GINGER IS AN ANCIENT SPICE that was, and still is, widely used for medicinal purposes, including aiding digestion, easing nausea and reducing inflammation. One Ulster County company is bringing ginger front and center and offering consumers a tasty and healthful way to boost their immune systems (and perhaps help recover from all the over-the-top holiday festivities, as well).
ImmuneSchein Ginger Elixirs are made with organic ginger root, organic lemon juice and local wildflower honey. The company’s current line of handcrafted products includes a primary elixir—the Classic, which uses only three ingredients. Seven other elixirs are created by infusing the Classic with all-organic turmeric root, Ceylon cinnamon, lavender, elderberry, hibiscus flowers, cardamom or local garlic. Prepared as tea using a mug of hot water, or as fresh ginger ale using sparkling water, the elixirs also are effective added to other hot beverages, mixed drinks, salad dressings and smoothies.
Corinna and Jason Geib founded the company in 2013. Corinna, originally from Germany, grew up inspired by health and natural healing from her grandfather. After attending an herbal remedy workshop in 2012, she reworked her recipe; shortly after, Jason inspired her to share the product beyond friends and family. The company has since grown to an eight-person team and will expand in early 2017 into a new production facility and tasting room in West Hurley. The elixirs cost $5 for a 2-ounce bottle or $15.95 for 8.5-ounces ($17.95 for 8.5-ounce Turmeric elixir). They are available at about 40 retail locations throughout the region and online.