It's already October so you know what that means? Welcome to immunity season! Unfortunately pretty much all of 2020 has felt like immunity season, but with cold and flu season now knocking on our covid infested year it wouldn't hurt to kick up your immune system a bit more. While maintaining a balanced diet and minimizing stress will help nurture your immune system, it doesn't hurt to add a few extra power packed recipes to the list. I'm all about working with what you have and maintaining wellness even on the smallest budget. There is no need to buy expensive supplements and programs. Honestly, I can almost guarantee you have all of the ingredients for this elixir in your kitchen right now, and if you don't they will all cost you less than fifteen dollars at your grocery store. They're also multi-functional so if you do have to go out and buy them you didn't just spend fifteen dollars on an elixir.
What You'll Need.
Ground Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Raw Honey, One Lemon, Warm Water *Try to use organic ingredients if your budget will allow you to do so.
Now, let's break down these ingredients to discover what makes this whole shebang a friend to your immunity system.
Cinnamon is loaded down with antioxidants. It's an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal machine. We might be eating a lot of cinnamon during the fall and winter months but let's be honest, most of the time it's accompanied with treats and desserts that are filled with sugar fueling inflammation. Cinnamon is great to ward off and combat respiratory illnesses. So, you definitely need more of this baby in your life in 2020. To learn more about the medicinal benefits of cinnamon (which include reducing your risk of heart disease) check out this article from Healthline.
One of my favorite wellness warriors. For most of my life I honestly thought ginger was merely a close relative of my gurl Little Debbie's preservative filled gingerbread men. Now, I throw this stuff on everything like it's my branded secret ingredient (now you know). A dash gets thrown into my iced coffee most days, and just last night it made up the seasoning to my homemade chili. It's anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants to help you fight infections and ward off a cold. If you aren't used to eating ginger you may have to acquire a taste for it initially. Ginger it more hot and bitter vs. cinnamon's warm and fuzzy.
You should definitely have a jar or twelve of raw honey in your pantry. A spoonful of local honey each day helps with seasonal allergies and boosts energy in the body. It's powerful antioxidants help to remove free radicals from the body, which can lead to a buildup of stress on the body leading to illness. Raw honey is also and anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Fun fact: it also naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, making it an antiseptic (hello! cuts, burns, insect bites, and skincare).
Lemon is a great source of vitamin c as well as holding anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Lemon outside of the body is very acidic. However, once metabolized it actually transitions to a PH well above seven. This helps to alkaline the body which offers enormous health benefits. I won't get into all of that today, but basically disease thrives in a highly acidic environment. An alkaline environment helps decrease your risk of disease.
How to Make.
Combine one teaspoon of ground ginger, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and one tablespoon of raw honey. Heat water to a warm temperature. Be careful not to get the water too hot, as overly hot water can alter the healing benefits of honey. Add water and one slice of lemon to spice and honey mixture. Enjoy!