Immune Boosting Ginger, Lemon and Cayenne Concentrate
This time of year the flu can knock out a whole office in one fell swoop. Despite our best efforts, the flu took us down one by one here at the KG HQ a few weeks ago. Luckily the it was short lived, but I’ve been on the search for an immune booster since. So when I saw No More Dirty Looks post Susannah Compton’s immune boosting ginger, lemon and cayenne concentrate, I knew I had to share.
“I was surrounded by people with really bad colds—the kind that just shut your body down. My husband got it, and I watched him suffer through it for about a week until I began to feel the symptoms coming on myself.
I panicked a little, because who has time to be sick? Then I went straight to the kitchen and whipped up an immune boosting lemon, cayenne and ginger concentrate. I made 16 ounces of this concentrate to store in the refrigerator, and then I added a few tablespoons of it to hot water and drank 5-6 cups of this elixir over the course of 3-4 days. That might sound like a lot, but it was soothing and made me feel better like a healing broth would. It was also delicious. The best part, however, is that it helped keep me from developing a full-blown illness.
We know that lemon is rich in vitamin C and helps detoxify your system, but ginger and cayenne pepper add a lot of immune boosting power to the mix, too. Ginger has the ability to help prevent and treat infections because it activates T-cells, a group of white blood cells that help destroy the cells infected by virus. Ginger’s spicy kick stimulates blood circulation and opens up your sinuses, and it’s rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne pepper also offers a lot of vitamin C and bioflavonoids that help your body produce white blood cells, especially those in your lymphatic system that cleanse your cells and tissues of toxins. Additionally, cayenne pepper helps build healthy mucus membrane tissue that defends against viruses and bacteria.
Beyond the immune boosting reasons to sip this concentrate, it’s the best remedy I’ve found for banishing cold hands and feet—a constant struggle for me in the winter. The spices truly warm you up. Here’s how to make it…
- Grate or mince 3-4 tablespoons of fresh ginger.
- Bring 1 ½ cups water to a simmer in a small pot. Add ginger and let simmer and steep for 20 minutes.
- Strain the water into a mason jar or other glass container.
- Add the juice of 2 lemons. Add 1 small dash of cayenne pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of manuka honey or raw honey for added sweetness and healing properties (optional).
- Store concentrate in the refrigerator and shake well before each use.
To drink, you can either take shots of this concentrate (careful—it’s spicy!) or you can add 1-2 tablespoons of it to hot water and sip. Having the concentrate prepared and on hand makes it easy to enjoy this immune boosting elixir throughout the week.”
Cheers to happiness and health,
P.S. Did you know that Susannah Compton has her own perfume line? Florescent.co was launched last year around the time we were in Chicago for ANFGB 2015. At the event, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite green beauty writers, Susannah, and trying her wonderful perfumes. Sundays was my personal favorite, and you can read a review about the scent here at Blushing Wit.