Ginger turned out to be perhaps the most popular herb/spice of our summer Herbal Medicine fun- you can’t go wrong with children if you make cookies with them (or adults for that matter) AND have them stick their feet into a warm ginger ‘Tootsie Bath”! Ginger is known for it’s digestive assistance- it can ease an upset tummy, gas, cramps or heartburn with a simple ginger tea. The Kid’s Herb Book suggests simmering three slices or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger in a cup of water for 10 minutes in a covered pot. Turn off the heat and let it cool for 15 minutes then enjoy drinking!
Ginger has a heating quality to it- nice to know for cold winter days and the colds and coughs that too often accompany them. On Ginger Day we heated ginger water, poured some into tubs and the children took turns taking off their shoes and enjoyed soaking their feet in the fresh herbal water. Needless to say there were many giggles but reports have it –it felt really good! Other herbs can be useful medicinally for footbaths as well- for instance, lemon balm is reputed to break a fever and ease a cold.
We didn’t have time to make a ginger fizzy ale since ginger cookies were high on the list, so if you are so inclined- bring I teaspoon fresh grated ginger root and 1 cup of water to a boil, then simmer ,covered, for about 4 minutes. Let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes then strain. Carbonated water can be added along with honey or sugar to taste- there you have it- enjoy!