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Regardless of how you’re feeling now, having this ginger tonic recipe at your fingertips can be a great help when the first signs of nausea, a cold or sniffles occur. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory with many benefits and has been used in the past to treat a whole host of illnesses.
Ginger contains gingerol, a bioactive substance in fresh ginger, which can help inhibit bacterial growth and also lower the risk of infections. It’s said to be very effective also, in reducing morning sickness although pregnant women must consult their doctor if they are looking to consume excessive amounts.
Within this tonic, there’s also lemon which is a great source of vitamin C and can also, like ginger, help prevent infections. Teamed with black pepper, also containing anti-bacterial properties and considered an anti-congestent, as well as turmeric, it’s a little powerhouse of goodness.
This makes 4 portions so you can either drink it throughout the day or keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days and mix with hot water and honey when required. Use local honey for the best results – it can also help with alleviating hayfever when taken over time!
- 4 inches fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 inch turmeric
- 1/2 lemon (without rind)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup hot water
- Honey to taste
- Blend the ginger, turmeric, lemon, black pepper with the hot water until smooth.
- Either drink immediately and portion into four, adding a teaspoon of good quality honey to each cup and topping up with hot water, or leave to cool before pouring into a clean bottle with a lid. Keep refrigerated until required and then mix with honey and top with hot water.
- Keep refrigerated for maximum 3 days.