If you look up the word “drank” in Urban Dictionary it comes up with a lot of definitions based on cough syrup. I never knew about that connection. Maybe I’m way out of the loop?
While I know that people who drink this cough syrup, codeine, purple drank aren’t using it for it’s intended medicinal purpose, our drank will be. See, in the last two days I’ve heard of four people who have had the stomach bug. I’ve been in close contact with two. But I’m not gonna go running for the hills cause I know what this bug is like. Instead, I’m gonna go running to my kitchen where I can always find a variety of foods that are just waiting to help me feel better.
I chose this beverage for lots of reasons. First of all, raw ginger is a potent antiviral. Secondly, raw ginger juice makes my body feel all electric and fuzzy in a way that alcohol only wishes. If you haven’t yet experienced the buzz of fresh ginger juice you best get your drank on. And while most people might think chamomile a wuss, nothing could be further from the truth. Gentle, yes. Wuss, no. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and excellent for the digestive tract.
While it may not be the first word you choose to describe the taste of chamomile (at least it wasn’t for me), herbalists know that this herb imparts a bitter flavor. It’s important to include bitter flavors in the diet as they help stimulate digestion. Most American diets are seriously lacking in the bitter realm. Maintaining optimum digestion is critical to health and vitality. When looking to treat or prevent and illness, I always start with the gut. In fact 70% of the cells that make up the body’s immune system are found in the intestinal lining. It’s true.
Armed with just a little bit of information, we can take measures to stay healthy without having to rely on “experts.” I swear this shit works. It need not be rocket science either. You don’t need recipes (though you will need some kitchen equipment), all you really need is to know what you want, know how you want to feel and, last but not least, know how much ginger you can tolerate in your drank.
We here like a shitload of it. If you have a high speed blender, use it to pulverize the ginger. Or run it through a juicer. If those are not options, grate it on a microplane zester. In this case, boiling it will not provide the same type of impact.
Below are some general guidelines on how to make this immune-boosting beverage.
2 tablespoons loose chamomile flowers
1 3/4 cup water
fresh ginger to taste
honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)
Bring about 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Pour the boiling water over the chamomile flowers and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes (or longer). Blend the ginger with the tea (if using a blender) or simply combine the tea with very finely grated ginger. Add sweetener if using.
Check out this video for “Chamomile” from the homie Very G and DJ Organic…