Containing lots of healthy ingredients the likes of turmeric, ginger, lemon and cider vinegar; this drink is amazing for a healthy gut and has anti-inflammatory properties also!
I came across recipes for 'switchel' on pinterest and thought I'd have to try one out for myself given the ingredients used to make it, it had to be a really refreshing and good for you drink. Apple cider vinegar is amazing for those suffering with heartburn acid reflux issues as it is often a result having low stomach acid. Turmeric and ginger I have mentioned on here plenty of times as both are powerful anti-inflammatories and are often used in cases of arthritis or inflammation in the digestive system, lemon and honey sweeten it up slightly but as lemons are full of viatmin C they are great at giving the immune system a boost to prevent or have a faster recovery from colds and flus.
Traditionally, apparently switchel was drunk in late Summer during harvest for the farmers as a refreshing and recovering drink like a homemade sports drink! Once made it has to be kept in the fridge and drunk within a few days, I liked drinking it first thing in the morning to give my digestive system a boost first thing and ready to take in my breakfast! Although I can only manage a small glass as the cider vinegar aspect is an acquired taste, but the other ingredients do balance it out and make it taste a lot nicer than if drunk alone believe me!
Turmeric & Ginger Lemonade Switchel Recipe
I used: juice of 3 lemons, slices of 1 inch pieces each of fresh ginger and turmeric roots, 2 tsp honey, 3 tsp cider vinegar, 1 litre (approx) filtered water
Place all the ingredients in a litre size glass bottle (or jug), give it a shake or stir, cover and leave to infuse in the fridge for a few hours. Strain and serve.
Ready to enjoy garnished with mint sprigs and lemon wedges. Let me know if you give it a try and what you think of my version of a switchel drink! (All my social medias are at the bottom of the page!)
My name is Helen Davison and I'm a NIMH registered practising Medical Herbalist based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. I've had a keen interest in herbal remedies since my early teens and would experiment creating my own balms and bath bombs using natural ingredients, which prompted me in discovering and pursuing a career in Western Herbal Medicine.