Back home, in olden days, we rarely visit the doctor office. Very common cold, cough, stomach upset are treated with home remedies- known as "Patti (Granny) Kai (Hand) Vaithyam (cure)".
Now every nook, you see a pharmacy even 24 hours Apollo is available in many city! Glad in one way sad in other side! At the same time, many sweet shops/ hotels/restaurant mushroomed everywhere. The sweet shops are crowded "always", restaurant- got to wait hours to be grant for a seat!
Lifestyle in India has changed a lot. Consequence, doctors are busy and always full of patients with high cholesterol, diabetics, etc...
In US, patient have access over the counter drugs quiet easily for any type of cause. Only thing, you are amazed and confused of the choice they offer for simple cough! The physician rarely treats with antibiotic for cold, cough and fever. The only rescue other than medication is simple homemade remedy. Below remedies are prepared with simple pantry stuffs, it works like wonder sometimes but not always!
If you try- do it at your own risk- I am neither a physician or healthcare professional. But is commonly known by many Indian ladies this treatment!
The recipe comes from here, but modified to get more sugar syrup!
A three in one recipe.
Ginger is well know spice for cooking around the world. A part from cooking, it has a medicinal use:
Inji murrappa- Incheee Murrabbaaaaaa , a common ginger candy sold in Bus stand /stop in Tamil Nadu. The vendor brings inside the bus and sell the candy. The candied ginger is well known to stop motion sickness, nausea and stimulating salivation. In Western world , sold as crystallized ginger, usually used in baked items, cookies, bread, muffins, etc...
How to select Fresh ginger?
Availability:Go to the nearest Asian grocers.
Check by breaking a piece, should be pale yellow and easy to break!
Look for no mold, wrinkle free and heavy ginger piece.
The younger ginger is less fibrous, you only know when you cut at home !
Remedy: For motion sickness and nausea
Ginger: 5 ounces (approx 1 + 1/4 cups)
Sugar: 1 cup
Water: 1/2 cup
To sprinkle: 2 tbsp sugar
Cooling rack, wax paper
How to peel ginger?
Take a spoon, start scraping with the inside of spoon. Try to scrap with a knive! The peel comes off easily!
Now wash and slice into 1/8 inch with a mandoline or a sharp knife (which is easy- I found)- Don't slice too thin, it will not hold the shape after cooking!
Mix the sugar and sliced ginger together.
Heat the water at low heat. When the water is hot drop the sugar and ginger mix.
Keep the heat in low and stir time to time.
After 20 to 30 minutes, the sugar should turn thick and ginger will be translucent. Switch off the stove.
Lay a piece of wax paper in plate, sprinkle a tbsp of sugar, drop the drained ginger slices sprinkle the rest of sugar (1 tbsp).
Now transfer the sugar coated ginger in cookie rack and let dry at least 6 hours.
Once completely dry , store in air tight container- can be kept for a year in room temperature. But it will disappear very soon.
Ginger sugar: after rolling in sugar the ginger, u will end up with some sugar can be flavored your tea or even any baking goodies.
After fetching all the ginger pieces from the syrup, you will end up with a thick syrup, Add another 1/4 cup of warm water and scrap and the crystallized sugar which formed around the pan.
Now, you can drain or not and store in clean bottle. Keep refrigerate.
Ginger syrup is used to make: Ginger tea, ginger ale.
Remedy: To smooth your throat, relieve your sore throat.
To make a cup of tea:
Favorite tea bag: one tea bag
Water: one cup
Ginger syrup: 1 1/2 tsp
Heat the water at rolling boil, throw the tea bag and let it steep.
Add the syrup and lemon (opti). Drink warm to get a sore throat relief!
Ginger Ale / Ginger beer :
Remedy for: Relieve for indigestion, upset stomach.
Club Soda: one can
Ginger syrup: recipe above
1 part of ginger syrup and 3 part of club soda.
is one of the beverage (non -alcoholic)- I use to drink when I had indigestion, known as "Stomach settler", relieve the upset stomach.
Remedy with Fresh ginger if you don't have time to do the syrup
To relieve the sore throat, stop the dry cough:
A small piece of fresh ginger: Peel, slice, and pound the ginger: Squeeze and take the juice (1 tsp) mix with 1 tsp of honey and swallow!
Caution: too much raw ginger is not good for stomach!
Sending my ginger ale (for indigestion-stomach upset)- Ginger tea (sore throat and cough) to the Home remedies-1 event.