The first thing I do when I wake up, aside of placing lemon water at everyone’s seat at the table (post coming next reviewing why this is important), is to place a glass of elixir beside their water.
Moonshine Mamas has a great elixir that contains turmeric. There are other elixirs out there but this one differs because of the turmeric (and great flavour options). Turmeric has been getting a lot of buzz and research these days backing not only its anti-inflammatory properties (think joint pain, allergies) but also other health benefits (anti-depressant, detoxes liver, fights disease and cancer).
I have a couple of recipes for warm turmeric drinks (turmeric latte, golden milk), however, this elixir is a really easy way to get your daily dose. EASY. Key word: easy. I like easy.
Some people might shy away from elixirs because of the price. Though, keep in mind that a small amount goes a long way. All your body needs, daily, to reap health benefits from the ingredients is 1 oz a day (2 tbsp). So, measure it out vs free pouring. You can drink more (it’s hard not to, because they are absolutely delicious) but it’s a bit of a waste as your body can’t absorb more. Your daily dose of turmeric is in the 1 oz (approx 4 grams). (FYI, dry turmeric powder daily dose is 1/2 tsp.)
There are 4 flavours – sour cherry, turmeric, turmeric lime and winter warrior. The ingredient base is the same – anti-inflammatory ginger, lemon, turmeric & raw honey. Winter warrior (which is only available from Sept until the elderberries run out) has powerful immune boosting properties from the elderberries; they are rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and contain high amounts of vitamin C, A and B6, potassium, iron, fibre and beta carotene.
I take my elixir shot straight up. Some like to add water or juice. (It makes a great non-alcoholic drink to serve with fizzy water).
These ingredients are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, not to mention alkalizing (having an alkaline, vs acidic system gives you a better immune system with more energy, better digestion and is disease fighting). It feels good having an easy way to give my family a daily dose of turmeric. However, the other elixir ingredients can’t be overlooked:
GINGERrelieves nausea and digestive problems, cancer fighting and helps prevent infections.
LEMONalso helps with digestive issues, flushes toxins from your system, balances your ph levels (alkaline), cuts phlegm
RAW HONEYanti-bacterial and healing properties (wounds), slowly absorbed (providing sustained energy), contains variety of minerals (iron, potassium, calcium, B complex)
I’m pouring 1 tbsp of the cherry into a shot glass for my sick 5 year old right now (Hello, school – the revolving door or germs). But often my kids will mix it with sodastream water. The other elixir I’ve used is the Meredith Elixir. Hers does not contain turmeric. I use this one to serve non-alcoholic drinks, when needed. It blends really nicely with our sodastream fizzy water. Or if I do want to go beyond my 1 oz, I’ll take a swig of this one (lemon is my fav).
Check out the links above to find this product. Moonshine Mamas was started locally, here in Thornbury, Ontario, by a woman diagnosed with cancer, and her sister – both determined to make something to help bring her back to good health. They definitely succeeded. And, now we benefit. Thank you, Moonshine Mamas!