Internal Syrup

by Holly Bellebuono

For digestive upset, queasiness and indigestion.

For a delicious recipe to address stomach upset and indigestion, harvest a large handful of fresh lemon balm leaves from the garden, or purchase one ounce of dried chopped licorice root from a reputable source, such as a health food store. each of these herbs is renowned for reducing inflammation and easing stomach complaints, but their flavors do not combine well, so use only one.

In a saucepan, bring three cups of water to a boil with the herb matter; reduce heat and simmer until the water is reduced to approximately one cup. This will make a concentrated tea. strain off the herb matter and return the liquid to the pot. Add a 1⁄2 cup of sugar or honey and blend, simmering only a few minutes longer until the sweetener is dissolved. a traditional dose is one teaspoon every hour, as needed. Another way to enjoy this syrup is to brew a cup of tea to ease the stomach (mint, catnip, lemon balm, etc.) and stir in a teaspoon of the syrup as the sweetener. Store tightly-capped in the refrigerator. The syrup will keep a minimum of three months.