You all, I am not playing with the sniffles.
It’s that exciting time of year where germs are everywhere, our bodies are weakened (or at least they feel weakened?), and everyone is getting sick!
I know I’m still young, but this year I have been noticing some dramatic differences with how my body responds to illness. It used to be that I would get sick once a year and once I felt it coming on, all I had to do was take a day of rest to shut down. I would be better in a short 24 hours! This year, however, I’ve noticed that my body gets sick more often and doesn’t recuperate nearly as quickly. What is that about?!
So I’m not playing any games with cold season. I’m ready to pull out all the stops when I start feeling under the weather. Bone broth, rest, tea, …and this turmeric, ginger, & lemon infused honey tonic.
This body-fortifying tonic mixture is simply raw honey poured over some of nature’s most powerful immune system boosters.
Turmeric & Ginger
Both turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory roots that work wonders to help prevent or reduce the duration of sickness and soothe nausea and an upset stomach. Turmeric has also been shown to improve the quality of sleep, strengthen the immune system, and even aids the body in fighting cancer! When we use turmeric, we add a little bit of black pepper to help our bodies absorb the beneficial properties of this root.
Ginger is also a hard-working antimicrobial herb, which means it helps to keep bacteria from entering the body and works to kill bad bacteria if it does enter. Ginger helps to warm our bodies from within and can reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood circulation in the body, fight respiratory problems, strengthen the immune system, improve vitamin absorption into the body, and fight colon and ovarian cancer!
A fruit well-known for its high content of vitamin C, lemon is a natural immune-system booster that can help to reduce the duration of a cold. This highly nutritious fruit is also an anti-inflammatory, and a great source of antioxidants. It has antibacterial properties and can also help to treat indigestion.
Not to mention, lemons are in season over these winter months so it’s the perfect time to grab a few for this tonic!
And finally, honey itself is a real “get well soon” ingredient. It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, helping to rid your body of illness-causing bacteria. Honey soothes a sore throat and helps to ease a cough, and has been shown to help us fall asleep better when we’re not feeling well! This natural sweetener is also rich in antioxidants and helps promote healthy digestion, moving us closer to our desired state of renewed wellness and health.
We’re working with some serious nutritional powerhouses here! In this tonic, I prefer to add both sliced and minced ginger and turmeric to the honey so that I’m not only infusing the honey, I’m also getting small pieces of these superfood ingredients in every spoonful. You could do the same or stick to one method or the other.
The last time I wasn’t feeling well I posted pictures of this tonic on Instagram and got some requests for the recipe. I figured it is the perfect time to post this recipe for all of the upcoming sniffly days.
When you start to feel a little tickle in your throat or a little drippy in your nose, take a spoonful of this honey tonic immediately. Take one tablespoon every 3-4 hours until you’re feeling better, and 1 tablespoon a day when you’re well to keep yourself healthy.
And remember, don’t heat this honey or add it to hot tea or you’ll destroy the beneficial properties of the raw honey!
Sending you so many wishes for health and soft tissues….
- Pint-sized jar
- 2 lemons
- About 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled
- About 2 tablespoons fresh turmeric, peeled (powdered turmeric is okay, too! Use 1 tablespoon of turmeric if you're using powdered)
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
- Raw honey
- Slice the lemons thinly and add them to the jar.
- Slice and/or mince the ginger and the turmeric. (You could make this easy by pulsing the roots in a food processor for a few seconds.) Add the ginger, turmeric, black pepper, and cayenne (if using) to the jar with the lemons.
- Pour honey over the contents of the jar to cover everything. With a spoon, stir the contents of the jar to evenly distribute, mashing the lemons to release their juice. Store the tonic in the fridge and enjoy 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture when you're not feeling well!