I thank Kristin Prevallet for bringing this excellent zesty brew to my attention. She takes it at the first sign of a cold or flu. It’s also helpful for relieving sinus congestion from any cause. Kristin Prevallet is a poet, essayist, lecturer, performer, change worker, translator, and certified hypnotherapist (excellent, BTW) living in New York City. You might also want to check out her interesting site: Trance Poetics.
The recipe and image are from Lizzie Fuhr’s FitSugar site.
See the notes below on the health benefits of the ingredients in this brew.
1/4 -3/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup Bragg unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey , preferably raw
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 wedge lemon
1. Bring water to a boil.
2. Combine hot water and apple cider vinegar in a small glass or mug.
3. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Top off with a squeeze of lemon.
4. Take a deep breath of the mixture and start sipping.
NOTE ON APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is organic, raw, unpasturized, unfiltered, naturally gluten free, and certified non-GMO. It contains the amazing ‘Mother of Vinegar’ which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules.
Its health benefits include:
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This vinegar is a prebiotic food. Pectin, contained in the fermented apple cider, promotes healthy digestion by encouraging the growth of good probiotic bacteria in our guts. For more information, see Is Apple Cider Vinegar a Probiotic?
NOTE ON HONEY
Honey has been used for at least 2,500 years by cultures around the world for its medicinal properties: It is an antioxidant; has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties – making it good for wound healing; is a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, calcium and iron; converts easily into glucose; helps digest stored body fat; rejuvenates hair and skin; boosts athletic performance. And of course it tastes deliciously sweet. For more information see Health Benefits of Honey.
NOTE ON CAYENNE PEPPER
Cayenne pepper has long been used for its health benefits: It has anti-irritant properties; is an anti-viral agent; has anti-fungal properties; helps prevent migraine headaches; helps prevent and relieve allergy symptoms; is a digestive aid; reduces inflammation; stimulates saliva; reduces atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots; stimulates circulation; increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms; causes sweating which aids in detoxifaction; relieves joint pain; has anti-bacterial properties; may prevent lung cancer in smokers; supports weight loss; normalizes blood pressure; is useful in the treatment of tooth and gum disease; and makes a useful poultice for treating snake bites, rheumatism, sores, wounds and lumbago. For more information see 17 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper.
NOTE ON LEMON JUICE
The antibacterial and antifungal properties in lemons make them a natural alternative for treating acne. Their citric acid helps gradually fade dark spots and blemishes on the skin. Lemon juice mixed with baking soda makes a good tooth whitener. Wiping it on the skin removes excess oil. Lemon juice mixed with hair conditioner brightens hair color. Lemon juice mixed with olive oil conditions weak and brittle nails and whitens yellowing nails. It can be used to calm dry scalp and remedy dandruff. It exfoliates and soothes chapped lips. A face and body wash made from lemon juice, plain yogurt and an essential oil like lavender or chamomile can be massaged onto the skin to remove dirt and bacteria while also moisturizing at the same time. For more information see 9 Awesome Facts About Lemons You Should Know.
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