Got nausea? Get ginger!

Feb 25, 2010 at 6:12 p.m. ET

Fresh ginger has been used for centuries, particularly in Chinese medicine, as a remedy for nausea due to pregnancy, motion sickness, chemotherapy and other ailments. In addition, ginger can alleviate bloating, heartburn and indigestion.

The next time nausea has you reeling, you can steep ginger slices in hot water for a warm ginger brew or you can soothe your stomach with a glass of homemade ginger ale!

GingerGinger Syrup

Makes 2-1/4 cups

Bitingly hot and sweet, ginger syrup is easy to make and veritably versatile. Use it to make unbeatable ginger ale or swirl it into hot tea for an uplifting sip. Give it a try drizzled on baked goods or ice cream.


12 ounces gingerroot, peeled
3 cups sugar
3 cups water


In a food processor, chop gingerroot until minced. In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, bring ginger, sugar, and water to a boil. Reduce to medium and boil for 45 to 60 minutes or until mixture reaches 216 degrees F. (use a candy thermometer). Place a sieve over a heatproof bowl and pour ginger syrup through the sieve to remove the ginger pulp. Let syrup cool, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

Ginger Ale

Makes 1 serving


2 tablespoons ginger syrup
8 ounces seltzer water or club soda
Ice (optional)


Place syrup in a glass and top with seltzer or club soda. Stir and add ice, if using.

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