Immunity is built over time, not overnight.
It is a combination of physical activity, eating nutrient dense food, staying hydrated, resting and recovering day after day. Adding foods that are anti-inflammatory in nature and have anti-oxidants helps us function better. This particular recipe should be used as a part of your wellbeing mantra.
I have been having this morning drink for years now. It harnesses the true power of spices, from anti- inflammatory properties to their anti-oxidants. This recipes harnesses the power of your spice box.
- 1 nutmeg grated
- 2 star anise
- 2 black cardamom
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cloves
- 2 inch Malathi sticks (licorice root)
- Fresh Haldi or 1 tbsp powder
- 1 large piece cinnamon bark
- Ginger as shown
Malathi is easily available.
Cinnamon is often confused with Cassia. They should be treated as separate foods, both from a nutritional and a health standpoint. Cassia should not be consumed regularly in large amounts. This recipe uses Cinnamon not Cassia
I grind the dry spices into a fine powder along with the ginger and keep in the fridge.
This stays for a long time.
To prepare I add about 1 heaped tsp to a cup of water and boil for 5 to 10 mins. If tulsi is available I add it at this point else beetle leaf also works well.
I add the juice of half a lime and drink it while warm
You can add a little honey if you like, I don't
Honey is a form of sugar. Most commercial brands are just sugar syrup. So be careful while buying honey. Real honey is expensive and will start to crystallise when left out for long.
This recipe is really based on spice availability
If you are going to drink this once in a while then you can add a little of each and boil it in the water like you would for tea.
Or just make a powder of the dry spices and store. That will last long.
Also check my Super Seed Powder