Wellness Support during
Flu Season – Switchel
Cold and flu season is coming up, and I totally believe in food as medicine. So, I’m sharing a recipe for soothing a sore throat, courtesy of Haylie Pomroy, one of the most effective nutritionists globally. In her explanation of what Switchel is, Ms. Pomroy says:
The recipe dates back to colonial times. In the 1800′s, it was known as “Haymaker’s Punch.” During the hay harvest, breathing the hay particles would irritate farmers’ throats, and this drink soothed the irritation.
Folk medicine is a cultural evolution. When there were no doctors, people treated diseases and injuries using herbs and other local plants. The effectiveness of their “cures” was passed down from generation to generation. Many of these medicinals were so effective that pharmaceutical companies have tried to duplicate their results synthetically, for example, natural digitalis was synthetically duplicated as digoxin.
One of the ways you can bring a more holistic approach to your wellness and limit the amount of antibiotics you use during cold and flu season is to study folk remedies. Mother Earth News has a great post on Folk Medicine which mentions switchel as a remedy. Click here to read it.
- 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (We recommend Bragg's as it is unfiltered and contains beneficial probiotics.)
- 3 Tsp Bee Wild Wildflower Honey
- 1/4 Tsp Ground Ginger or 1 Tsp Finely Chopped Raw Ginger
- 1 Cup Spring or Sparkling Water
- Combine all ingredients in a jar or glass. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Shake or stir before serving. If using fresh ginger, strain through a sieve.
- Pour over ice and serve. Add extra water or sparkling water if desired.
- Also tastes great warm!