Tomorrow is a big day here in Louisiana. It’s Mardi Gras! Millions of people will be out in crowds yelling “Throw me something, Mister!” To many people that sounds like fun but all I see is a perfect setting for colds and flu and many other germs to spread. So here is a recipe that will help boost your immunity, aid your upset stomach and nausea caused by too much eating and drinking that will also go on. You can use this syrup as a medicinal aid by taking one teaspoon as needed or add it to your tea. For added benefits, you can even add some lemon or cinnamon. I prefer this recipe since the honey replaces the two cups of sugar normally used in a simple syrup. As you know, honey has medicinal benefits unlike sugar making it much healthier to use. Just remember, honey is NOT to be used for children under two years old.
Ginger Simple Syrup
1. Chop fresh ginger into ½ inch pieces.
2. Pour 2 cups of water into a saucepan.
3. Add chopped ginger.
4. Add a teaspoon of lemon and/or cinnamon stick if using. (optional)
5. Simmer on medium for an hour (stir occasionally).
6. Strain ginger out.
7. Add a cup of agave (or honey). Do NOT use honey for children 2 and under.
8. Place lid and allow cool until syrup is room temperature.
9. Pour in a jar and use as needed.
Ginger: High in gingerol, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Aids in indigestion, nausea, motion sickness and fight infections just to name a few.
Honey: Polyphenol compound found in honey may prevent heart disease. Antioxidants protect from free radicals, aids in healing, relieves sore throat, and a potent prebiotic.
Lemon: Antioxidant properties. High in vitamin C, aids in producing collagen, boost the immune system, relieves asthma symptoms, lowers blood pressure.
Cinnamon: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. Aids in fighting infections and viruses and that’s just the tip of what it can do.
Such a simple remedy to keep your loved ones healthy any time of the year. Especially when you are going to be around large crowds such as Mardi Gras. If you are going to celebrate Mardi Gras tomorrow, then please stay safe and stay well. As we say in New Orleans, Laissez les bon temps rouler!!! (Let the good times roll).
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