problems.
What you will need:
- 4 to 6 slices of fresh ginger
- 1 to 2 cups of water
- Honey, stevia, or some other sweetener (optional)
- Lemon (optional)
Instructions for making your ginger tea:
- First, make sure that your ginger is fresh and plump, not tough and shriveled. If the peel is too dry and wrinkled, the ginger has been in storage for too long. The inside will be woody and will be lacking in flavor.
- If your ginger is very fresh, you can opt not to peel it. Simply grate an inch or two off your ginger into a tea cup.
- You can also peel the ginger with a spoon or a paring knife and then chop it thinly until you have about three ounces of sliced ginger.
- Pour boiling water over the ginger.
- Let the tea steep for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Strain the ginger pieces out or let them settle at the bottom of the cup.
- Add honey, stevia, or agave nectar to your liking. Squeeze in some fresh lemon. Stir.
- Enjoy your cup of tea!
Ginger oil has so many uses! As a massage oil, it leaves a gently warming sensation perfect for aching joints, sore muscles, upset stomachs, and menstrual cramps. It can also be used by breastfeeding moms suffering from blocked ducts – just don’t get any on your nipple; your baby might not like the taste!
Ginger oil can also be used as a salve and moisturizer. Add it to some very hot water and inhale the steam to unclog your nose and relieve flu symptoms. Add it to your bath water for a relaxing soak. If you use a high-quality edible oil, you can even add it to your salad!
There are different ways to make ginger oil.
One is to combine the ginger and a carrier oil and cook the mixture in the oven for a few hours.
However, because fresh ginger contains a lot of moisture, cooking it in a crock pot can be a more effective technique.
Remember, the more moisture in your ginger oil, the more likely it is that mold will grow. Letting the ginger oil cook over a couple of days gives all the moisture in your ginger enough time to completely evaporate – and your house will smell divine!
What you will need:
- 2 cups of fresh ginger
- 3 cups of oil (olive, sesame, jojoba, coconut, or palm)
- An oven-safe bowl or crock pot
- Muslin or cheesecloth and rubber bands
- Another bowl
- A clean jar with a tight lid or a vial
- A clean funnel
Instructions for making your ginger oil:
- f you’re using the oven technique, combine the oil and the ginger in an oven-safe bowl and let it cook on low heat for a couple of hours.
- After, cover the top of a clean bowl with cheesecloth or muslin. Strain the ginger-oil mixture through the cloth. Try to squeeze all the oil out with your hands.
- Transfer the ginger oil into a vial, put the lid on tightly, and label the vial with the date. The ginger oil should keep for around six months if kept in a cool, dark place.
- If you’re using the crock pot technique, put the oil and the ginger in your crock pot and leave it on the lowest heat setting for a couple of days. Don’t let the mixture burn or boil. Keep the lid slightly ajar to let the moisture evaporate.
- Strain the oil mixture into a bowl. Let it sit for a day.
- Transfer the ginger oil into vials or mason jars and label them.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger make it extra useful for the skin.
Ginger helps get rid of redness and puffiness, diminishes the appearance of scars and blemishes, and helps reduce wrinkles. The oil used in this recipe moisturizes the skin and helps keep acne away.
Because the skin (our largest organ!) so quickly absorbs anything and everything we put on it, try to use all-natural products to make this scrub.
What you will need:
- Coconut oil
- Turbinado sugar
- Coarsely chopped ginger
- Cold-pressed oil
- Kosher salt
- Essential oil
Instructions for making your ginger-infused scrub:
- Infuse the coconut oil with ginger by cooking both over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and strain it through a sieve or cheesecloth into a bowl.
- Working quickly so the oil doesn’t cool and solidify, add the cold-pressed oil and stir until the whole thing cools down to room temperature.
- Add the sugar and the salt. Stir some more.
- If desired, add a drop or two of essential oil.
- Put the scrub in a glass jar and cover it tightly.
Ginger is a miracle herb that imparts its magic when eaten, drank, inhaled, or slathered onto the skin. This humble-looking and often overlooked plant is so easy to cultivate and is so worth keeping in the house or in the garden.
So what are you waiting for? Grow your own ginger plant now!
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