Before dark mornings, before lush green leaves gave way to reds and oranges, before maple pecan lattes were a thing, before pumpkins and apples were found in abundance — before nature drew itself inwards, the slow, warm days of summer were upon us and cold season was but a mere dream. But today that dream is over and I’m drinking this cold buster juice like it’s my job. ?
With the best of fall yet to come, surviving nature’s hand-over to crisp, cool weather can be a bit of a doozy. Especially when it comes to throat tickles and sniffles. But DIY-ing yourself back into shape by whipping up this cosmic blend of apple, lemon, ginger, garlic, navel and blood orange juices really works wonders. Served warm with a dash of cayenne, this immune-boosting juice gives your body the oomph it needs to stave off the common cold.
Needless to say, this has been my “go-to” wellness drink of choice for ages now. My first sip of something similar was at Chaco Canyon Cafe in Seattle. I worked right down the street and would often find myself ordering their magical “flu buster” anytime I felt a cold coming on, or even as a strengthening measure. Since then, I’ve perfected my own healing cup and love that a warming boost of nature’s best immune-strengthening micronutrients is just a juicer (or a blender) away.
Foundationally made from fruits rich in vitamin C, this cold buster juice touts immune-boosting properties from the get-go. But then there’s ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper that offer extra reinforcements.
Ginger and cayenne pepper are both known as sweat-promoting diaphoretics (working to keep the body warm from within). Which means they’re both soothing natural remedies when you have a cold. Garlic offers moderate levels of naturally occurring zinc, which works in concert with the vitamin C found in apples, oranges, and lemons. Both zinc and vitamin C play important roles in modulating immune function, as well as reducing the severity and duration of respiratory infections, including the common cold.
Even if you don’t feel the sniffles coming on, fall is the perfect season to try this cold buster juice. Because fortifying your immune system for all that’s yet to come this fall and winter has never been easier or more comforting.
Pour juice into a small saucepan. Heat juice over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes.
Serve warm with a dash of cayenne pepper.
If you do not have a juicer, blend all ingredients (except for cayenne) in a powerful, high-speed blender. (You may have to add a bit of water to get things moving.) Strain the juice from the plant-pulp using a nut milk bag or sieve.
If you like a sweeter taste, you may wish to add a drizzle of maple syrup to the juice.
You may also drink this juice cold, although the warmth of the heated juice feels wonderful on a sore throat.