Honey by itself is already well known for it numerous benefits. But in addition to honey, adding in ginger and consuming it, is an amazingly beneficial combination and has been used over the years. Honey has antioxidant properties and ginger contains the bioactive compound called gingerol, which contributes majorly to the medicinal properties of ginger giving it an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.
Benefits of consuming honey and ginger together:
For cough and cold: Honey can help thin the mucus build up, that blocks the nasal passageway that can lead to upper respiratory tract infections. Ginger can help reduce inflammation of the airway.
For cardiac (heart) health: It can be useful in preventing blood clots and to reduce cholesterol, in turn helping to fight heart diseases where clotting of blood takes place. It can also ease blood vessel tension, thereby reducing blood pressure and the chances of getting conditions like atherosclerosis (substance buildup in the arteries), heart attacks and stroke.
Helps with indigestion and in other stomach related problems: It acts as a good digestive aid and can also treat gastric ailments like bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea etc and it can also help improve the microbial balance in the gut.
PMS relief: It is one of the oldest natural remedies for nausea, cramps and other PMS related issues. You can mix Honey and Ginger in hot water and drink that beverage to ease PMS symptoms.
Headache Remedy – A cup of warm ginger tea with honey will give you quick relief from a migraine.
Natural Pain Killer – Ginger and honey have anti-inflammatory properties that will act as a natural pain killer to give you relief from stomach ache, sore throat and other common ailments.
Helps promote weight loss: It can help suppress one’s appetite and can promote weight loss because of the reduced number of calories as the food consumption is lesser. READ MORE – SUNFLOWER SEEDS to boost immunity, healthy skin and more
1. Honey Ginger Tea for general health and weight loss:
- 1 cup of water
- 1.5 inch of freshly sliced ginger
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- ½ tbsp lemon juice (optional)
In a heating pot, add in one cup of water and let it come to a boil, then add in the freshly sliced ginger and honey and let it simmer for 15 minutes on low flame, while covering the pot with lid. Then turn off the flame and strain the mixture into a glass and add in the lemon juice if you wish to. Stir it well and it is ready to consume.
2. Honey Ginger homemade chewable candy which can be used to soothe a cough or cold:
- 5 two inch pieces of ginger
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- Juice of half a lemon
Remove the skin of the ginger and grind it into a fine paste. In a heating pot, add in the sugar, water and ginger and let the sugar start to melt while stirring from time to time, on medium flame. When the liquid mixture starts to boil and foam up, add in the lemon, honey and cinnamon powder and stir for a few more minutes on medium flame. Then do a consistency test* to see whether the liquid mixture is ready to be removed. Then when it is at the right consistency, turn off the flame. Let it cool for a few minutes, but not completely. On a sheet of butter paper placed on a tray, you can pour small droplets next to each other and leave it to harden. Once it hardens, drizzle with powdered sugar, remove and store it in a container.
For the consistency test:
After the mixture has boiled completely and foamed up, while you leave the mixture on low or medium flame, take a bowl of water and drop in a four to five drops of the liquid mixture into the water. After a few seconds, with your finger remove that mixture from the water and try to roll it into a ball. If it forms a ball into sticky consistency, you can turn off the flame.
3. Honey Ginger syrup for as a daily herbal tonic:
- 2 big pieces of ginger
(As big as the size of your hand)
- 1 cup of honey
Skin the ginger and slice it. In a glass jar add 1/4 cup of sliced ginger along with 1 cup of raw honey. Storage container and keep it in your refrigerator. You can consume a teaspoon full like daily tonic or when you suffer from cold or cough. You can also add a teaspoon of this syrup in a cup of warm water and have it in the morning. READ MORE – HOT TOWEL THERAPY to get rid of several hair problems