I’ve found myself, as I do at some point every summer, with a nasty summer cold. Generally when I get a cold, I like to sip on hot lemon tea all day and night, but it’s been so warm outside that I haven’t really felt like chugging hot tea. Cue our new juicer! It’s the perfect way to may a little soothing herbal concoction that’s cold and refreshing. I made the following elixer consisting of ingredients that are supposed to help with colds:
Ginger Juice for a Summer Cold
- one lemon, peel removed (lemons contain over eighty percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C).
- 2 small apples, cored and quartered (these are mostly to sweeten the juice, but an apple a day…)
- 2 square inch pieces peeled fresh ginger (The heat in ginger supposedly causes the body to warm, making it perspire, which could be helpful in fighting the first stages of a cold or battling chills from a fever)
- a dash or two of cayenne pepper (Cayenne warms the body and stimulates the release of mucus from the respiratory passages)
Juice all but cayenne in juicer (we have this one and love it). Add cayenne and stir. Drink over ice.
For more recipes like this one, check out the Apothecary page.