Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the old lady I never thought I’d become. I have a jar of slightly unpleasant tasting candy on my counter at all times. Not as unpleasant as “Humbugs”, but unpleasant none-the-less.
And here’s the reason why:
4 years, 7 months, 6 days ago my boyfriend forced me to take a vacation. On a houseboat. Now as far as I’m concerned nothing that involves a house is a vacation. Because if there’s a house there’s also cooking, cleaning and tidying to be done. Only a man would think vacationing in a house is an actual vacation.
Only a man would think vacationing in a house that bobs up and down while violently spinning in circles during the night is an especially fun vacation.
I’m not even going to talk about the fact that the sleeping quarters doubled as the kitchen table, the toilet was actually IN the shower stall or the fact that the houseboat was INFESTED with spiders. O.K. Scratch that … I am going to talk about he spiders for a second.
We had shoved off and were on the water for all of about 5 minutes before I noticed clearish, white spiders. Everywhere. Hanging, dangling from the ceiling. So invisible, you couldn’t see them until they were about 1/2 inch from your eyeball. Or mouth. Did I mention I’m phobic? That spiders (along with centipedes) make my airways constrict? Did I mention that?
So 5 minutes into it, my “vacation” involved cooking dinner on a whirling, bobbing boat, with random, drop down stomach turning spiders. And there was literally no escape.
The first night I didn’t sleep at all because of the legitimate fear that as I slept, spiders were dropping down from the ceiling and crawling all over me. Plus there was that relentless whirling around in circles I mentioned earlier. 12 hours down, 3 more days to go. Oh my God.
That morning at our first port of call we went on a search for a) bug spray and b) Gravol. I got the Spider Blaster immediately. It was in every little shop we went into. Apparently ours wasn’t the only houseboat prone to spiders. The Gravol proved to be a little more challenging. No one had it.
Finally a little drugstore had a version of Gravol I’d never tried before. There on the shelf was all natural “Ginger Gravol”. Obviously it was on the shelf because no one else wanted to buy it either. I almost cried. I needed drugs. Big, fat, just this side of legal drugs to deal with what seemed to be a band of drunk leprechauns putting on a circus show in my stomach. With no other choice, I bought the stupid hippy dippy Ginger Gravol. Against my better judgement.
It worked. It worked brilliantly. The Ginger Gravol worked every bit as well as regular Gravol as a matter of fact, without any of the dopey feeling Gravol can give you. Although if any vacation begged for a little passing out, this was the one. Luckily the full can of Spider Blaster I sprayed put a little slur in my step.
Over the past few years I’ve continued to use Ginger Gravol, plus I’ve done a bit of additional research. You see, I’m prone to nausea because of my migraine headaches. Plus I think I might have emetophobia, but that’s another story. Suffice it to say, I’ve convinced myself I can catch the stomach flu by talking on the phone to someone who might have the stomach flu.
So what does all of this have to do with the jar of candy on my counter? It’s a jar of crystallized ginger.
Feeling nauseous? Eat some Ginger.
Crystalized Ginger Slices
Crystalized Ginger Cubes
Through my nausea research, I found the reason everyone tells you to drink Gingerale when you’re sick is because of the Ginger. Ginger is as powerful an anti-nauseant as any drug you can buy in the pharmacy. Honestly. The studies were all “Hey! This is science! We’re not just making this up!”
Gravol also sells chewable ginger candies by the way, but buying crystallized ginger is cheaper. It’s not cheap, but it’s cheaper than Gravol. To fill my 500 ml mason jar with crystallized ginger slices, it cost me $10.
Feeling gross? Just eat a piece of crystallized ginger. Just one piece. Even half a piece. Certainly not a handful. I must warn you. It’s got a bit of a bite to it. I actually quite like it now. It’s certainly more palatable than the uncooked slice of ginger a lot of websites recommended I try. Um. Ick. Also, crystallized ginger is considerably more portable than Ginger Tea. Vitamin B6 is also recommended for nausea, but you have to take it on a regular basis (as pregnant women do).
So there you have it. How a trip on a houseboat and an encounter with a bunch of paratrooping spiders cured my nausea.
Wait. It’s not the end. In the near future I hope to give you directions on how to make your own crystallized ginger. The Internet has several recipes for it. But as we know, the Internet lies. So I’m gonna give a few recipes a shot. If it works … I’ll let you know.