Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Home Remedies for an Upset Stomach using Ginger and Lemon

 If you have neither of these remedy ingredients: fresh (lemon or ginger)
it is possible to substitute one drop per 8 oz glass of liquid of therapeutic grade essential oils instead, but if you have it, fresh is better.

Ginger & Soda Remedy;
This is my personal family tradition. Whenever someone in my household came down with an upset stomach, my Mother would brew up a pot of her homemade ginger tea. This relates to and is based on the well known fact that the soda ginger ale is a naturally soothing to the stomach and can help calm nausea. The main ingredient in ginger ale that soothes the stomach is of course the natural ginger root, so it makes sense to go to the source!

Here is the recipe. You take a whole fresh ginger root and peel off the skin to help release the natural enzymes, minerals and flavor. Boil a pot of hot water in a medium saucepan. 4-6 cups of water is good and will make a decent pot from one ginger root. Place the ginger root in the water before it is boiled and bring the water and ginger root to a rolling boil together for a minimum of 10 minutes. Usually closer to 20 minutes is better, but if you're stomach is aching and you need relief quick, 10 will do just fine. The longer you brew the tea, the more potent the mix will be. Ginger is strong and you do not need to over do it. Often when I had an upset stomach, my mother would boil for 10 minutes, poor me a cup and let the rest boil for another 10 minutes or so, so while waiting I could drink a cup.

If you have club soda in the house, you can mix a small portion of club soda into your more potent ginger brew mix to create a carbonated homemade ginger tea remedy and what you would recognize as a homemade ginger ale. This is a great mix because the bubbles in the carbonation also helps to ease a sore stomach. Sometimes drinking a carbonated substance can help release bodily gasses through burps and can also help cut through harsh stomach acids that often make you feel queasy or bloated. Don't overdue it on the carbonation though, the ginger is more than enough to soothe and calm your stomach.

Lemon Recipe:
This drink contains lemon juice squeezed from fresh lemons, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water. The combination of these ingredients offer everything you need to get a complete set of nutrients and minerals and because of this actually give you enough supplemental value that you could live off of this combo for up to month with drinking water alone. It is actually a common safe fast recipe (along with drinking plenty of water), however I do not suggest trying this fast at all, especially for an upset stomach. We just use the recipe around the house to help cure an upset stomach or replacement a meal when you are feeling to nauseous to eat.

Maple Syrup is packed full of important nutrients and mineral, while the cayenne pepper has the strength to cut through any stomach acids, throat phlegm or mucus that may be upsetting your stomach. Lemons acts as a natural PH balancing food when entered into the body even though lemons themselves are an acidic based unit; when digested they neutralize your PH levels. All of these items mixed together are a combo that can help cure many stomach aching ailments or at least help soothe and get you back on the road to recovery.

Here is the recipe. You can mix this recipe in an 8 or 12 ounce glass or multiply the ingredients to a fair mix for a larger juice jug or pitcher full of this homemade remedy. I actually quite enjoy the taste of this drink, as I it was a comfort to me when I was sick as a child, and I find you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome in flavor and calming and healing properties.

In a 8-12 oz. glass mix 2 tbsp of maple syrup, a good pinch of cayenne pepper and half to one whole lemon juice freshly squeezed. Mix with warm water to help break down the ingredients and combust the minerals into a soluble mixture. You can drink this remedy either hot or cold and which ever way you choose it tastes great.

I prefer the warm drink when I have an upset stomach caused from nausea or diarrhea. When suffering from an upset stomach from a cold or mild food poisoning I usually prefer this remedy cooler. I find that both the hot and cold remedies have heat sensitive healing properties in the right kind of upset stomach.


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