Pretty Birds, I may not be able to explain to you why this autumn weather has been so absurd (GLOBAL WARMING), but one thing is for certain: it is taking a serious toll on my body. I don’t know about you, but I have caught the cold twice already and the idea of ingesting another cold and flu pill or cough syrup has me checking real estate prices in the Canary Islands. Cold to warm, sun to rain, my immune system is doing back flips, leaving my body defenseless against these horrid viruses. To top it off, I am playing tag with my kid’s cold.
As a self-diagnosed medication-phobe, I save the heavy stuff for when sh*t really hits the fan, but for the most part I tend to stick to my trusty trifecta of ginger, Manuka, and lemon. Perusing Pinterest, I came across this Cold Fighting Elixir, which majorly ups the ante on my very simple home remedy. I will try literally anything trending in the natural food world, so I whipped up this magical potion.
And, if you haven’t been pestered enough with why apple cider vinegar really is the bomb, I am here to give it to you one last time. It battles inflammation, not only in matters of digestion, but also at the immune system level – and when you alkalize your body, you are more effective at fighting off that yucky cold or flu coming your way. If you’re like me and you just can’t get over the taste (or the smell for that matter), add some Manuka and ginger.
Honey on its own has a host of potent healing powers, but Manuka really is a must for your bag of magic tricks. Coming all the way from New Zealand, it has about 4x the nutritional value of normal honey. Manuka gets your immune cells tingling and bombards the growth of the Strep Bacteria. A serious obsession has cultivated in my household; my husband has a spoonful every morning and I never leave home with my Manuka candies.
This recipe has all the heavy hitters in one big cup, ready to kick that colds butt. Test it out for yourselves.
For the Infused Apple Cider Vinegar:
3 cups of unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of dried chamomile
2 Anise stars
3 Cinnamon sticks
1 Teaspoon of cloves
½ inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 lemon (juice)
2 Tablespoons of honey (I like to use Manuka)
2 Black peppercorns
1 Tumeric, small root, peeled and grated
3 cups of purified warm water
To make the Infused Apple Cider Vinegar place all the infusion ingredients in a jar and shake it to mix. Leave the mixture at room temperature to infuse overnight. You can even leave it up to 2 weeks depending on how strong you want it. Strain when done and place in a large container.
Add the remainder of the ingredients: ginger, turmeric, lemon, honey and black peppercorns to the infusion and then pour in the warm water.
Mix and enjoy your Cold Fighting Elixir. Serves 2 to 3 cups.