By Diana Waldron (Recycled from June/July 2017, Edition 21)
Photos: Courtesy of ImmuneSchein
Digestive issues are prevalent in today’s world. Many people suffer from weakened immune systems that continue to be depleted by their stressful environments. Ancient cultures have used ginger for thousands of years to aid digestion, relieve nausea and reduce inflammation. An old Indian proverb states, “Everything good is found in ginger,” and Ayurvedic texts refer to ginger as a “universal great medicine.” Even NASA uses ginger to alleviate nausea for their astronauts in space.
Most health food remedies use ginger juice or dried ginger. For ImmuneSchein Ginger Elixirs, we use only fresh organic ginger root, creating a powerful flavor packed with nutrients. The combination of ginger with lemon and honey has been used for centuries by different medicinal traditions. Lemon juice, which contains vitamin C, is a powerful immune-boosting antioxidant. It supports the cleansing of the body and the release of waste materials, such as free radicals. Foods that are high in vitamin C help the body battle colds and flus.
Ayurveda has used honey for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used honey in their medicinal treatments for wounds. To promote longevity, the ancient Greeks consumed honey. When honey is combined with other spices or herbs, the power of those ingredients is enhanced and travels deeper into the bodily tissues. Studies reveal that honey can be used to fight infections, soothe the throat, treat colds, keep allergies under control, support the respiratory system and relieve acid reflux.
Handcrafted in the Hudson Valley, ImmuneSchein Ginger Elixirs are helpful for digestive issues, respiratory problems, sinus problems, inflammatory conditions, acid reflux, motion sickness, colds, flus and allergies. Just three whole-food ingredients make up the Classic Ginger Elixir—organic ginger, organic lemon juice and New York State wildflower honey. No powders, preservatives or additives are used.
Seven other ginger elixirs are created by infusing our Classic with one other ingredient—turmeric root, elderberries, lavender buds, hibiscus flowers, Ceylon cinnamon sticks, local garlic or cardamom pods. Turmeric is known to help reduce inflammation, detoxify the liver and relieve pain. Many arthritis-sufferers are prescribed turmeric by their doctors. Ceylon cinnamon helps maintain healthy blood-sugar levels and reduces high cholesterol levels. With antioxidants and high vitamin C levels, hibiscus aids in maintaining fluid balance in the body. Elderberry is commonly taken for colds, sinus issues and respiratory problems. Garlic, known for being antibacterial, is used for colds. When people use lavender, they often feel a sense of relaxation and calmness—a break from their busy, hectic lives. Cardamom is similar to ginger in its ability to support the gastrointestinal system.
Many people mix about one ounce of their ImmuneSchein Ginger Elixir in a mug of hot water, while others take it straight as a shot. The opportunities for creative recipes with ImmuneSchein are endless: Enjoy it in sparkling water as a ginger ale or in juices and smoothies. It can also be used in cocktails such as Moscow Mules, or mixed with other spices and olive oil as a salad dressing.
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