Happy New Year friends! It’s still relatively new so I can still say that, right? January ain’t over yet and this IS the first post of the year after all.
This year represents some pretty monumental life changes for hubby and I. It’s going to be a wild one between having a baby, moving into our new home, wrapping up my holistic nutrition course and getting my nutrition business idea clear in my head. With all the fear of falling flat on my face, I’m comforted by the fact that we’ve rarely ever taken the easy route and yet somehow things have always worked out. It’s an exciting time and it’s sure to be a thrilling adventure.
As I mentally prepare for my ride on the motherhood train, I’ve vowed to be kind to myself on this new and life changing journey. While it’s great to challenge and push yourself it’s important to do so with compassion and patience, and to acknowledge that it’s OK not to be perfect, it’s OK to fail, it’s OK to ask for help, it’s OK to be selfish at times and it’s OK NOT to be everything to everyone. Rather than set a New Year’s resolution, I’m setting a life resolution of self care and self love and a mantra to get me through it all – “it’s going to be ok”.
In keeping with today’s theme, the first “recipe” of the year is all about self care. Cold and flu season is upon us and it’s so important to give our body the immune boost it needs to combat those nasties. Around here we like to make this delicious and potent golden elixir to warm us from the inside out. There are many variations of this recipe in the health and wellness circle and so many floating around the blogosphere. It’s an ancient remedy and I most certainly can not take credit for inventing it, but I’d like to share my own formula for this magic potion. I usually like to mix fresh grated and ground ginger and turmeric but my organic supermarket has been out of stock for a while and so the ground stuff it has to be for this post, but I’ve provided instructions for both in the recipe card.
This golden elixir is loaded with the antioxidant, antispectic, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric and ginger and rounded out with raw honey (a natural antiseptic and throat soother), alkalizing and vitamin C rich lemon juice and crushed black peppercorns that act as an activator for turmeric in this concoction. It’s a fantastic immune boosting elixir, a great way to stop a cold in it’s tracks or support recovery if you’ve already caught the bug, and does wonders in the fight against mild inflammatory conditions, if you’re already following a pretty clean nutrient dense diet. It’s important to remember there aren’t any magical cure alls out there and everything we put into our bodies works together.
I’ve managed to dodge the cold and flu bullet this year, but hubby caught a cold, likely from his mom who came down with something when she was here over the holidays, and for the first time ever he got through it without medication and with the help of this elixir and lots of rest.
Disclaimer: please note that this does not constitute medical advice and in no way am I saying that this elixir is a cure all and should replace your medication. Please be sure to consult a health practitioner for your ailments, should the need arise, and make the decision that is best for you and your family.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Please leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a picture and tag #harmonyalacarte on Instagram so I can see it.
Ginger Turmeric Elixir
Recipe & Photography by Nissrine @ Harmony à la Carte
This elixir is loaded with the healing powers of turmeric, ginger, honey and lemon. It’s a great way to support and strengthen the immune system during the cold and flu season. It also helps fight inflammation, aids digestion and makes a wonderful warming drink, whether it’s first thing in the morning or at bedtime.
- 1 Tsp Ground Ginger Powder or 1 inch Piece of Grated Fresh Ginger (or 50/50)
- 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric Powder or 1 inch Piece of Grated Fresh Turmeric (or 50/50)
- Fresh Ground Black Peppercorn
- 4 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey (for a vegan version: omit the honey or replace it with another liquid sweetener of choice but note that other liquid sweeteners won’t have the antiseptic healing properties of raw honey)
- Juice of 2 Lemons
Stir all ingredients together. Take by the spoonful or as a shot on an empty stomach or dilute a few teaspoons (more or less depending on how potent you like it) in hot water for a warm and soothing drink.