Herbal Immune Elixir Recipe
Posted on 03 June 2016 by Leonie Satori
Simple, delicious and easy to prepare at home, this Herbal Immune Elixir can be used year round to add to foods, in winter to boost the immune system or as a tonic for overall health and vitality.
The recipe for this herbal elixir has been around for many generations, I first came across recipes similar to this one described here while I was studying herbal medicine and have since developed my own favourite formula. Made with a combination of culinary and medicinal herbs in a base of apple cider vinegar, this Herbal Immune Elixir will last several months in your fridge once prepared.
450mL bottle of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of finely grated fresh turmeric
1/4 cup of grated fresh ginger root
1/4 cup of grated brown onion
1/4 cup of peeled & chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder
Simply add all of the ingredients to a glass jar, mix thoroughly so that all of the herbs are distributed throughout the mixture. Ensure that your jar has a good sturdy lid, because you will need to keep this preparation on your kitchen counter for two weeks while the herbs release their goodness into the vinegar. Each day, give the jar a good shake to distribute the herbs through the mix.
After two weeks of patiently waiting for your elixir to develop its unique taste and medicinal qualities, you can strain out the herbs and store your Herbal Immune Elixir in your fridge for use all year round.
Medicinal herbs at home
Not for the faint-hearted! This combination of herbs has quite a kick, and used in a base of apple cider vinegar this at home herbal formula is great to have on hand in winter. Garlic is known for it's natural antimicrobial and antibiotic qualities. Ginger is soothing for digestion and warming for the circulatory system. Turmeric is naturally anti inflammatory and immune enhancing, also aiding digestion. Cayenne pepper is beneficial for sore throats and boosting circulation. These ingredients, combined with the expectorant qualities of onion and the alkalising qualities of the apple cider vinegar make a great all round immune boosting elixir.
How to use your Herbal Immune Elixir
My favourite way of using this herbal elixir is simply as a dressing for foods, I will pour a tablespoon over a salad to give it an extra kick of flavour or pour over steamed vegetables. For a delicious night time hot toddy, mix your Herbal Immune Elixir with warm apple juice. During the winter months, blend this herbal elixir with a little water and gargle for a sore throat. Those who are brave enough may wish to dose this herbal elixir straight off the spoon.
Variations on the Herbal Immune Elixir Recipe
Adding a tablespoon of natural honey to this mixture after straining will add a pleasant sweetness to this herbal elixir and enhance the antimicrobial qualities of the herbal ingredients. You can try adding other herbs too, the following additions can help to boost the medicinal qualities of this herbal elixir:
- For sore throats add 1-2 tablespoons of sage or thyme
- For coughs add 1-2 teaspoons of fennel seeds or caraway seeds
Tips and Tricks
Turmeric is not always available fresh, so I try to take advantage of the availability of this herbal ingredient when it is in abundance. I usually prepare a couple of bottles of this Herbal Immune Elixir at a time so that we always have some on hand any time of the year. It is wise to wear gloves when preparing the herbs for this formula, especially when preparing the turmeric. Use the leftover grated herbs from making your Herbal Immune Elixir in stir fries or your next batch of kim chi.
Once you have made your first batch of this Herbal Immune Elixir you may wonder how you have managed without it.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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