Written by Stephanie Tourles
This is my version of a spicy, ginger-flavored lemonade. Ginger root is a pungent, moderately hot herb that enhances energy by increasing circulation throughout the body. Combined with a pinch of cayenne and vitamin C-rich lemon juice, this blend enlivens the senses, provides a rosy glow to the complexion, warms the body from head to toe, helps relieve indigestion, constipation, and motion sickness, and clears sinus and respiratory congestion. My Morning Power Shot will give you a bigger energy boost than you'd get from a shot of espresso - guaranteed! And with no caffeine jitters!
1/2 cup purified water
juice of 1 medium lemon
2 teaspoons gingerroot,
peeled, very finely
2 teaspoons raw honey
pinch of cayenne
- Heat the water to just shy of a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat.
- Put the lemon juice, gingerroot, honey, and cayenne in a medium mug and then pour in the hot water. Stir to blend and allow the mixture to steep for 4 to 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger and more potent the ginger becomes.
- Drink quickly, ginger bits and all, when the juice blend is comfortably warm. Feel the hot energy coursing through your veins! Raring to go now, aren't you?
Reprinted with permission from Raw Energy, published by Storey Publishing, LLC., December 2009.