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Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir

 Fall is in full swing, and with the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds and keep the immune system at its best. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, NC) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup. Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe, below, for a refreshing, vitamin-packed pick-me-up that combines potassium and calcium-rich lemon and ginger, which has antioxidant and direct anti-inflammatory effects, and relaxing lavender and thyme, which helps relieve coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion.   Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir Recipe:

  • 7 lemons (peeled and juiced)
  • 7 bruised and chopped lemongrass
  • 3 oz peeled and chopped ginger
  • ½ oz dried lavender
  • 12 oz lemon juice
  • 16 oz honey
  • 7 oz simple syrup
  • 3 ½ oz ginger puree
  • 12 sprigs thyme
  • 16 qts simmering water
  1. Combine all ingredients except water in a cambro (large plastic food storage container). Pour simmering water on top.
  2. Allow mixture to steep for at least 4 hours before straining.
  3. Adjust seasoning and chill.

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Kocoon spa’s red date & ginger tea

 What you need:

  • Ginger cut in thin slices or grated (spicier)
  • Red dates
  • Brown sugar

We love to make this tea in winter, because it helps keep your body warm and can be appreciated anytime of the day!

Simmer for at least 20 minutes, a handful of red dates cut in slices (Hong Zao | 紅棗 ), a thumb of ginger (Jiang | 姜 ) minced or sliced (I grate it because I love it hot and spicy!), brown sugar (Hong Tang 评论 ).

This beverage's benefits:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Help treat common flu
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Help relieve menstrual pain

Read this article about red dates, something for women and new mommies

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