How To Make A Spicy Immune Supporting Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

Apple cider vinegar is useful for lots of reasons: it helps balance your pH, improves digestion through gut healthy enzymes and bacteria, and can lower cholesterol. ACV is a staple in our house because it can be used for just about anything (seriously, try Googling any ailment you face + ACV. The results are outstanding!). I've used ACV to cure athlete's foot, used it as a facial toner for clear skin, and also applied it my cat's fur to prevent and treat fleas.

One of the best ways to increase your energy, support your immune system, and improve your overall health is through drinking ACV daily. If you're coming down with a cold, or want to stimulate your immune system in a healthy, natural way, creating this spicy immune supporting tea is a perfect way to do that. 

How To Make A Spicy Immune Supporting Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a vinegar made from fermented apples. Because ACV includes acetic and lactic acid, it makes ACV an antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral (Stanway, Dr. Penny (2010). The Miracle of Apple Cider Vinegar.) Buying raw, organic, unpasteurized ACV includes the 'mother', which is why ACV is so healthy for you. The 'mother' includes lots of raw digestive enzymes from being unpasteurized, helping with digestion. The 'mother' also proves that the vinegar's not been filtered, like most conventional vinegars.

Here's what the 'mother' should look like at the bottom of your bottle:

Thank you to the Gerson Institute for the lovely GIF!

Apple cider vinegar can also help with preventing the flu and colds, which is great when you're around little ones, working in / around schools and other public places, or out in the public at all (hello, grocery stores and coffee shops!). 

Garlic And Ginger And Lemon: Oh My!

Garlic is one of nature's most well known natural antibiotics. If you're feeling a bit sick, eating a clove of minced garlic with honey is a great way to boost your immunity. Mincing or chopping garlic produces Allicin, which creates an even stronger medicinal effect because of it's antibiotic property (Weaver, Rachel (2012). Be Your Own Doctor.

Ginger helps improves circulation and digestion. It's also great for nausea (anyone else ever eaten ginger candies while flying or boating? This is why!). Lemon helps improve your overall immunity through vitamin C and helps break down food in your stomach. According to Global Healing Center on adding lemon juice to your water:

"Not only does this help aid your liver function, but also promotes healthier skin, and even helps soothe minor throat and respiratory problems."

This tea includes all these goodies, which makes it perfect for the cold weather / changing seasons. As always, look for organic versions of these and be sure to soak in a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar to remove germs, pesticides and dirt.

How To Make A Spicy Immune Supporting Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

I drink this a few different ways. Below is my recipe for a spicy immune support apple cider vinegar tea. Here is what you'll need. Feel free to mix it up, lowering and raising the ingredients depending on what your body wants.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp of organic, with the 'mother', apple cider vinegar. I prefer Bragg's or Spectrum brands
  • 2 long slices of fresh ginger, or 1 tbsp freshly minced ginger
  • 8 oz of filtered, clean, fresh water
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 2 clove of garlic
  • dash of cayenne
  • honey to taste

Directions

  1. Heat up your water; if you want honey in your tea, add it now to the bottom of your mug. You can always add more later if it's not enough. Adding the honey now helps it dissolve with your other ingredients once the water's added.
  2. While your water is heating up, slice up some ginger, or freshly mince some ginger. Add the ginger to your mug. 
  3. Mince your 1/2 - 1 clove of garlic and add to your mug
  4. Add a dash of cayenne powder, or leave out if you don't dig the spice.
  5. Add the apple cider vinegar.
  6. Once your water has boiled, carefully pour it into your mug, on top of the other ingredients.
  7. Mix and cover for a few minutes, so the heat can work its way around the garlic and ginger. 
  8. Once it's cooled down a bit, taste & enjoy, or add more honey!

Tips

  • If you're drinking this tea particularly to fight off a cold, or to prevent one, up your lemon juice for additional vitamin C. 
  • I personally love ginger, so I add lots. Experiment what tastes right for you :)
  • There's no 'wrong' way to make this tea: figure out what tastes right for you and tap into your body about what it needs.
  • If you want to invite better digestion, add more ginger.
  • Cayenne powder helps clean your blood and get your blood cleansed. This cleansing and warming affect always feels delightful when you're coming down with a cold! 
  • If you wanna get crazy, add some whiskey, which has been touted as a cold remedy
  • When you're done with the tea, either eat the ginger and garlic at the bottom, or make another tea by heating up more water and adding more fresh ginger and garlic. 

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