It’s no secret that I love ginger. You can always find a large, fresh root in my flavor arsenal (otherwise known as the basket I keep my onions and other counter-top veggies in). Ginger is not only delicious in many meals or brewed as a simple tea, but it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory herb with many other extraordinary benefits. Ginger can help boost immunity, aid in the detoxification of your body’s impurities, and even help prevent cancer! For these reasons, I like to use it as the main component in my Prevention Tea.
Aiding the ginger with it’s preventative powers are Ceylon cinnamon, organic lemon, and local honey. Cinnamon contains natural anti-infectious compounds to help fight unwanted pathogens. It can also help stabilize your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Cinnamon has even been shown to reduce the proliferation of cancer cells! Not to mention, it’s freaking delicious. :P
Lemon adds a burst of Vitamin C, a known combatant in the fight against illness! They also have antibacterial properties, allowing your body to fight infectious diseases. Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, proven to slow and even stop the formation of cancer cells! Neat fact: Lemons are the ONLY food with an anionic charge (meaning it’s ion’s have a negative charge)!!
The last component of this illness blasting tea is local, raw or minimally processed, honey. Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, AND anti-viral! Some people (including myself!) swear by using local honey daily as a preventative for seasonal allergies. (Must be local so it contains pollen specific to your area!) Just take in 1 tablespoon daily and watch yourself sail through allergy season, sniffle-free! (You can add to tea, oatmeal, or just eat it by the spoonful!) Honey is also a powerful immunity booster because it’s chock full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and anti-oxidants. Now, that’s pretty sweet!
An Ounce of Prevention Tea
Drink this tea at the first indication of illness. I recommend drinking multiple cups to get the most powerful dose of prevention! You can also drink this tea daily for added (future) protection. :)
- 4 cups filtered water
- 6-8 slices of fresh ginger root
- 2-4 sticks Ceylon cinnamon
- 2 organic lemons
- 4 tablespoons local honey
Makes 4 cups of delicious prevention!
Bring 4 cups filtered water to boil in a kettle or saucepan. Pour over your ginger & cinnamon, squeeze in plenty of lemon juice, and add local honey to taste! Let sit 5-10 minutes and enjoy. It’s really that simple! Now relax and allow the healing to begin! xoxo