Thanks must go to one of my lovely readers, Alex, who sent me the recipe. She said it originally came from Trim Healthy Mama. As usual, I've put my own spin on it (using fresh ginger instead of powdered, using raw honey instead of NuStevia powder and changing a couple of quantities to get the flavour I like!). You can use either raw honey or coconut sugar as your sweetener, or a Stevia product if you prefer. You won't have to heat the mixture if using Stevia. You'll probably want to reduce the amount too, as Stevia is super sweet. I prefer the flavour of the drink with honey more than anything else, but that's just my personal preference. Keep a bottle in the fridge and it won't last long!
Keep scrolling to read about all the health benefits of this drink!
Ingredients (to make 1 litre of drink):
- 1 L filtered water (about 1 quart)
- 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 3 teaspoons raw honey OR coconut sugar OR stevia/Natvia
- Thoroughly clean a 1 litre sized bottle (wash in boiling, soapy water and rinse thoroughly).
- If using honey or coconut sugar, put it in a saucepan with the water and gently heat, stirring, until the honey or coconut sugar is dissolved. Don't heat for any longer than necessary so you don't destroy the great nutrients in the raw honey.
- Add the apple cider vinegar and ginger and poor into your bottle. Leave for at least an hour to let flavours infuse. A whole day is even better.
- If using Stevia, simply place all ingredients in your jar with the lid tightly on and shake until mixed.
- Pour into glasses through a strainer if you don't want bits of ginger in your drink.
- If you still have any left after 24 hours, strain the ginger out of the bottle so it doesn't go rotten.
- Consume fresh ginger just before a meal to fire up the digestive juices.
- Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
- Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.
- Chew on ginger to combat airsickness or nausea (preferably tossed in a little honey).
- Ginger helps reduce flatulence!
- Reduce tummy moaning and groaning under cramps.
- The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can bring relief for joint pain. Float some ginger essential oil into your bath to help aching muscles and joints.
- Chewing ginger post-surgery can help overcome nausea.
- Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
- Spice up the bedroom.. Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with aphrodisiac properties.
Health benefits of raw apple cider vinegar (thanks to the Gerson Institute):
- Raw, unpasturised apple cider vinegar is best. You should see some strand-like sediment floating at the bottom. It’s called “the mother”, and it contains raw enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that promote healing. Possible benefits include:
- lowering glucose levels
- as a weight-loss aid, as it is said to help you feel fuller and eat less.
- The enzymes in apple cider vinegar promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and can help regulate candida issues.
- Relieving gas, bloating and heartburn
- Promoting alkalinity in the body, which is great for proper digestion and creating an inhospitable environment for cancer.
Raw honey is different from other honey because it has not been pasteurized, heated or processed in any way, and therefore contains many valuable benefits. Raw honey is full of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants. It has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Some of its benefits can include:
- Helps digestion
- Strengthens immune system
- Eliminates allergies (if you use LOCAL raw honey with local pollens)
- Stabilizes blood pressure
- Balances blood sugar
- Calms nerves
- Relieves pain
- Treats ulcers
- Sore throats
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