Health Benefits of Ginger and a Recipe for Ginger Simple Syrup

As promised when I embarked on my apprenticeship as an herbalist this past fall at The Herbal Academy of New England, I am sharing yet another wonderful concoction with you from my studies. This is from Unit Three which focuses on the alimentary (digestive) system and is a recipe for Ginger Simple Syrup that I think you'll enjoy.

I happen to love ginger and cook with it often. Common in Thai cuisine, ginger is generally thought of in conjunction with nausea - drinking ginger ale has long been a recommended course of treatment -but ginger is also an anti-spasmodic, so it aids in lessening uterine and other muscle cramps. Additionally, ginger is an anti-inflammatory and circulatory system stimulant. Ginger and other herbs rich in aromatic oils that aid in digestion, including chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, mint, sage and thyme, are especially helpful when taken after meals.

Due to the recent cold snap and needing to spend time outdoors caring for our animals, I thought that stimulating my circulatory system was in order, since better blood flow to the extremities means staying warmer and having a lesser chance of contracting frostbite. This ginger simple syrup can be added to a nice hot cup of tea, which is my preferred after-chore winter beverage.

Ginger can also be used in your chickens' diet for similar reasons - their circulation is very important also especially in the winter. Try sprinkling some dried ginger over their feed or mixing dried or fresh grated into some cooked oats or scrambled eggs for them. You can also steep some fresh chopped ginger in hot water for the chickens also as described below, just leave out the honey in their 'tea'.

Ginger Simple Syrup


3 ounces of fresh ginger, chopped
3 cups of water
1 cup of honey


Bring ginger to a boil in a saucepan in the 3 cups water. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to just warm. Strain, pressing down on the ginger to extract as much liquid as possible. Whisk in honey (add a bit more if you want a thicker syrup), then pour into mason jar and refrigerate.

-simmer chopped ginger in water-
-strain out solids-
-whisk in honey-
Drink syrup as is or pour into a cup of tea or water. Dose: One tablespoon to 1 ounce at a time to aid digestion, cramps and circulation.

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  1. This sounds yummy! I wonder if it would be good on pancakes? I do enjoy ginger - we drank it in some tea yesterday morning and put it in our eggrolls last night.

  2. Oh I bet it would! I love ginger too. I will have to try that.

  3. Yum!! I'm totally making a batch of this soon to add to teas! I bet it would be great in iced tea too (my fav)!!

    KK @

    1. Oh yum! Yes in iced tea I bet it would be awesome too!

  4. Sounds wonderful! I just wanted to tell you I love your blog! I do want to look into the Herbal Academy of New England! Sounds like it's right up my alley!

    1. Oh thank you! I have really been enjoying the course! I love mixing up all these yummy healthy concoctions! I'm not even halfway through the course yet but I would say its well worth the investment.

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  6. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try!

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