Over the past few months I’ve been researching the topic of herbal antivirals and herbal antibacterials. I’ve learned a lot to say the least. My family’s supply of immune boosting tonics, tinctures, herbs, etc is damn impressive, and if our house ever caught on fire, I’d probably grab as much of those as I could instead of my laptop, etc. Ha! Seriously though, I feel empowered to kick anything’s ass that comes my family’s way.
Entered into our home: the flu.
We had the flu in our house with our little one recently, and in my determination to heal her in record speed (which she did), and preventing my husband and me from getting it, I created this crazy wonderful drink, Golden Immunity. It’s filled with everything the body needs to nip the flu virus in the bud or help you prevent getting it, if you’re around people with influenza.
I made the drink on the spicy edge so I didn’t give it to Kamea. For Kamea, I did a number of other things from probiotics to lyposome encapsulated vitamin C plus vitamin D3/K2 drops, various tinctures like this Cherry Bark, this Astragalus, and this Dr. Christopher’s Echinacea Angustifolia, and homemade elderberry syrup (plus more) multiple times a day. (If you don’t make your elderberry syrup you can buy it here.)
Making Golden Immunity is a 3 step process to make it, but beyond worth it. There are no amounts listed in my rough outlined recipe, but I made a batch with 3 cups which Greg and I shared. Just eyeball everything because as long as you’re getting the following ingredients in, it’s immensely beneficial.
Step 1: Make Tea
- Take a small pot of cold filtered water and add a handful of licorice root (dried), astragalus root (dried), and chaga mushroom (dried). The licorice root is antiviral, while the astragalus root and chaga specialize in being strongly immune boosting.
- Heat it to a simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Longer is better, but I was in a rush. While it’s simmering, work on step 2.
Step 2: Make Juice
- Get out a juicer (I used our Hurom for this because it’s quick), and juice a few knobs of fresh turmeric root, a few knobs of fresh ginger root, fresh lemon grass (2 stalks), a whole organic meyer lemon (or regular organic lemon or lime), and a few sprigs of fresh thyme. The ginger and thyme are potently antiviral for influenza. Ginger really helps when your lungs are sick, protects mucous membranes, and can help with fever, too.
Step 3: Blend
- Combine the tea (let it cool to under 110 – I use a Thermapen to see – so it doesn’t destroy other nutrients) with the juice in a blender. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of grassfed butter, a couple tablespoons of organic coconut oil, the zest of one organic orange, 5 to 10 drops of this cayenne tincture, and a big-ass glob of raw cinnamon honey. Blend it all up and enjoy its healing golden and spicy deliciousness.