Immune Boosting Tonics
There is something so soothing about a warm tonic! Nevermind the ingredients, even the ritual of making and drinking it can foster a deep sense of well-being.
These three recipes below are just examples of tonics you can whip up to bring yourself & your family a little piece of peace. Hopefully you have the ingredients for in your cupboard already, if not, experiment. Even a cup of tea made from a bay leaf can be beneficial.
Golden Milk Turmeric
This has been used medicinally for thousands of years & modern scientific research has proven its anti-inflammatory & healing properties. This treat is lovely in the evening before bed.
This can be made simply with milk of choice, tumeric & sweetener but the other ingredients round out the flavour & the ground pepper makes the circumin in turmeric more bioavailable.
- 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric (ground works best, fresh is nice too)
- Pinch Ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp Ginger (ground or fresh)
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon (Cardamom or anise is nice in this as well)
- 3 cups milk/mylk of choice (dairy/almond/cashew/oat/coconut/whatever)
- sweetener of choice (if using honey please wait until concoction cools down before adding)
Add all ingredients except sweetener to a sauce pot, bring to a boil, lower heat & let simmer about 5 mins, strain into a mug & add sweetener to taste. Makes 2 mugs. Enjoy!
Delicious and nourishing, cinnamon tea is a simple immune boosting treat. This makes 2 mugs, perfect any time of day. To make it extra indulgent you could add some vanilla bean or even a few drops of vanilla extract. Yum!
- 3 cups milk of choice
- Cinnamon stick or 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Sweetener of choice (maple or honey is yummiest, if using honey let the drink cool for 5 minutes before adding)
Heat the cinnamon and milk just to the start of a boil, reduce heat & let simmer 5-10 minutes. The longer it cooks the more concentrated the flavour (and medicinal properties). Strain and pour into mugs, sweetening to taste. Enjoy!
Classic Ginger Lemon
This drink uses fresh ginger and is quick to make, although letting it steep longer will really bring out the gingery goodness. Ginger boasts a myriad of health benefits but most notably it’s great for digestive upset and can help clear anxious or unsettled feelings in the belly and abdomen. Lemon contains loads of health promoting substances most notably a high concentration of vitamin c.
- Thumb sized hunk of ginger,
- chopped Juice of half a lemon
- Honey to taste
- Pour boiling water over the ginger and lemon, let cool a bit then add honey to taste. Pause & drink, enjoy!