Herbs and spices have various “healing” properties. They can also play a role in prevention.
Specific profiles will vary, but in general, appropriate usage of herbs and spices in our dietary protocols can make a favorable impact on digestion, circulation, blood sugar regulation, and immune response. Within the scope of health-beneficial herbs and spices, options such as cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are often revered. (click on each of them for more info)
I am happy to share this nourishing hot beverage from my mother’s recipe Rolodex. A true inspiration, she has been steadfast in practicing whole-food, natural-living protocols for many years.
This warming drink comes especially in handy for times that you notice signs and symptoms of a nasty bug coming on, such as a cold or other viral infection.
Start with the following:
- 1 cinnamon stick (break it up if you can)
- 1 tsp whole clove buds
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- two large mugs of water
Put the water in a pan and bring to a high boil. Add cinnamon and clove. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Turn off heat and add ginger. Steep for about 15 more minutes.
Time to get warm and spicy. Drink up. Strain the desired amount. Add lemon juice and honey to taste (optional). Keep any remaining beverage to sip on later.
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