I will never ever tire of women telling me they are expecting a baby. For someone with an only child, I still have major love for all things that connect us to these miracles. I think what inspires me the most, is that I have really loving women in my circle of friends and family. Imagining them expand their love into a new person for this earth makes my heart just want to burst.
But women have to go through some big hurdles for that little bundle of baby to arrive. And the dreaded morning sickness (that curiously comes in the evenings) is one of them.
I had a good 6 month run of morning sickness during my pregnancy and it wasn't until YEARS later that I was reading a book called Natural Home Remedies by Mark Evans that I made the connection between blood sugar, metabolism and feeding a life form.
The superstar, ultra ancient, secret ingredient?
Ginger. Just like Mama has told us all these years. Not only does it help with nausea, it is great for oral health because of the bioactive substance called gingerol. Another bonus for expectant mamas.
So to celebrate my friend's baby on the way, I took a new approach and made some candied ginger that I lovingly dubbed "Sweet Mama Ginger".
Here is what you will need:
- 1/2 lb. fresh organic ginger
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/4 cup raw honey (I love the local one by Rancho San Julian!)
1. Shave off outer layer of ginger. Then, use a potato peeler to slice into small shavings. You can also slice with a knife for a heartier bite.
2. Bring ginger and 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Cover and reduce to simmer for 30 min, then uncover for 15 minutes until ginger is tender (taste a nibble to be sure).
3. Drain all but 1/4 cup of water from the pot. Add honey and stir. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes until the syrup has turned a deep caramel color. Stir on occasion to make sure it doesn't burn.
4. Remove from heat and pour into a glass jar to cool. You can keep the ginger honey separate to add to tea later or store it all in the same glass.
And, in the words of Mel Robbins, "scientists estimate the odds of being born are about one in 400 trillion".
Life really is a miracle. Every little baby, whether born full term or not, remind us of that when we need it most. What better way to thank the Universe than to surround mamas with a little sweetness during this beautiful time?