How to make a great ginger tincture with and without alcohol


Ginger tincture has an analgesic, antiemetic and anti-inflammatory effect.

Thanks to its antibacterial and antiviral properties, it is good for colds and flu. Ginger tincture is also recommended for joints.

Probably it is difficult to find a more distinctive taste among home-made alcohols than that of ginger tincture. At the same time, this drink has invaluable healing properties, as ginger should be the basis of the diet during colds and during autumn prevention.

Try the recipe for ginger tincture on spirit with honey.

ginger tincture
Ginger for tincture

To make ginger tincture with honey take one glass of fresh ginger (washed and peeled), 3-4 tablespoons of honey, 2 medium-sized lemons and 2 glasses of spirit (most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume (80-proof) work best).

Then wash the lemon thoroughly, steam it and peel it. Squeeze the juice from the fruit and cut the peel without white films into pieces. Put the chopped ingredients in a large jar, add honey and lemon juice and pour the spirit over it.

The mixture prepared in this way should be left for around 3 months. Later filter it through a fine strainer or gauze and pour it into bottles, let the tincture stand for at least another two months.

ginger tincture with lemon, honey and grapefruit
2 weeks old ginger tincture with lemons, honey and a few slices of grapefruit

If you would like to know a bit more about ginger, beneficial effects that it has on our health and have a few other recipes keep reading, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

At the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful (here link to my article about supplies) when you will be making a cardamom tincture by yourself.

supplies to make tincture nalewka at home
List of supplies to make tinctures at home

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Ginger tincture benefits combined with honey

There is probably no need to convince anyone about the positive effects on health and immunity that ginger and honey have.

What are the healing properties of tinctures with their addition?

First of all, ginger tincture with honey drunk in small amounts for health helps to maintain the proper level of cholesterol, and thus improves the condition of blood vessels. Ginger is also an ally of weight loss, so the tincture with its addition accelerates metabolism and contributes to weight reduction.

ginger and honey recipe for tincture nalewka
Ginger and honey are great for tinctures

It supports the treatment of colds and viral diseases, as well as the elimination of inflammation.

Ginger mixed with alcohol and honey is also an excellent remedy for indigestion and other digestive problems. In addition, it is also used as a pain reliever in head, tooth, muscle and bone ailments.

My video about ginger tincture making

Other ginger tincture recipe

Other recipe includes using 1 glass of fresh ginger cut into small pieces, 1 lemon, 1/2 glass of brown sugar, 1/2 glass of water and 2 glasses of vodka.
Peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices, pour boiling water over the lemons, scrub and dry. Then rub the whole skin from them and squeeze the juice into a pot.Heat the ginger, lemon zest, juice and sugar together with water for about 10 minutes – until the sugar is dissolved.
Cool down the prepared syrup and pour it into a jar. Later top it up with vodka.Close the airtight jar and leave it for 3 weeks, shaking once a day. After that time, filter the tincture through a strainer or gauze and pour it into bottles.

Finished ginger tincture

Ginger tincture dosage

The tincture should be consumed after cooling. It can be mixed with water. It is recommended to consume 20 drops / 2 teaspoons (around 10 ml with standard dropper) of the drink 2–3 times a day.

This type of tincture can be used for headaches and joint pain. The recommended dose is 1 teaspoon 3 times a day (before main meals).

Small bottles to store tinctures with droppers 

Contraindications to the use of ginger tincture

People using the ginger tincture for various ailments should remember that it is alcohol that must not be given (even in a small amount) to children and drivers. It is also not recommended for all those who are trying to lose weight.

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When not to use ginger tincture

The spirit used to prepare ginger tincture contains a lot of empty calories, plus a large dose of sugar or honey. All this is not for a slim figure.

Ginger tincture should also be given up by pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in the case of whom alcohol is prohibited. Contraindication to the use of the tincture is taking anticoagulants and gallbladder disease.

Ginger tincture for dogs

Properties that make ginger good for you can help your dog as well. Ginger’s function as a digestive aid for stomach upset and nausea is most likely the best known benefit.

Ginger for dogs

But it’s far from the only one. In fact, its potential benefits extend way past the stomach, beneficial effects of ginger can be used to deal with:

  • nausea
  • bloat
  • flatulence
  • arthritis
  • heartworm

You should consult this with a vet before giving your dog tincture as alcohol might not be the best solution – ginger itself is OK.

Ginger tincture for nausea

Ginger tincture, which has been confirmed by many studies and experience, is one of the most effective remedies for:

  • indigestion,
  • nausea,
  • morning sickness,
  • motion sickness,
  • vomiting,
  • loss of appetite,
  • abdominal pain
  • and the formation of blood clots.

For thousands of years in Asian and Arabian countries, ginger has been used not only in cooking but also in medicine.

Ginger tincture active ingredients

Ginger is full of vitamins and minerals. It contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and essential oils that stimulate the body to secrete gastric juices. It is choleretic and has a diastolic effect. In 2008, a report on the effectiveness of ginger in gastric problems was published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

What is ginger tincture good for

Ginger tincture is effective in motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. Useful in abdominal pain and poisoning as a preventive measure, preventing the formation of blood clots and blockages.

It reduces pain and inflammation, headaches and menstrual pain. Due to its warming properties, ginger stimulates blood circulation, reduces painful spasms, inhibits the growth of bacteria, and reduces gas.

How to make ginger tincture without alcohol

It is easy to make at home as well, so if you cannot use tincture with alcohol you can make it with oil. Use a airtight jar which fill about 1/4 with fresh ginger chopped in small pieces and then pour oil over top. Seal and leave it to infuse for about 5 weeks, shaking daily. Later strain and keep in a dry, dark place. It can be used up to a year.

making ginger tincture without alcohol

As you can see it is really easy to make ginger tincture at home and it has surprisingly nice taste when you use some honey to make it.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of ginger

If you would like to check more info about the ginger here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: African Ginger, Amomum Zingiber, Ardraka, Black Ginger, Cochin Ginger, Gan Jiang, Gingembre, Gingembre Africain, Gingembre Cochin, Gingembre Indien, Gingembre Jamaïquain, Gingembre Noir, Ginger Essential Oil, Ginger Root, Huile Essentielle de Gingembre, Imber, Indian Ginger, Jamaica Ginger, Jengibre, Jiang, Kankyo, Kanshokyo, Nagara, Race Ginger, Racine de Gingembre, Rhizoma Zingiberi, Rhizoma Zingiberis, Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens, Shen Jiang, Sheng Jiang, Shoga, Shokyo, Shunthi, Srungavera, Sunth, Sunthi, Vishvabheshaja, Zingiber Officinale, Zingiberis Rhizoma, Zingiberis Siccatum Rhizoma, Zinzeberis, Zinziber Officinale, Zinziber Officinalis.

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