Flu Shot Immunity Elixir

If you feel that tickle in your throat this is a great shot to take throughout the day.  I enjoy this warm like a soup broth-like tea.  Read more in my Fernie Fix Magazine article here.

The Flu “Shot” Immunity Elixir

  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 3 coin size pieces of ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 ½ Cups water
  • 1-2 Tbsp raw unpasteurized honey (if you add vinegar, increase the amount of honey)

Optional add ins:

  • 1 immune boosting herbal tea bag (Echinacea, rosehip, cinnamon, turmeric)
  • 1 tsp of reishi mushroom powder
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (containing the mother)
  • 2 oz goji berry juice

Place peeled garlic and coins of ginger on a cutting board.  With the end of a knife, smash the cloves and coins to release their volatile oils and juices.

Add the water, ginger and garlic to a pot and bring to a boil covered. Add an immune supporting tea bag or reishi mushroom powder at this point.  Simmer covered for 10 minutes. 

Remove pot from heat and let it cool to room temperature.  One liquid is cooled to a warm tea, strain and stir in honey and lemon juice.  Drink a shot or sip throughout the day.  Feel free to eat the garlic too!  This lasts for 4 days in the fridge. 

Homemade Rooibos Masala Chai Concentrate

Rooibos Masala Chai Concentrate

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Finally the snow is falling again in the little town of Fernie and the cold snap is over!  There's nothing better on a winters day than a homemade Chai.  I fell in love with Chai when my family went to India and Nepal for my Mom's 60th birthday.  We trekked through the Himalayan Mountains as a family and sipped on many-a-chai together.  The "starbucks" in India is a man in a tiny "storefront" (the size of a closet) making chai over a potbelly stove. It is served with milk and sweetener. The milk is raw, right from the holy cows that roam the streets freely. The spices and herbs that make this grounding and fragrant tea can vary but are based on cardamom, ginger and local Indian and ayurvedic spices.  The reason I don't call it chai tea is because chai is the hindi word for tea, so chai tea translates to tea tea. Masala is hindi for "mixed spice". So Masala Chai is: mixed spice tea.  

Masala Chai is traditionally made with black tea.  Black tea has a high caffeine content when steeped as long as this recipe.  I am very sensitive to caffeine so I substituted the black tea for the caffeine free rooibos tea.  Rooibos, pronounced ROY-bos, meaning red bush, is grown in South Africa.  According to Natural News, Rooibos is better for you than green tea!  It brews to a beautiful red colour and adds another benificial herb to this tea.  

Make this before a dinner party and it will fill your kitchen with a warming aroma.  Serve warm as an apres! Om Shanti.

Rooibos Masala Chai Concentrate

  • 4½ Cups Water

  • 10 Rooibos tea bags (or 10 tsp of loose leaf tea)

  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks or ½ tsp cinnamon

  • 3 Coin Sized pieces of Ginger, smashed

  • 10 Cardamom Pods, crushed

  • 2 Whole Star Anise Pods

  • ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper

  • ¼  tsp fresh ground nutmeg

  • 1 tsp orange zest

  • 15 whole cloves

  • ½  tsp Vanilla Powder (1 Tbsp Extract)

  • ¼ Cup Honey or stevia, to taste (optional)

Bring water to a boil.  Add spices, (and vanilla powder, not extract) and tea, reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and let steep for an additional 10 minutes.  Strain entire mixture in a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth and add sweetener and vanilla extract if you didn’t add vanilla powder. Pour into a 1L mason jar or other airtight storage container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Alternatively, the concentrate may be frozen for up to six months, so consider freezing the concentrate as ice cubes to reheat in single size portions. Serve cold with nut milk in a ratio of 1:1 or hot heat 1/2 cup Rooibos Chai Concentrate with 1/2 cup almond milk and enjoy thoroughly.

Morning Detox Tea

In the winter, I am all about hot drinks.  I love me some tea.  I have a hard time with cold beverages on a -23 (windchill of -35) day like today, so before my breakfast I take a moment and meditate with this wonderful warming Morning Detox Tea.

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Lemon water in the morning is a ritual in Ayurveda and Yogic traditions.  That is juice of half a lemon in filtered or spring water.  There are many beautiful benefits to lemon water:

  1. Stimulates digestion (gets your digestive juices flowing)
  2. Kicks starts metabolism
  3. Detoxifying -stimulates liver and cleans digestive organs
  4. Alkalizing (although an "acid", lemon juice is alkalizing after metabolism) 
  5. Anti-inflammatory
  6. Supports immune function (high in vitamin C)

The ginger in this tea is very warming, balancing and grounding.  It helps sooth the intestinal tract and is incredibly anti-inflammatory!  This can help balance a green smoothie which can be un-grounding for some people.

Just thinking of cayenne makes me feel warm.  Beyond it's high amounts of antioxidant vitamin A, cayenne has been widely studied for it's cardiovascular benefits.  It aids in blood flow and speeds up metabolism.  This really speaks to me when I want to keep my extremities warm while skiing.  Cayenne or capsicum can be harmful to people allergic or sensitive to the nightshade family, so this ingredient is optional.

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Morning Detox Tea

  • 500 ml Filtered or Spring Water
  • Juice of half a Lemon
  • Grated Ginger to taste or Ginger Tea Bag
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Stevia (optional)

Pour a 250ml of boiling water over ginger & cayenne. Steep covered for 5-10 minutes.  Add 250ml cool water and then add lemon juice.  Sweeten with Stevia if desired. Enjoy peacefully. 

Nourish Notes:

Vitamin C is very susceptible to heat degradation.  To avoid decreasing vitamin C content of lemon juice always add to warm or cool liquids. 

Tea should always be steeped covered to keep it's nutritional and medicinal qualities.  This way the volatile oils stay in the tea and do not evaporate.