It’s that time of year again, the time of the sicklings. Well, I guess the second time of year for Edmonton because the first time everyone is sick is when it starts getting cold and now we’re getting the second wave of sickness because it’s been months and, you guessed it, IT’S STILL SO COLD.
Now I haven’t gotten sick yet, (probably just jinxed myself) but everyone surrounding me has been sick for weeks so I’m feeling either invincible or like I’m going to be sick any second now. BUT I snagged a giant bag of oranges for 50% off at the grocery store this morning so I’ve decided to fight as hard as I can against the sickness. Vitamin C power, baby.
I keep up with my foodie trends and I’ve noticed that tonics have been on the rise lately, so what better to make with my vitamin packed oranges than an immunity boosting tonic?
Side note here – what even is a tonic? I’ve always heard the word and just kind of gone along with it, but what sets a tonic apart from your average joe drink? I’m googling it. OK according to dictionary.com, a tonic is described as, “a medicine that invigorates or strengthens.” Ahhhh, so does that mean a gin & tonic will heal me? Hehe I’m all for that! JK I don’t think that’s the same kind of tonic (which confuses me). So tonics are all powerful healing drinks, boo-yah.
So what makes this guy a tonic, you ask? Have a seat, my friend, I gotcha. Let’s just list the ingredients here:
- Fresh Orange Juice: B and C vitamins to seriously boost that immune system and energy levels.
- Fresh Lemon Juice: also a great source of vitamin C and promotes hydration.
- Turmeric Root: contains a powerful compound called curcumin which is a natural anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties in circumin play a huge role in the inflammatory pathway in the body, helping to fight off chronic illness (which is why it’s so great in this tonic).
- Ginger Root: contains gingerol which is also a powerful source of anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory qualities. Ginger has been shown to reduce nausea and indigestion, boost your immune system, and relieve muscle pain and soreness, just to name a few key benefits.
- Cinnamon: is another substance that is a strong anti-inflammatory and source of anti-oxidants, and helps fight off foreign invaders in the body to keep you from getting sick.
- Raw Honey: a great source of antioxidants, is antibacterial and anti-fungal and aids the body’s healing process.
So yeah, it’s a tonic. And not the Gin and Tonic kind of tonic, the real healing kind. So if you’re feeling a little under the weather and think your immune system could use a boost, or if you’re like me and just want to prevent what seems like the inevitable at this point, be nice to your body and give this tasty tonic a try.
Immunity Boosting Orange Turmeric Tonic
- 1 orange, peeled and quartered
- 1 lemon, peeled and quartered
- 2 Tbsp turmeric root
- 2 Tbsp ginger root
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp raw honey (adjust according to how sweet you want it)
- ½ – 1 cup water
- Juice your orange, lemon, turmeric root, and ginger root.
- Add cinnamon, raw honey, and water, and blend until well combined. Enjoy!