A few days ago my sister had surgery and I had to put my nurse hat on. Like many patients after surgery, she had dry mouth, excessive thirst, and was nauseous from the anesthesia.
Just before leaving the medical facility, the nurse gave her ginger ale to drink, advising it will settle her stomach. 👎 Here are the ingredients in the ginger ale: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural flavors and caramel color. Not exactly my idea of a healing beverage, let alone the lack of true ginger in it.
When we got home, she was still very nauseous, thirsty and afraid to eat for fear of vomiting.
Anticipating this outcome, the day before her surgery, I whipped up my Happy Tummy Popsicles. The ingredients are specifically designed for any type of stomach upset, detox, and fighting infection.
👉Ginger as you may know, has been proven to be better at relieving nausea than over the counter medications. It’s also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation.
👉Lemon, naturally rich in vitamin C, helps balance your body’s pH and supports the liver.
👉Chamomile tea is great for soothing the stomach and helps to stimulates the immune system.
👉Manuka honey has natural antibacterial qualities and immune enhancing benefits.
These popsicles are a perfect solution for any loved one who is sick, recovering from surgery or for kids who want a great tasting popsicle with a healthy nutritional punch.
And if popsicles are hard to eat for your loved one lying in bed, you can make shaved ice chips instead, by simply pouring the ginger tea liquid in a bowl, freezing, and scraping with a fork after frozen. Nothing will taste better! Cold, hydrating, stomach soothing and infection fighting.
.5 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (about a 1-inch piece)
2 cups filtered water
2 chamomile tea bags
4 tsp Manuka honey
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Add ginger and water to small covered saucepan and bring to simmer. Remove from heat, add tea bags and let sit covered for about 15 minutes.
Pour liquid into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup through a fine strainer and let cool until liquid reaches at least 95 degrees or less. Mix in lemon juice and Manuka honey.
Pour mixture into ice popsicle molds and freeze for at least 30-45 min.
*You can also make shaved ice chips instead of popsicles by pouring liquid mixture into a glass bowl, freezing for 30 min, and then scraping frozen mixture with a fork.