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Immune Boosting Recipes

With having little kids at home who attend school or daycare it’s hard not to get sick throughout the year. We pick up all the germs, and it’s important to remember how easy it is for children to pickup germs, and how easily their immune system repairs and becomes stronger to fight the next cold or virus. Throughout this pandemic we’ve heard a lot about vaccinations and little to nothing about ways to boost natural immunity.

The human immune system  protects the body from outside invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins. The function of the immune system is to protect the body against disease and this protection is called immunity. There are three types of immunity. Innate, adaptive, and passive immunity. We are all born with innate or natural immunity. The best example of this is the skin, who acts as a barrier to block germs from entering the body. Adaptive immunity develops throughout ones life by being exposed to disease and/or by immunized against disease by way of vaccinations. Passive immunity is sort of borrowed from another source as it lasts for a short time. A good example of passive immunity is babies receiving mothers breastmilk receives temporary immunity. Another good example, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or Moderna because of their transmission being DNA they provide only temporary immunity against Covid-19 requiring a booster shot which is less effective every time it’s taken.

The world has been largely focused on vaccinating for a virus with an early predicted recovery rate of 97%- 99.75% . If chances of recovery from Covid are so great why aren’t we talking about how to boost our immune system as to prepare it for the fight ahead? Preparing the body to fight at its absolute best. The biggest proponent of fighting any virus or disease is to keep a healthy diet, but also a healthy lifestyle; get enough daily exercise (30 minutes a day), and enough rest, eat nutritious foods, consume enough water, and take care of the mental health.  These recipes are intended to be added to an already healthy diet to boost the immune system for optimum health and immunity. 


If you’re one of those adults who enjoys a more holistic approach to medicine or one of those parents who is concerned with chemical ingredient labels these recipes are for you. Recipes rich in vitamins, made with natural kitchen ingredients, delicious natural medicinal recipes your child will love. Here are the top three recipes we use to keep our family healthy, and i’ll list the benefits.

  1. Turmeric Ginger Honey Lemon Bomb
  2. Fire Cider
  3. Elder Berry Syrup

The recommended amount for each recipe is 1 tablespoon per day or 3x tablespoons per day when sick.

Turmeric Ginger Honey Lemon Bomb

Take this turmeric ginger honey lemon bomb daily or when you're sick to help reduce the symptoms and aid in healing.
Turmeric contains bioactive compounds with medicinal properties. In order to help absorption of the curcumin (extract of cumin) it helps to consume Black Pepper which contains piperine. Peperine is natural and helps enhance absorption. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Turmeric can increase the antioxidant capacity of the body. Curcmin may lower the risk of heart disease. Ginger, certain chemical compounds in fresh ginger help the body ward off germs. they're especially good at halting growth of bacteria like E. Coli, Shigella, and viruses like RSV. Keeps oral bacteria from growing. Ginger can calm nausea, and soothe sore muscles, and ease arthritis symptoms. Some studies show the bioactive molecules in ginger may slow down growth of some cancers like colorectal, gastric, ovarian, liver, breast, and prostate cancer. Lemons and limes have several shared health benefits. Both fruits contain loads of vitamin C. An important antioxidant protecting cells against damage. Vitamin C aids in the production collagen which is important for healing wounds. Honey is an age old medicine dating back to 2100 BC. Researchers believe its most important health benefit comes from its antioxidant content. Honey is nutritious for many reasons it helps fight bacterial growth, wound healing, relieve's coughs, treats diarrhea. Honey contains potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, maganese, vitamin b6 and folate.
Prep Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 sticks Turmeric Sticks - Chopped
  • 2 TBSP Whole & Ground Peppercorn
  • 6 Lemons
  • 3 Limes
  • 1 Bottle Raw Honey (quality honey)

Instructions

  • Chop Turmeric and ginger finely
  • Slice Lemons and limes into 1/4 slices
  • add all ingredients (Turmeric, pepper, ginger, lemon, lime) to jar and cover with honey

Fire Cider

Fire Cider is an old folk recipe coined by an herbalist named Rosemary Gladstar in the 1970's. Fire Cider is a tonic herbal remedy meant to boost immunity and improve well-being. The formula for has been reproduced, adapted, used and sold by thousands of herbalist.
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits. Apple cider vinegar can kill resistant bacteria which usually cause infection. Some evidence suggest ACV can improve body composition by reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. ACV also contains high antioxidant levels. Horse radish is commonly used to address sinus issues, common colds, coughs, and urinary and respiratory infections. Onion a common household ingredient is rich in nutrients. Evidence suggest onion may help reduce the risk of stomach and colorectal cancers. Onion is also a good source of Vitamin C. Garlic may be used to help prevent a vast variety of conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and certain types of cancers.
Prep Time15 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Organic Lemon
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Organic Ginger
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Organic Horse Radish
  • 1 TBSP Turmeric
  • 1/4 Tsp Organic Cayenne Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Rosemary Leaves
  • 1 bottle Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Raw Honey

Instructions

  • Prepare the roots, fruits, herbs and place them in the glass jar.
  • Pour the apple cider vinegar until all the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the top of the jar.
  • Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal or use a plastic lid.
  • store in a dark cool place for a month and remember to shake daily.
  • after one month use a cheese cloth to strain out the pul, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Squeeze out all of the juice out of the pulp while straining, this is all the good stuff.
  • add the honey and stir well to fully incorporated.
  • Taste cider and add more honey if you prefer.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup is expensive, and you can save some by making it at home and having it year round for immune support. The benefits of Elderberry is that they are packed with Antioxidants and vitamins. They help tame inflammation, lessen stress, and protect the heart too. Elderberries have antiviral properties and are often recommended for Cold and Flu symptoms . Here is our at our home Elderberry Recipe, and keep in mind you can purchase dried elderberry on amazon!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Dried Elderberries
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 3 Sticks Cinnamon
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Cup Raw Honey

Instructions

  • In a large pot add water, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and elderberries to a boil
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half about 40-45 minutes.
  • Allow the liquid to cool, then drain the liquid using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
  • press all liquid out of berries using the back of wooden spoon.
  • add the raw honey and mix well
  • store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

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