The warming effect of Ginger goes hand in hand with the holidays. GingerChi would like to share these simple recipes for Do-It Yourself Gifts are not only unique but convey to all those that receive how special they are and how much you care.
Crystallized Ginger Candy
Crystallized Ginger Candy is sugary, yet it holds some health benefits and it’s a treat that’s sure to stand out from the tins and trays of cookies, fudge and caramel popcorn. For the best ginger candy, try using young ginger root, which is more tender than mature root.Ingredients:
- 1/2 pound fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup Organic cane sugar
- ¼ cup reserved cooking liquid
Peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices. Place the slices in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with enough water to submerge the slices and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium-low, cover and simmer until tender but still retains a rubbery consistency. Drain water.
Return the ginger to the saucepan, add the reserved cooking liquid, sugar and bring to a rapid simmer over a high flame. Turn the heat down and continue to simmer the ginger and sugar, stirring frequently. When the liquid has evaporated and the sugar begins to crystallize, about 10-15 minutes, remove the ginger immediately to a cooling rack or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Spread in an even layer to cool. When cool enough to touch, shake off the excess ginger sugar and store in jars. Candied ginger can be stored in an airtight container for up to three weeks.
Ginger is known to reduce nausea, pain and help with digestion, all which are great benefits around this time of year when it’s easy go overboard with the cookies, chocolate and peppermint candies.
Ginger Infused Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
Good enough to eat it, this simple recipe for DIY Ginger Infused Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub will surely make someone feel extra special this season. It’s wonderful warm and spicy scent is guaranteed to bring soothing nourishment to everybody’s skin and help revitalize Chi.
Makes approximately 8 oz. sugar body scrub:
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon organic ginger, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup cold-pressed oil (camelia, jojoba, sunflower, or sweet almond oil)
- 3/4 cup organic turbinado or cane sugar
- 1/4 cup kosher or Himlayan salt
- 1-4 drops essential oil (lemongrass, lavender, or orange)
Heat the coconut oil and chopped ginger in a small saucepan over low heat for 5-10 minutes. When the ginger and juice has blended into the oil, releasing its spicy aroma, remove from heat. Press contents through a fine mesh sieve or coffee filter.
While the oil is still warm, stir in cold-pressed oil of your choice. Let the mixed oils sit at room temperature to cool slightly. Combine with the sugar and salt. Scent with 1 to 4 drops of essential oils of your choice. The scrumptious scrub is now ready to dispense into jars of your choice.
Decorate your jar by adding ribbon, jute string or a handwritten label. Adding an embellishment such as sprig of holly or Christmas spruce, will give it a fresh, finished look!