Immune Boosting Lemon, Cayenne and Ginger Tea Concentrate


Immune boosting botanicals are something I try to incorporate into my daily routine, and on the rare occasion that I get sick, I double down on the healing and inflammation busting ingredients in my pantry. Earlier in November, I was surrounded by people with really bad colds—the kind that just shut your body down. My husband got it, and I watched him suffer through it for about a week until I began to feel the symptoms myself.

I panicked a little, because who has time to be sick? Then I went straight to the kitchen and whipped up an immune boosting lemon, cayenne and ginger tea concentrate. I made 16 ounces of this concentrate to store in the refrigerator, and then I added a few tablespoons of it to hot water and drank 5-6 cups of this over the course of 3-4 days. That might sound like a lot, but it was soothing and made me feel better like a healing broth would. It was also delicious. The best part, however, is that it helped keep me from developing a full-blown illness and recover much more quickly.

As you know, lemon is rich in vitamin C and helps detoxify your system. Ginger and cayenne pepper add a lot of immune boosting power to the mix, too. Ginger has the ability to help prevent and treat infections because it activates T-cells, a group of white blood cells that help destroy cells infected by virus. Ginger has a spicy kick that stimulates blood circulation and opens up your sinuses, and it’s rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne pepper also offers a rich source of vitamin C and bioflavinoids that help your body produce white blood cells, especially those in your lymphatic system that cleanse your cells and tissues of toxins. Cayenne pepper also helps build healthy mucus membrane tissue that defends against viruses and bacteria.

This concentrate is rich in vitamins and will warm you up with its spicy flavor. Here’s how to make it…

Grate or mince 3 tablespoons of fresh ginger. Bring 1 ½ cups water to a simmer in a small pot. Add ginger and let simmer and steep for 20 minutes. Strain the water into a mason jar or other glass container. Add the juice of 2-3 lemons. Add 1 small dash of cayenne pepper. Add 2 tablespoons of manuka honey or raw honey for added sweetness and healing properties (optional). Store concentrate in the refrigerator and shake well before each use.

To drink, you can either take shots of this concentrate (careful—it’s spicy!) or you can add 1-2 tablespoons of it to hot water and sip. Having the concentrate prepared and on hand makes it easy to enjoy this immune boosting elixir throughout the week.

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About Susannah Compton

Susannah Compton is the founder and formulator behind Florescent, a line of 100% botanical perfumes she blends in small batches from organic and wild crafted aromatics. Plant-based skincare and cosmetics are a way of life for Susannah, who writes about clean beauty and the benefits of botanical ingredients for No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and Integrity Botanicals. Florescent, however, is Susannah’s personal expression of healthy beauty. Susannah has been working with botanical aromatics for years, blending first for therapeutic purposes before delving into the art of perfumery. Having rarely experienced the depth and complexity of true botanicals in conventional perfume, she learned the art of blending and created what her heart desired — a scent that would move her the way perfume should. In search of those elevating, ethereal bouquets of scent, Susannah honed her skills behind the perfume bench. She launched Florescent in the spring of 2015 to share the lush experience and pleasing ritual of real perfume.