Sometimes our super human bodies catch a bug that brings us down. First the sore throat, puffy eyes with the sniffles, the pounding head, runny nose, then finally the wretched chest pain and cough. I'm sure it is a bit different for all but my recent cold went something like that. Usually it hits me first and then I transfer it to my husband, sorry babe. Hopefully this time it'll just be me. On a recent trip with hours around people and lots of kids and babies, standing in line with hundreds of people and all the interactions that occur on the road, one can only imagine what we come in contact with! Since then, I've been busy giving us all kinds of healing tonics, elixirs, teas, smoothies and soup to get back to healthy. I thought I'd share for those off times when you aren't feeling well. Plus, you can totally drink this anytime to be even healthier!
This tea is NOT what I would call savory OR delicious yet is as the title states a Potent Healing Elixir. It is strong and very therapeutic for your body. Ginger, turmeric, lemon, agave are certainly enough on their own yet when combined with chaga tea and your favorite loose leaf tea it only compounds those benefits. Ginger and Turmeric work together to release phlegm by lessening inflammation in your nose aiding in releasing pressure and congestion. Agave is used instead of honey to provide a coating on your throat in a vegan friendly manner. Lemon offers immune defense with vitamin C and antioxidants, it also helps your body flush out toxins. It can also boost your mood which is helpful when you aren't feeling well. Chaga increases the body's immune response providing powerful antioxidant protection, containing over 215 phytonutrients. One could totally stop here or add your favorite tea (mint, green, mullein is great for lung health, freshly dried thyme helps relieve cough symptoms) or use a loose leaf variety, I have some "Organic Immunity Boost Tea" Loose Tea Blend which has echinacea, lemon balm, olive leaf, elder flower, lemon peel, elder berries, goldenseal and ginger root. If you really want to up it a notch, add 1-2 tsp Colloidal Silver at 10-20 PPM (homemade or try ours!) which is known to kill over 650+ pathogens!
Potent Healing Elixir
3 1/2 Tbsp Ginger Root - Peeled & Minced
1 Tbsp Turmeric Root - Peeled & Minced
1 tsp Chaga Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Loose Leaf Tea or Favorite Tea Bag
1-2 tsp Agave Syrup
1-2 Freshly Squeezed Lemons
32 oz Hot Boiling Water
Place the ingredients in a Quart Size Mason Jar (32 oz). Pour hot boiling water to just below the rim. Seal and set aside to steep for 30-40 minutes. Remove lid, carefully pour through a fine filter and sip on the healing elixir feeling the benefits almost instantly! Note this is a rough guide, you can add more or less ginger, turmeric, agave and lemon to suit your palette. Enjoy and if you aren't feeling well, I hope you feel better soon!!
Some other feel good tips are:
Smoothies - smoothies are a great way to add in your favorite super foods! I love to add elderberry powder when I am not feeling well and reishi powder. Both known for great immune system benefits! Plus adding feel good substances like Vitamin C boasting Oranges, soothing Pineapple and delicious mangoes and berries are a fun and much tastier way to feel better!
Fresh Fruit / Fresh Vegetables - Eating more fruits and vegetables anytime of the year is a good idea, getting an extra dose when you are under the weather will only help your body heal quicker.
Hot Tea, Hot Water, Hot Liquids - Yes, Yes and Yes!
Soup - Soup is a fantastic way to eat a ton of vegetables. My favorite is actually the Homemade V10 Vegetable Juice found on this site, drinking some now! It tastes delicious and instantly soothes my throat and makes me feel better from the inside out. Plus you are drinking all of these veggies, you can't go wrong there! I snapped this picture just yesterday when I was making us some.
Hot Steam will help break up congestion. A hot shower, a hot bath with epsom salt, ginger and essential oil or even a little hot water in a heat proof bowl with a drop or two of essential oil like mint, eucalyptus or tea tree oil. I tried this last night with peppermint and felt relief instantly.
Of course adding extra sleep, R&R - rest and relaxation, with some light movement like walking or restorative yoga, meditation, happy music, happy movies, happy vibes and healing thoughts combined with the above shall help you on your path to recovery.
May you feel healthy, empowered, light and bright!
Cough Remedies http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/10-natural-cough-remedies
Cold Remedies http://everydayroots.com/cold-remedies
Benefits of Turmeric http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric
Benefits of Lemon Water http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/lemon-water-benefits/
Chaga Tea Benefits - Z Natural Foods Product Information from the bag - Chaga Tea
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