Whatever the cause, one of the best and most delicious remedies for nausea is ginger. In a study in 1996 , ginger effectively relieved motion sickness in 75% of cases.
Preparation time : 5 minutes plus
I week fermenting time
For the starter :
- 15 ( 1/2 oz ) dried brewer`s yeast
- 450 ml ( 2/4 pint ) warm water
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons sugar
To feed the `plant`:
- 6 teaspoons ground ginger
- 6 teaspoons sugar
- 750 g ( I 3/4 Ib ) sugar
- 1,2 liters ( 2 pints ) warm water
- juice of 2 lemons
- 3 liters ( 5 pints ) cold water
Place the starter ingredients in a glass jar with a lid.
Stir well cover and put in a warm place, such as a sunny windowsill. Leave for 24 hours then feed daily for 6 days with i teaspoon ground ginger and 1 teaspoon sugar.
After 7 days strain the `plant` through a sieve.
Dissolve the sugar in the warm water in a large bowl or jug. Add the lemon juice, cold water and the liquid from the `plant` and mix well.
Bottle, in corked bottles, for at least seven days to mature. Serve with a sprig of fresh mint or lemon balm. Stored in a cool place, ginger beer will keep for about a week .
Tasty and invigorating, ginger beer makes a refreshing, non-alcoholic , sparkling drink , warming in the winter , thirst-quenching in the summer .
Cultivating the `plant at home takes commitment as it needs `feeding` every day but it is well worth the effort .
Whatever the cause of nausea and vomiting, ginger is the best remedy, and it is perfectly safe to take throughout pregnancy . Sip ginger beer at intervals throughout the day whenever you feel queasy.