Immune Boosting Elixir
With Cold and Flu season looming, why not try this immune boosting combination of amazing ingredients right from your kitchen cupboard!
Here we are at the start of October and cold and flu season is looming right around the corner. Hand washing, sneezing/coughing into your sleeve, getting enough sleep...all these things go a long way to help prevent illness. And, of course, eating a wholesome diet full of fresh veggies and fruits packed with immune system supporting nutrients just goes without saying. But sometimes we need to go a little bit further and add in some extra firing power against the "cooties" that surround us.
Enter this delicious and super warming cold and flu busting elixir. This is a simple yet powerful little drink to give your body a massive dose of nutrients that it will use to reinforce its defense system. But before we get to the recipe, let's take a look at why it's so powerful for helping stave off the "cooties", both before they set in and after they do.
Ginger is a warming herb which makes it perfect for promoting a healthy sweating action in the body. Sweating not only helps to detoxify the body, but German researchers have found that sweat contains a potent germ-fighting agent that actually helps fight off infection.
Garlic is one of the best immune boosting herbs in the world. It has powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral properties and has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory infections, recurring colds and influenza as well as many other ailments including high blood pressure and parasites.
Lemons are loaded with Vitamin C, phytonutrients and antioxidants that not only help our bodies fight viruses, but other more serious conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and cancers.
Cayenne pepper has been used in traditional medicines for thousands of years to treat a number of health conditions including fever, sore throat, tonsillitis, heartburn and Scarlet Fever. Cayenne warms the body and promotes a good sweat just like ginger does, but it also helps in breaking up and moving congested mucous. Once that starts to flow, symptoms of cold and flu usually start to improve. Cayenne, combined with lemon and honey, is an excellent detoxification support for the body.
Pure, raw honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, increases energy and is soothing for those sore throats that often come with a cold or the flu. Alternatively, you can splurge and get yourself some organic, raw Manuka honey which comes from New Zealand and contains quadruple the nutritional properties of the pure, raw honey. It will run you a small fortune but if you can swing it, it's well worth the money.
6 cups distilled or filtered water
Juice and rind of one fresh lemon
2-3 tbsp fresh ginger root, sliced into medium thickness pieces
5-6 crushed cloves of garlic (just crush with the flat end of a knife, no need to cut up
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
Raw unpasteurized honey - to taste (ie: not too much)
- Pour water into a medium saucepan
- Add juice from the lemon and the entire lemon rind, ginger root and crushed garlic cloves • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer over medium heat. Allow elixir to simmer for approximately 15 minutes. The liquid will become darker in colour and very fragrant.
- Add the desired amount of cayenne pepper
- Strain and discard the ginger root and crushed garlic cloves. KEEP THE LIQUID
- Pour into cups and add honey to each individual cup as desired.
- Say "you're welcome" to your body and enjoy!