a hot mug of immunity elixir and manuka honey

Sweet and Spicy Immunity Elixir

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It’s snowing outside right now. And after an oddly warm start to our winter, I still haven’t quite transitioned properly into winter wear. When possible, I can still be found rocking my leather jacket and Chuck Taylor’s. It’s no surprise that sitting at home on this cold afternoon, I have an equally nasty cold. All the usual suspects are there: congestion, a scratchy throat, low energy. I quickly set to work brewing an immune elixir. Don’t you just love the word ‘elixir’? It makes me feel like I’m drinking some kind of magical potion. And with this Sweet and Spicy Immunity Elixir, that might just be the case. If you’re feeling under the weather, the amazing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties of all this elixir’s ass kicking ingredients will have you back on your feet in no time. And it’ll do a number on any congestion you’ve got going on too. Bam! 

Now, a word of caution about the flavour: It is basically a tonic to ward off vampires. It’s pretty intense. It’s garlicky, and savoury, and the flavours change as the liquid moves along your tongue and down your throat. I like to keep a spoon in my cup so that I can stir the cayenne and oil back in as it separates. 

Sweet and Spicy Immunity Elixir
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Ingredients
  1. 1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled and thinly sliced
  2. 2 fingers of turmeric, thinly sliced
  3. 3" long piece of fresh ginger, sliced thinly
  4. 1 organic lemon, thinly sliced
  5. Manuka honey, raw honey, or maple syrup (sweeten to taste)
  6. cayenne (to taste)
  7. coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add garlic, turmeric, and ginger. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. When the first hour is up, add in the sliced lemon. Cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  3. Pour however much you want to drink through a strainer into a cup. All of the strained bits can go back in the pot to continue brewing. You can keep pouring more water over the mixture and simmering away.
  4. Add sweetener (again, optional), a shake or 2 of cayenne pepper to your cup, and a 1/2 tsp of coconut oil per serving. Stir and enjoy!
Annemarie Dixon http://annemariedixon.com/
The newest addition to my holistic toolbox: colloidal silver

How To: Treat Eye Infections Naturally

Product Review, Wellbeing

I am currently recovering from a pretty nasty eye infection. I woke up one morning, about a month and a half ago, to a big, puffy, painful, red, and itchy masterpiece of a right eye. After a few days of swabbing it with coconut oil (I use coconut oil for a wide variety of physical ailments; it is antibacterial, after all), it kept getting bigger, puffier, redder, and more painful; it was at the point where I could barely open it. At this point, I began to feel a bit panicky. This is my eye, after all. I only have two of them; you don’t want to eff around with eye health. I visited my local walk-in clinic, and was promptly put on 10 days of apo-cephalex, an antibiotic.

Now, I don’t want to alarm you guys, but I have to say, after everything that I learned at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, antibiotics scare the shit out of me. Not only do they wipe out whatever debilitating harmful bacteria you are dealing with, they also decimate your beneficial gut flora. The same gut flora that is responsible for some extremely important functions in your body including healthy digestion, synthesizing B vitamins, immunity, and keeping the body’s population of harmful bacteria under control. I also believe that there is a time and place for antibiotics, in particularly desperate situations. I can understand how if you’re scared and panicky, as I was when I feared that my eyeball would have to be surgically removed if it it didn’t fall out of my face, you might feel forced to turn antibiotics lest you lose a body part or your life or something like that. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and so, I took my apo-cephalex, and polished off the whole pill bottle, as prescribed by the doctor at the walk-in clinic. Within 72 hours, the swelling had gone down significantly. But while I was on vacation last week, the bump appeared to be coming back with a vengeance, becoming puffy and sore again.

Enter, colloidal silver, a healing elixir of epic proportions.

Luckily, Erik’s dad and stepmom, who we were travelling with, always come prepared with a whole holistic pharmacy of natural remedies. Lauri, Erik’s stepmom, had an eye infection a few months ago, and her eye specialist secretly steered her away from the antibiotic route, and recommended that she give colloidal silver a try.

What is colloidal silver?

Colloidal silver is a suspension of silver particles in purified water. But the cool thing about it is that it has long been used for its awesome antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Colloidal silver has been used to boost immunity (so it’s great for cold and flu season!), and to treat skin and tissue damage (burns, cuts, rashes, acne, insect bites, etc).

How To & Results

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first tried it. Erik put one drop in my eye, and one on top of my eyelid, and I carefully rubbed it in with a tissue. The next morning, I was like a changed woman. The swelling was almost gone. I wish I had a picture to show you the before and after, because it truly was like magic. I’ve been applying it about 3 times a day for the past couple days and it definitely appears to be on it’s way away. To counter the effects of antibiotic use, I’ve also been taking theraputic quantities of probiotics. Gotta get that beneficial bacteria back up to snuff! 

I can’t speak for it’s uses as long-term immune support from personal experience, but if you are in need of a quick short-term fix for an eye infection, irritation, or a stye, I definitely recommend colloidal silver. You can find it at your local health food store, and I believe it’s on sale on National Nutrition’s site at the moment.

Anywho, I think I’ll bundle up and go for a walk. I know it isn’t quite autumn yet, but it certainly feels like it. It feels like excitement and possibility. xx