Lately I have playing around with making elixirs.
But…what is an elixir you ask? It can be defined as
A substance believed to maintain life indefinitely. Also called elixir of life.
A substance or medicine believed to have the power to cure all ills.
I use herbs in my personal and professional life daily. I am really interested in learning and sharing easy ways for myself and clients to implement food and herbs as medicine on a daily basis.
I have been battling a bit of sinusitis recently, so todays elixir is focusing on boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, and clearing the head and sinuses.
What I used:
Organic turmeric – used to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. Promotes movement of qi and blood in the body which in turn promotes healing.
Organic ginger – pungent and spicy – also great for inflammation and swelling, aid the digestion, and helps with headaches
Organic local mint – goes to the head to open the orifices like the sinuses, helps with headaches, aids the digestion, connects with the liver (which helps move stagnation)
Organic orange – I made sure to choose organic oranges today as I wanted to use the peels as well as the juice. I used the peels for help move qi and reduce phlegm. I used the juice as a sweetener and it is also high in vitamin C – immunity boosting!
Organic Goji Berries – I chose goji berries to add some sweetness to this elixir, it is also a blood tonic and connects to the liver – are you sensing a pattern here? Getting stuck stuff moving!
Organic local Basil – ohh basil has so much goodness in it ! Anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, it is an adaptogen, anti-bacterial, ant-microbial to name a few!
Organic apple cider vinegar – reduce phlegm and swelling
Lemon juice – alkaline and vitamin C rich.
It is important to not over-cook some of these herbs. I bring a BIG pot of water to boil on the stove and add the peeled ginger, turmeric, orange peel, goji berries and let simmer for 30 minutes. Then I will add the lemon and orange juice, mint, basil, ACV, turn off the heat and let sit for no more than 5 minutes.
The roots and heavier more dense herbs should be boiled longer to fully extract their beneficial properties. Leaves and lighter plants should be added last and not cooked longer than 5 minutes – you want to keep the aromatic properties.
Lastly, I filter out all the herb stuff and enjoy my elixir warm in a nice big mug. I store the extra in glass jars in the fridge and it can be consumed like ice tea or re- heated!