I concocted a little shot today that I wanted to share with everyone.
I initially made this mixture as an energy shot and have done so in the past by juicing ginger root. Ginger root is a warming remedy as it increases blood circulation and lowers blood pressure. It will also put some pep in your step if you shoot it straight. I'm personally not a big fan of the taste of ginger, so I wanted to add something naturally sweet with it.
Not everyone has access to a juicer. They're wonderful and I highly recommend using them for adding vitamins and minerals to your diet without having to eat loads of vegetables. But expensive and timely to use and clean up. So instead, I wanted to create a juice shot that didn't require a juicer but merely a hand juicer for the oranges.
Here's what I put in it:
- 2 small oranges hand juiced (approximately 1/2 cup of orange juice)
- 1/2 inch ginger root finely grated by hand
- A pinch of ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon or less of raw honey
Easy as that. Mix and enjoy.
While I made this for energy, I realized these ingredients also have a lot of immune system support benefits, as well as anti-inflammatory qualities. The ginger root is a natural herb for inflammatory and is recommended for fighting colds/the flu. Turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs around with its anti-inflammatory benefits. Studies show that turmeric is as powerful as many prescription level medications on the market for anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, pain killers, arthritis, cholesterol fighters, etc. The bottom line is this: a pinch is a good addition no matter who you are. Oranges contain a ton of Vitamin C, which we know is vital for supporting our immune system in fighting away illness. And the honey is just in case you're not a fan of the bitter taste of ginger.