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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anti-Inflammatory Health Tonic

This is a new batch that I tweaked of this recipe.  Wanting to add in a few more ingredients for their health properties, and it came out really delicious.  
We are taken down with a summer cold/flu monstrosity that has me aching, fatigued, runny nose, burning throat, loss of voice, head and heading toward chest congestion if I don't take care.  About 4 years ago, I completely gave up medicine and have resorted to a more complete Ayurvedic or Hippocrates belief.. "Let food be thy medicine".  I have a health tonic that I drink regularly in the winter at least every 2 days and I did not get any of the nasty colds or flus that went by.  And there were a lot! Having a 5 year old, we are in contact with germs quite regularly, like it or not. Still thinking about that bubble we should probably live in. No seriously, we didn't catch much.  Til now. Which when I think back, I have not been taking my super immunity boosting drink since cold weather left.  Hmm. I do believe it works.  
Well, back to the tonic.   This tonic has a base of turmeric, ginger, lemon, cinnamon, cardamon and garlic.  Sweetened with honey and balanced out with some lemon juice at the end of the simmering time, makes this drink actually enjoyable.  Well, it's not ice cream.. but still enjoyable in a healing, soothing way. 
Enough said, give it a try and get on the road to better already. 

Turmeric-Ginger Tea

1 piece of fresh turmeric root (1-2" piece), grated (or 1-2 t. powder) 
1 piece of fresh ginger root, (1-2" piece), grated
peel of 1 organic lemon 
juice of peeled lemon (easier if you peel first, then juice)
1 clove of garlic, smashed
1 t. cardamon
1 piece of cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a pan with 2 cups of water, bring to boil.  Reduce and simmer for 8 minutes. Strain some into a cup adding lemon juice and honey to taste. 

I drink my 1st cup hot and place the rest in the fridge.  Later I can either heat up or enjoy iced.  It is good both ways. 
When making tonics, I believe it is crucial to use top quality organic ingredients.  Turmeric is not readily available at grocery stores but I usually find it at the health food store or farm stand. 
Cardamon I purchase at the grocery store in the Natural Foods section.. in the bulk spices section.  There I find organic cardamon.  I love it here and in chai. Yum!

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