1. Contains gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few of its purposes.
The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger. It’s responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties.
Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, according to research. For instance, it may help reduce oxidative stress, which is the result of having an excess amount of free radicals in the body
2. Just 1–1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea, including chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.
3. There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, especially osteoarthritis of the knee.
4. Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.
5. Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
6. Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of pains.
7. There’s some evidence, in both humans and animals, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and blood triglyceride levels.
8. Ginger may help fight harmful bacteria and viruses, which could reduce your risk for infections.
An oxymel that makes a great staple in everyone’s Autumn & Winter medicine cabinet.
You may be wondering what exactly is an oxymel? Luckily, it sounds a lot more complicated that it is!
An oxymel is an old fashioned herbal remedy that has been around for centuries. In its most basic form it is simply a mixture of honey and vinegar, which are both medicinal in their own right.
Oxymels are sometimes called an oxymel elixir, and fire cider is actually a type of oxymel.
Traditionally fire cider consists of 5 ingredients –
fresh ginger, onion, garlic, horse radish and hot peppers – suspended in apple cider vinegar.
You can get creative by adding other ingredients such as citrus, lemons, rosemary, cinnamon, and star anise!
HERBS TO USE IN AN OXYMEL
Most oxymels these days are infused with herbs that will make it even more beneficial. There are many different herbs you can use when making an oxymel.
Many herbs you would use in a tincture could also be used in an oxymel. Some common ones are lemon balm, chamomile, bee balm, mullein, nettles, mint, and dandelion root.
Some great herbs to use in an oxymel for immune support are elderberry, rose hips, echinacea, ginger, garlic, onion, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and cinnamon.
For this recipe, I’m using sage and ginger, which is a combination that I love. Sage is very beneficial for sore throats and coughs, and ginger is a warming immune system stimulant.
Sage and Ginger Oxymel Recipe
You won’t believe how easy it is to make this sage and ginger oxymel recipe!
Sliced fresh ginger in a Wide Mouth Half Pint Jar
Chop some fresh sage and add that to the jar with the ginger
Fill jar to be about 1/4 to 1/3 full of herbs
Add some raw apple cider vinegar to the jar.
This is where you can customize the amounts a bit based on your taste and preferences. I generally fill the jar about halfway with vinegar.
Then add raw honey to the vinegar and herbs to fill the jar. Don’t worry if the honey is thick, the vinegar will help it to dissolve and combine.
Fill the jar as full as you can without overflowing it, as you don’t want too much airspace on the top. This will prevent oxidation, which can make the herbs turn brown.
Then wipe the rim, cap the jar with a lid, and give it a few shakes or place upside down to combine. This is where leak-Proof Storage Lids come in handy!
If you use a metal canning lid be sure to put a piece of parchment paper under it as the vinegar can react to the metal.
Put the oxymel in a cool place out of direct sunlight to infuse for at least a week and up to 30 days. Then strain out the sage and ginger with a fine mesh strainer before using.
It can also be refrigerated for a longer shelf life.
Take a shot anytime you feel a cold/flu coming on
This sage and ginger oxymel can be used in a similar way that you would use elderberry syrup. For adults, take 1-2 tablespoons 2-3 times per day when you feel a sickness coming on.
This oxymel can also be safely taken daily as a preventative. If you use different herbs you will want to do some more research on how often and for what duration of time they can be taken, as all herbs have different properties.
Herbal oxymels are simple and fun to make and are really good for your health. I highly recommend giving this old fashioned herbal remedy a try!
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