Immunity Boosting All Natural Elixir [Vegan] [Quarantine Day 36]

Right now, in addition to staying home and maintaining social distancing, we need to build our immunity to stay physically healthy. We also need to eat foods that will build mental stamina and help us stay positive.

That’s why I dug through my 30+year-old recipe book, looking for a home remedy that boosts immunity and found this recipe. It’s made from gooseberry, a fruit that has natural immunity-boosting properties.


This concoction of herbs and spices is all natural elixir that helps protect the body from bacterial and viral infections. It also improves respiratory health.

It’s my version of yet another commercially available Ayurvedic formulation of herbs and spices. My version however, is dry, cause I use the powdered form of Gooseberry. And I prefer to use honey due to its low glycemic index.

It’s easy to make and delicious tasting. Best of all, it’s in powder form, so it has a long shelf-life – can be stored for years even.

INGREDIENTS

SPICES

  • 1 tbsp Dry Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper [whole]
  • 1 tbsp Green Cardamom kernels
  • 1 tsp Cloves [whole]
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

DIRECTIONS

  • In a coffee grinder, grind all the spices into a fine powder.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the spices with the Gooseberry powder.
  • Store in an airtight container – preferably in a cool place. I store mine in the refrigerator.

USAGE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Take two teaspoons of the gooseberry+spice mix and add enough honey to make a thick paste.
  • You can add 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter) to it if you aren’t a vegan. [optional]
  • Eat this with your breakfast every morning.

NOTES

  • Gooseberry is a fruit that has natural disease-fighting properties.
  • Honey has a lower glycemic index than even Jaggery which is used in the commercially available ayurvedic formulation
  • Keeping the formulation in powder form means it has a long shelf-life.
  • The commercially available formulation doesn’t have turmeric in it. I, however, like to add turmeric to all my remedies, lol.
  • I am old-fashioned and swear by the beneficial properties of ghee. However not everyone shares my views on that and that’s why ghee is optional in this recipe.
Image credit Larry Jacobsen (flickr)

 

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