This ‘Labor-Aid’ or Ginger Lemonade Switchel, is an all-natural, old-world electrolyte drink that has been sipped for centuries by toiling farmers. Its properties can help revitalize a laboring woman through the passage, giving her the energy she needs to make it through. Lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, and raw honey are deeply hydrating and nausea-managing with belly-soothing probiotics, and trace mineral drops replace minerals or electrolytes lost in your blood from the heavy sweat of laboring.
Make it in advance of your due date range, keep it in the fridge or freezer, and have your labor partner bring it to your lips as you labor.
1/4 cup (60ml) raw honey
1 cup (240ml) hot water
3 cups (720ml) cold or room-temperature water or sparkling mineral water
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh ginger pulp/juice (use a garlic press if you have one)
3 drops of ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops
3 drops of Bach Rescue Remedy (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
In a small heatproof mug or bowl, add the honey to the hot water and stir to dissolve. Pour into a 1-quart (1L) jar or pitcher, and add the cold or room-temperature water, vinegar, lemon juice, ginger pulp/juice, trace mineral drops, rescue remedy, if using, and the sea salt.
Feel free to adjust the sweetener and any other flavor elements to your taste. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week and give it a shake each time you serve.