Today my sweet friend, Sarah, called me while I was at work. Poor thing was so utterly sick and couldn’t get anyone to answer their phone. She needed something to remedy her nausea and puking. She was siiiiiick.
She said she came home from work early and immediately following was the stomach flu. Thankfully, I have a wonderful boss who lets me take time away from the office for times like these and I ran to the grocery store.
I finally found some Dramamine – the oddest part was that there was two different kinds of it. The regular ‘ol Dramamine and then a “natural” one with a brown label, naturally….
Because Dramamine was what Sarah specifically requested, I was sure to buy not the “natural” buy the original brand.
While I was staring at the isle of pharmaceuticals and trying to make a decision, I began to feel more and more empathy for her. I was realizing that no matter what I get, she’ll likely take it and be given it right back, if you know what I mean :|.
It was then that I remembered that ginger would do it. She wouldn’t have to swallow and therefore waste it by throwing it back up but it’d curb the nausea just by her at least chewing on it.
You should have seen her face when while handing her the grocery bag with meds, saying goodbye, and wishing her well soon, I told her, “Oh yeah… and there is ginger in that bag too.”
Oh Sarah, she knows me well. I’m surprised she didn’t guess I would bring her something hippy. 😉
I also thought she knew about ginger (but its okay if you don’t). I was so glad I bought it then! I briefly explained that she could chew on it and she’d feel much less nausea.
That story there leads me here, wanting to share that you may not have to go through pill after pill just to toss them back up and leaving you in despair. Instead you can chew ginger…
Cool thing about ginger is you can crystallize it, store it properly, and have it on hand when needed. These also make great gifts for those friends that have motion sickness, morning sickness, and/or a queasy tummy.
Crystallized Ginger Chews
1 1/2 cups fresh peeled gingerroot
Fine rapadura to match the weight of cooked ginger (can substitute sugar)
Thinly slice gingerroot
Put ginger in a saucepan and cover with water enough to allow for evaporation. Boil partly covered with lid for 1 hour. The ginger should be slightly cooked.
Drain pan and weigh ginger. Return to saucepan with equal amount rapadura.
Add 2 Tbs water, bring to boil, then simmer over medium heat, stirring for 20 minutes or until ginger is transparent.
Reduce heat and keep stirring until ginger starts to crystallize and clumps together.
Take a large baking pan and sprinkle rapadura on it. Roll ginger around in rapadura.
Place in an airtight sterilized jar.
Chew on a piece whenever you are nauseus
Keeps in a cool place for 3 to 6 months