By Michelle Lauer, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
There’s no denying it. Cold and flu season is here. With the lack of sunlight and increased time spent indoors, it’s normal for our immune systems to struggle with all those nasty bugs hanging around. As we battle the cold weather and what seems like endless snowfall, it becomes more important than ever to show ourselves (and our immune systems) some extra love. Self care could mean allowing yourself to sleep that extra hour, diffusing your favourite essential oils or sipping your favourite cup of tea in front of the fire.
One of our favourite ways to show our immune system some TLC is our Super-Root Immune-Boosting Tonic. This recipe is incredibly simple to throw together, so you can get right back to curling up under the covers. It includes our favourite immune supporting roots - ginger and turmeric - with the added sweetness of raw honey.
These days it seems like turmeric is the star of the show, and for a good reason at that. It’s great to call on this mighty root, especially around cold and flu season, because of its powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Ginger is another fantastic root to add to the mix as its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties help our immune systems with prevention and recovery. Lemon is known for its high vitamin C content, one of our immune system’s best friends. Last but certainly not least, we recommend throwing a generous spoonful of raw honey into the mix too. Not only can raw honey be used as a natural cough suppressant, but its antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties can be a great defense against the common cold.
Super-Root Immune-Boosting Tonic
1 ½ cups hot water
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp ginger
Juice of ½ a lemon
Generous spoonful of honey. (We love locally made Heavenly Honey!)
Place all the ingredients in a mason jar. Screw the lid on and shake until the ingredients are incorporated and the honey has melted. Enjoy on the go or snuggled up by the fire!