Immune support is more important now, than ever with a virus, on top of other illnesses. This collection of citrus hacks will offer many delicious forms of comfort and immune support.
Citrus At The Onset Of A Pandemic
Emptied the produce section of your grocery store, did you? Citrus is easily available year round, but what about a few weeks from now? Strange times call for clever solutions!
None of us really know quite what to do with this new virus we are all forced to live with right now, but one thing is for sure; we are forced to live with it.
Many of us made that dreadful trip to the grocery store to buy a whole lot more than toilet paper. Some of us really weren’t sure what to buy. How long are we shopping for?
What if the store is not accessible in a few weeks? Frozen food, and boxed food sections emptied quickly, but then there were those who don’t usually buy items from those sections and prefer instead, to shop the perimeters of the grocery store where meats, dairy, seafood and produce are stocked. That, is what I did. Now what?
I knew in the back of my usual common sense mind, that many of the things I purchase fresh weekly were not going to last, like eggs. I didn’t care. I bought them anyway because it is what I always do. “I will figure it out, once I get out of this mad house, and back in the calm of my kitchen,” I thought.
Well, I did. The calm of my kitchen is what triggers my imagination and creativity. And so, I would like to share with you, many of the clever things I have done with fresh items I want to be able to use in these unknown weeks ahead. I will start first with CITRUS, and trust me, it didn’t end there!
Slice all your citrus thin. Layer them neatly in sealable containers or plastic bags. Be certain to move them quickly to the containers, preserving as much of their juice as possible, and DON’T throw those end pieces away.
We are not getting snowed in, nor is there an earthquake or hurricane about to strike us. An ugly, strange virus is what is clouding our world right now and we need all the immune boosters, powerful natural vitamins, and potent home remedies we can possible whip up quickly, because most pharmacies and vitamin shops ARE OUT!!!
Once the citrus is sliced and sealed, pop into the freezer. They will freeze beautifully and be easy to use in a variety of ways over the weeks, maybe months, ahead. Here are just a few things I know I will be using them for, and hope you will too.
Citrus For Immune Support
From homemade medicine, immune boost soup to several luscious healthy desserts, citrus is the primary ingredient in each of these citrus immune support recipes.
Wellness Popsicles. Sometimes when feeling feverish, we want something to cool us down. These popsicles are made by extracting juice from citrus, simmering with ginger, honey and a chili pepper or two, cool and freeze.
Lemon Thyme Dressing
Lemon Thyme Dressing. With many meals in the days to come coming out of the freezer or box, you will want something refreshing to perk them up, particularly if you are cooking poultry or fish from the freezer. This quick and easy dressing is great on anything, will last a week in the fridge, or a long time in the freezer
Orange Cake. Orange Cake from frozen orange slices? Oh Yeah! This cake is ridiculously delicious; 3 whole oranges, skins and all, nuts, eggs and sugar. No flour! Think of marmalade and macarons, repurposed!
Kill Ur Cold
Kill Ur Cold. While this is fantastic for the common cold, it will greatly comfort the symptoms of Covid. Toss a few slices of citrus in a large container of purified water, sip on it all day. Lots of vitamin C and natural oils from citrus.
Cough Soother. One of the most uncomfortable aspects of a cold, flu or Covid, is the cough. Nothing soothes a cough better than lemon and honey, but this cough syrup is on steroids!
A pot of seemingly trash, with end cuttings from a heap of citrus, a cluster of fresh oregano (fresh if possible, the stuff grows easily in a pot and isn’t easily killed). and raw honey is exactly what this monster Coronavirus doesn’t want in its way!
Immune Boost Onion Soup
Immune Boost Onion Soup. This soup is made with so many immune boosters, lots of lemon included. Many ingredients that (hopefully), have been stashed in the freezer, or are able to obtain easily at a local grocer.
Citrus Gelatin. Juice from any and all citrus you can get your hands on, gelatin for a bit of protein and to solidify these little gelee cups, with a luscious addition of coconut milk. A perfectly refreshing, healthyish citrus dessert.
Immune Support and Concerns Of The Unknown
I am just as concerned, perplexed and angry about this disease that has threatened the peace and health of our everyday lives, as you are, but as a long time natural medicine guru that has had a fascination with the health powers hidden in our natural food sources, I am going to put everything I have ever learned (50 years of curious dabbling), into practice now.
Be safe. Be wise, and let’s manage this monster as best possible, together! xoxo