Yesterday I was at my whit’s end with my allergies. They have been so bad in the past few days that my symptoms have resembled more of the flu than allergies. My head felt like a thousand pounds and cloudy, my throat was scratchy from all of the phlegm and coughing, my body ached and I was seriously lacking in energy.
I was trying anything and everything that would cart off these symptoms in a dump truck; antihistamines, nasal spray, vitamin supplements, emergen-c. Gosh I was trying it all.
After doing some research, I decided my last ditch attempt to feel better would be a health elixir. A concoction of ingredients brewed together to create an all-in-one get well drink.
And using the word elixir makes me feel smart.
One of the most important things you can do when you’re sick is drink plenty of fluids to replenish what your body has lost, but this brew takes things to the next level. Not only does this concoction soothe your symptoms with cayenne’s anti-infammatory powers, but the apple cider vinegar boosts your immune system and energy levels to help you heal.
Even with one deep breath of this warm pungent drink, I was able to breathe through my nose again and felt less cloudy in my head. It worked that fast! I took a few sips and after the initial blah taste I actually grew to like it.
Even better, after I drank it I felt soooo much better.
Ready to give it a go?
Ingredients, makes 1 serving
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon juice, about 1/2 lemon
Start by bringing your water to a boil, if you have a tea kettle that works perfect. Combine the honey, cayenne, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in a cup. Add the hot water and mix well. Note: the cayenne has a hard time dissolving in the liquid so you’ll have to mix it up a few times while you drink it.
Take a deep breath of the mixture and start drinking.