For centuries, traditional medicine has been used to fight disease and ease ailments.
While not all traditional concoctions have been proven to work and will remain forever in the realm of folklore, some are standing up to science and turning out to be legitimate hardcore weapons in our fight against inflammation, infection and boosting immunity.
This tea has been designed with some proven ingredients to boost immunity, decrease inflammation and knock any infection on its head.
2 cups of filtered water
1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 teaspoon dried organic turmeric
1 teaspoon dried organic cinnamon
1 teaspoon cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil
Organic raw honey or coconut syrup for taste Pinch of black pepper
1 In a small saucepan place the water; add all the ingredients except the oil and sweetener.
2 With the lid on, bring to boil and then simmer on a low heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
3 Stir in oil and sweetener, then strain and serve.
4 Drink 1/8 cup, 3 times through the day for any colds, flu’s, infections or illnesses. And 1/8 cup once a day for any chronic conditions.
PREP TIME 4 MINS • COOK TIME 6 MINS • SERVES 6
Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
A scientific study in 2015 confirmed that curcumin has powerful broad-spectrum antibacterial activity.
In other words, it works just like an antibiotic, killing bacterial infections, including the notoriously difficult golden staph. There is so much more on turmeric, which I spoke about in A Diet in Paradise.
Fresh ginger has a powerful effect on IgE related immune responses, such as allergies, allergic rhinitis, sneezing, itching eyes, over production of mucus and all forms of inflammation and is highly anti-bacterial.
Ginger basically calms down allergic responses through lowering inflammation.
When eaten, fresh ginger prevents viruses from infiltrating our cells via a killer secretion from the cell itself and halts the attachment of viral bugs to our internal airways, not allowing respiratory infections to take hold.
Garlic is a super immunity killer booster. It is known to kill off antibiotic resistant bacteria, particularly those causing pneumonia, urinary tract infections and tummy bugs, commonly caused by golden staph or e coli.
Cinnamon is a powerful killing agent of basically any bug in the body that shouldn’t be there.
According to Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer, of the New York School of Career and Applied Studies, cinnamon can deactivate a large array of viruses within a very short period of time.
Coconut oil has two separate functions.
It has its own effect of working as an awesome microbial killer, science confirming it can kill funguses rapidly, such as candida, but it also effectively tears apart viruses and bacterial infections.
Coconut oil has another very important function here; on its own, turmeric is very poorly absorbed because it is lipophilic, meaning it loves fat and is almost insoluble in water.
The problem is that most of our body is made of water, so turmeric needs a fat to carry it across the cellular barriers and inside a cell or to the liver, where it will work and stay in circulation longer.
In this instance, coconut oil is that fat.
Black pepper is also being used here for a two fold function.
It carries its own ability to kill microbes, particularly bacterial infections, but it has also been used for asthma, sinusitis, congestion, fever, and to treat diarrhea.
Black pepper’s second use is its ability to potentize a drug or therapeutic action, meaning it can enhance the effect of other medicines, such as the turmeric, ginger, garlic and cinnamon.
To lessen any garlic odor that may occur the next day, eat a sprig of parsley, some apple or lemon after drinking the tea.