At a time when there is a lot of fear, a virus lurking and not much talk about how to boost our immune systems...
I thought I would create this Winter post!
Sometimes... Lurking at the back of our pantry cupboards and getting lost at the bottom of the fruit bowl are many powerful antimicrobials just waiting to rescue us from our pestering sore throats.
Garlic, lemon, chilli, ginger, honey, herbs and spices are what I am talking about! :)
Some of these common staples found in our homes can do wonders for boosting our immune systems... They help to give us strength and better protection for if and when, we do come across any bugs wanting to call us home.
This Immune Boosting Bomb has been a favourite of mine for many years, it's got some bite, can last for months and can be used in various ways to suit ones tastebuds.
IMMUNE BOOSTING BOMB
• 6-10 cloves of garlic
• 1 small chilli
• 1/2 organic lemon. With the peel on - only if it's organic!
• Thumb size chunk of fresh ginger root
• 1/2 teaspoonful of dried herbs - E.g. Thyme or oregano.
• 1/4 teaspoon of spices - E.g. Turmeric and black pepper or a couple of cloves.
• Lastly but not least- Lots of good quality, raw honey (No commercial supermarket honey)
Equipment: Jar with a good seal.
How to Make It:
1. Crush garlic cloves, chop, add into the jar.
2. Slice the chilli into half or quarters, add into the jar. (This way it's easier to avoid eating if you choose)
3. Chop a lemon into small pieces, add to the jar.
4. Cut the ginger into small pieces, add to the jar.
5. Add in your herbs and spices.
6. Pour honey over the concoction until all the ingredients are covered. Mix well and add more honey if there is room.
7. This mixture will infuse and improve dramatically after the first 12-24 hours.
How to Consume:
Option 1 - Eat a teaspoon 1-2 times a day, more if you are sick for feel something coming on.
Option 2 - Add 2 teaspoons, olive oil and some apple cider vinegar together to make a salad dressing.
Option 3 - Heat some water to 80 degrees and add 2 teaspoons to make a delicious immune boosting tea. (Don't boil the water as this can destroy some of the nutrients)
Option 4 - If you aren't feeling sick, then why not make it a little more fun. Make your grandma proud and create your own hot toddy with a little nip of Brandy!
Got other suggestions? I'd love to hear about them!
Don’t double dip! You don't want to contaminate the mixture with your germs.
Keep it on the counter top so you don't forget about it.
Be creative and mix it up.
It should keep well for about 3 months.