As the weather has finally cooled down here in San Diego, the number of sniffles + coughs around town have skyrocketed! In the past week alone I have had several friends ask me how to up their immunity and make sure their loved ones don't get struck. I figured there is no better time than now to share with you lovelies my go to recommendation for when you're feeling subpar.
Don't worry, this is not one of those yucky tasting remedies that you have to plug your nose for. This recipe actually tastes delicious, so much so you might just sip on it for pleasure! I suggest you make a nice big portion of this honey blend to have enough to share with those around you. (Tea time is so much more enjoyable with good company.)
Here are some reasons why we should up our doses of these magical plants when we're feeling under the weather:
Ginger is a root that provides a warming comfort that aids with digestion, fevers, motion sickness & menstrual cramps. On top of ginger's antibiotic properties, it genuinely tastes good too. I start most days with hot water + ginger to get my metabolism kickstarted!
Turmeric holds a place of honor in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is believed to be a cleanser of all systems in the body. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to aid in digestion, fevers, infections and arthritis. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been shown to increase memory + brain health. By pairing this protective root with black pepper, the bioavailability of curcumin goes up 2000%!
Lemon has superpowers! It increases digestion, detoxes our systems, improves the body's ability to eliminate toxins, stops the progression of infections + strengthens our immune systems. Put simply, lemons can help with just about anything.
1/2 cup raw honey (try to find local if you can!)
4 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger)
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric (or fresh if you can find it)
2 organic, unwaxed lemons' zest
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Add all of the ingredients together and store in a closed glass container in the fridge.
Add 2-3 teaspoons to a cup of hot but not boiling water or tea in order to receive the greatest results.
Tip: If you have a tea infuser or a tea pot with a strainer I recommend using it with the honey blend to trap the solid particles while still allowing them to steep. If not, the drink will be just as delicious and enjoyable by simply stirring the honey blend into the water or tea!
The honey blend should be spicy + strong since you will only be using a few teaspoons in each cup.
Hope you feel better, honey! (love me a good pun)
xo, Hannah Marie
List of References:
'The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies' by Norman Shealy MD, PHD
The Green Kitchen Stories