Homemade Ginger Ale

I have always liked the taste and tingle of ginger ale, and have also found it helpful to settle my stomach.

Fresh ginger can help with bloating, gas and that general uncomfortable feeling of being too full. What better way to get real ginger into you than by making your own ginger ale! When you make it yourself, you know and control the ingredients going into it; the ingredients are easy to find and, best of all, it is easy to make.

For the recipe I use one by Kami McBride of LivingAwareness.com. She has two different ways to make your own ginger ale. The first requires a juicer, and if you have one, it is a great way to quickly whip up a batch whenever you want or need it. win_20161201_11_08_53_proThe second method only requires a grater and a pan. This is the recipe I use and I love it.

Watch the video to see both methods. Here are some of my notes:

win_20161201_11_17_13_proAfter you bring the grated ginger to near boil, you let
it soak for 1-2 hours. The longer it soaks, the stronger the flavor will be. For a milder taste, either soak it for about an hour, or use a different ratio of syrup and water when mixing.

Any unflavored fizzy water will work: club soda, seltzer, even fizzy mineral water (although these DO have a taste to them). For more information on the differences, read this article.

I made this in a half batch; keep the proportions the same and it works fine. Likewise, you win_20161201_14_03_07_proshould be able to double it if you need more for a get-together.

I found that a 1/2 batch gives me about 3 servings at the strength I like. So when I make a batch, I freeze about 1/3 of the syrup in ice cube trays, then store the cubes in the freezer. That way I always have some on hand to quickly thaw out and drink. To thaw I place them in a small saucepan over low heat and stir occasionally. I find that when they have melted, they are still a bit cool and ready to drink. KEEP ON EYE ON THEM TO BE SURE THEY DON’T GET TOO HOT AND “COOK” MORE.

Again, you can make a large batch if you want and freeze it. You’ll learn how much syrup (or how many frozen cubes) you’ll need to get the taste you like.

Next step is to grow my own gingerroot to use for this and other recipes. I have a piece planted in a pot; time will tell how it turns out.

I hope you try making your own ginger ale. Please share your thoughts in the comments!

I Can Hear You Now! Removing Ear Wax Build Up

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earI had known for several weeks that wax was building up in my left ear, and that eventually it was going to need to be removed or my hearing would be blocked. (I know this because it happened to me before; in fact about 15 years ago, my hearing was completely blocked. After trying to live with it for several months, I finally went to the doctor and had it cleaned out.)

However, “things” kept getting in the way. (Hurricane Matthew, I’m talking about you!) So when it got pretty stopped up and began ringing, I knew I had to do something.

First, I wanted to stop the ringing until I could get it cleared out. I have read that Helichrysum essential oil is good for reducing tinnitus, but I didn’t have any on hand. I did, however, have Panaway essential oil blend, and one of the ingredients is Helichrysum. I mixed a couple of drops Panaway with a couple of drops of castor oil, and gently rubbed on the inside and outside of my left ear, and on the mastoid bone behind the ear.

Let me be clear: I rubbed it on the inside of my outer ear; I did NOT put it into my ear canal.

Within 5 minutes, the ringing was reduced, and within 30 minutes, it was gone. What a relief!

Then I was able to go about cleaning out my ear. I tipped my head to the right, pulled back on my left ear to open up the canal, and put a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide into my left ear. I stood like that for a minute to let the peroxide begin to dissolve the wax. I then put a cotton ball in my outer ear to keep it in while I prepared the next step.

I heated water in the microwave for about 10 seconds. You want the water to be body temperature, so depending on your microwave, you may need more or less time. I took a syringe (NOT a needle, just the syringe part), I filled it with water, leaned forward over the sink, pulled my left ear back, and squirted the water into my ear. What drained out went into the sink. I repeated this process about 4 times, until the wax was flushed out into the sink. (I wiped the sink out with a paper towel to keep the wax from going down the drain; it could stick to the walls of the pipes and help clog them up!)

Ahhh, that’s much better. I can hear you now!

I tipped my head to the left to drain out any remaining water, then to finish, I put a few drops of DIY Swimmer’s Ear in to help dry it out.

The lesson I learned? I need to do this 1-2 times a year just to clean my ear out BEFORE it gets to be a problem. If I notice my ear blocking up a bit, and I have no symptoms of any kind of nasal infection, I need to be proactive and do this clean out.