Spring (and pollen) is in the air! A natural food approach to allergies that works!

Spring in Chapel Hill is a colorful, beautiful time of year. Rebirth, renewal and lots, and lots of pollen in the air. We have about 1-2 weeks that will be approaching soon when it literally rains pollen. Since we relocated to North Carolina I learned that this area is one of the worst in the nation for allergies due to the short winter and warm climate that allows for many varieties of plants, molds, grasses, and trees to bloom. What I love about Chapel Hill, NC is also what makes my body feel terrible. 

Some people get congestion from allergies but for me and others the response is inflammatory and neurological. What I have found is a great remedy that I use throughout the day to fight the inflammation in my body. I take Gaia Turmeric Allergy Supplements when needed as an extra boost however this is my go to to combat my allergies. Last season I spent much of it indoors, however this year I am enjoying Spring! I have continued to hike, walk, garden, read outside, and enjoyed a beautiful event welcoming Spring at the Eco-Institute at Pickard's Mountain last night symptom free! 

The secret? Ginger elixir with turmeric! A ginger elixir with honey and lemon was recommended by my acupuncturist and I added in turmeric for an extra anti-inflammatory boost. The health benefits of ginger are numerous, including reducing nausea, indigestion, inflammation, viruses.  I first began having ginger tea during chemo and it did wonders for my nausea. Here is some great information on this healing food from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/ginger

The method:

 1. Peel about 1 cup of ginger (just learned a new hack of using a spoon!)  

2. Put in food processor until grated, or you can hand grate. 

3. Using a fine mesh sieve or tea infuser, pour 1.5 cups of hot water over the ginger (a large mason jar works great for this) 

4. Enjoy! Drink as a shot or sip throughout the day.  You can add some local honey (or manuka honey), lemon, or 1 tsp turmeric (another super food that is anti-inflammatory) if you would like

I leave it out in a mason jar and sip throughout the day or you can heat if you store it in the fridge. You can make it on Sunday and have it throughout the week. Mason jars travel well to work or play.  It will keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days.  What do you do with the ginger after the elixir is made? Use it for soups, chicken, fresh salad dressings,  smoothies, or sautee greens with olive oil, ginger, and garlic. YUM!