If your feeling sluggish, constantly getting sick, having skin problems or cravings, you may be experiencing inflammation. Have no fear, though, today we’re sharing an easy-to-make elixir that’s as tasty as it is healing.
Inflammation may sound like a scary word, but the truth is, it’s generally a completely normal bodily function and is imperative to healing. In fact, we need it to keep us healthy and to sound the alarm when a foreign substance is present in the body that needs to be fought quickly. Without it, we’d have no first line of defense.
When inflammation becomes chronic, or on-going that’s when it becomes a problem and we need to take action before it leads to bigger health problems like autoimmune diseases.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to avoid inflammation, especially with our modern diet and fast-paced lifestyle. Fortunately, two of the best ways to decrease inflammation are under your control, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, and managing stress levels.
Diet plays a huge role in the bodies ability to flame, or fight, inflammation. In fact, what we eat, and the way our body absorbs nutrients all comes back to our gut.
The gut has been called our second brain because it plays such an important role in the overall function of the body. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, MD, “one of the most common contributors to inflammation is what we in the wellness community call “leaky gut syndrome,” triggered by alcohol, food sensitivities (for example, gluten), certain medications (like NSAIDs), low-grade gut infections (yeast, bacteria, and parasites) and even chronic stress. These can cause damage to the lining of gut or the tight links between the cell wall, letting proteins and bits of bacteria into the bloodstream, setting off an inflammatory response throughout the body (1).”
Today’s recipe is all about helping keep inflammation in balance with a couple of super powerful ingredients paired with one of our favorite healing and soothing teas.
Let’s get into it!
As one of nature’s most complete, nutrient-dense foods it’s a bit shocking that Bee Pollen hasn’t yet reached kale level fame!
Bee Pollen has been used to heal since ancient times, in fact, it was even placed in the tombs of pharaohs to nourish them in the afterlife, and is said to have been prescribed for all types of ailments in ancient Greece.
Bee-lieve it or not, (sorry, we had to) Bee Pollen is richer in protein than any animal source and filled with amino acids that make up different types of proteins, which work to regulate your body’s inflammation.
Bee pollen benefits every system of the body, and studies have shown that it (2):
- Decreases brain fatigue
- Improves alertness and concentration
- Detoxifies the brain, calms the nervous system (Vitamin B) and decreases stress
- Increases endurance and strength in athletes
- Reduces symptoms of allergy sufferers by reducing histamine levels in the body
Dried Dandelion Tea
We usually just think of dandelions as pesky weeds that are fun to blow in the wind, but it turns out they too have many healing benefits. Boasting a wide array of vitamins and minerals, along with protein (who knew?!), dandelion leaves are believed to be effective remedy for an array of conditions.
Dried dandelion has been used holistically throughout history to:
- Relieve pain and swelling in the body with the help of a host of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients contained within.
- Effectively treat anemia, skin, and blood disorders
- Ease symptoms of depression
The best news? You can find them almost anywhere, just avoid any that may have been sprayed with pesticides or covered in fertilizers.
Only produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, this is not your average honeycomb! Much like bee pollen, manuka has been used through the ages to heal a variety of health concerns because it’s a powerful antimicrobial and anti-bacterial and is rumored to have “miraculous healing effects.” Eating manuka honey is also a great way to lower inflammatory response as it aids in lowering the risk of tissue damage and prevents bacterial infections by riding the body of harmful bacteria and toxins.
Manuka honey is beneficial for:
- Healing burns, abscesses, and fistulas
- Combating bacteria strains like Staph and Strep
- Healing stomach ulcers, sore throats, colds and acne
- Improving oral health by inhibiting inflammation of gums (5)
- Alleviating digestive problems like SIBO
When Bee Pollen and Manuka honey combine with our digestion supporting, anti-inflammatory Ginger Digestion Elixir, you’ve got a perfect trifecta of healing benefits. Trust us, your whole body will thank you for adding this drink to your daily routine.
- 1 sachet Pique Ginger Digestion Elixir
- 1 cup hot water 8 oz
- 1 to 2 teaspoons dried dandelion leaves
- 1 teaspoon mucuna honey
- 1 teaspoon bee pollen
Steep dandelion leaves in hot water with honey for 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove dandelion leaves, add Pique Ginger Digestion Elixir. Mix and let sit to reach room temperature.
Add in bee pollen and stir to dissolve. Enjoy!