DIY Natural Flu Shot

This recipe is the creation of Talia Chai, registered holistic nutritionist and clean foods chef. For more dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free recipes, check out Talia’s cookbook, Clean Eating here. Warning – recipes are designed to make you feel extra fabulous, bursting with energy and give you super glowing skin!

No, you won’t be injecting this shot! This flu “shot” is something you can make any time of year as maintenance, or as soon as you feel any cold or flu symptoms coming on.

This health elixir is very simple to make. Just stir all the ingredients together, add warm water, pour and sip.

Key Ingredients to Boost Your Immune System

Here’s how the all-star ingredients in this shot work their magic:

Turmeric:

  • The active component of turmeric, curcumin, is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Lemon:

  • Lemons are a great source of vitamin C which helps supports the immune system.

Raw Honey:

  • Raw honey can be very soothing for sore throats.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) lists honey as a demulcent, which is a substance that relieves irritation in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film.

Ginger Root:

  • Ginger contains antibacterial properties which can enhance immune function. This is especially handy when you feel like you’re coming down with something!

Cayenne Pepper:

  • Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving mucus out of the body.

Natural “Flu Shot” Recipe

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free, Vegan

Yield: 4 shots

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of hot water

  • 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric

  • Juice form 1 lemon

  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey

  • 3” knob fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated (about 1 Tablespoon, grated)

  • 3 cracks of black peppercorn

  • small pinch cayenne pepper

  • optional:

  • a few drops of oregano of oil

  • OR 1/2 garlic clove, minced

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Let it steep for 3-5minutes.

  3. Pour into shot glasses and enjoy!

References:

http://time.com/3447112/4-things-you-didnt-know-about-honey/

Sebiomo A, et al. Comparative studies of antibacterial effect of some antibiotics and ginger (Zingiber officinale) on two pathogenic bacteria. Micro and Antimicro 2011; 3(1):18-22.

https://draxe.com/cayenne-pepper-benefits/

Wongvibulsin, Shannon. “A Guide to Natural Ways to Alleviate Allergy and Sinusitis Symptoms.” Explore Integrative Medicine, UCLA Health, 2014. Accessed 27 Feb. 2017.

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Talia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clean Foods Chef, Cookbook Author and Yoga Instructor and Chef Superstar at The Hearty Soul. Talia’s approach to wellness focuses on helping you tap into your unique intuition as you embrace imperfections to facilitate growth and become the best version of you, possible. You can follow her on Instagram . Visit our Facebook page for Real Food Live recipes!
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