With all the talk these days about immunity, I thought it was time to check in with Anna Getty, the chef behind the delicious, healthy, mainly plant-based, low-sugar, often lectin-free recipes and food inspiration at Amalgam Kitchen. Anna’s been sharing nutritious advice with me for more than a decade, so when she offered to teach me how to make this easy, immunity-system supporting tisane recipe, I jumped at the chance. Want the recipe?
We met up in March for a 30-minute recipe demo plus conversation about health and wellness in the time of Covid-19 and here’s the link to the video. We made this Immunity-Boosting Ginger Lemon Tisane, which is a natural herbal tea infused with lemon, ginger, and honey.
Anna Getty’s Immunity-Boosting Ginger Lemon Tisane Recipe
(serves two, certified organic ingredients preferred)
1-2 ginger roots (roughly two-inch pieces), washed
1 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1-2 lemons, washed
Can’t make the conversation? No worries! Here’s how to make Anna Getty’s Immunity-Boosting Ginger Lemon Tisane:
- Slice the ginger thinly — you can even use a mandolin. If you are sensitive to spice, just use one root — if you’re like me, you’ll want two.
- Drop the ginger into a saucepan and pour four cups of water over, then cover and leave on low heat for five minutes.
- While that’s cooking (and your house is beginning to smell amazing) add to each mug a teaspoon of honey, plus the cayenne and turmeric, and mix it into a paste.
- Then cut each lemon in half, pick out the seeds, and squeeze the juice — including any pulp, that’s the good stuff as it’s full of antioxidant bioflavonoids — into the cups. If you like lemon, use one per cup; otherwise, just half a cup is fine.
- After the ginger has cooked down, strain into the cup, stir and sip. Yum!
“This tisane supports the immune system — and just makes you feel better if you’re coming down with something,” Anna told me. “I always save the leftover ginger in my fridge in case I need to put it on a feverish forehead and bring the heat down.”
The immunity-boosting supplements Anna recommends are vitamins B, D, and C + zinc, along with quercetin. A sante!