Freshly Made Juice Drinks as Tonics and Remedies

Juicing Recipes

Tonics and Remedies

Some of the drinks in this section may not be as tasty as other drinks in the site, mainly because they contain combinations of ingredients that are used for specific conditions. If you are looking for some relief from say diarrhea or menstrual cramping, then you probably won’t be too concerned about flavor. Think of these drinks as medicinal.

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Remember that taking care of your health is an ongoing concern, and if you can maintain a good level of health, then minor ailments will not usually occur, or they will be less severe. Neglecting your health, then looking for a quick fix at a time of crisis is not the way to go. Eating sensibly exercising regularly taking time out to relax, and getting enough sleep are the keys to staying well.

Foods, herbs, and spices have long been the first line of defence in treating illnesses, both as a general preventative and for their specific medicinal qualities. Prunes are well known for their laxative properties, and of course there is that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It is interesting to note how many old-time remedies have a solid scientific basis, even though they were used long before the reasons for their medicinal value was known. Cranberries are a good example. Native to North America, they have been used for centuries as a folk remedy. They are best known now as an effective cure and preventative for urinary tract infections such as cystitis, though recent research has found many other benefits from these antibacterial properties, such as treating gastric ulcers and gum disease.

Ginger is a herb that has been used for hundreds of years to treat nausea. It is just as relevant today, particularly in the case of morning sickness, where drugs cannot be taken, as it is very safe and effective.

Note that the drinks in this section can be used to help ease particular ailments or conditions, but they are in no way meant to replace advice and treatment from a health-care professional.



Cranberry, Pear and Lime Juice

(for urinary tract infections)

Cranberries are a very effective and fast-working solution to urinary tract infections. They are tart in flavor, while commercial juices are often high in sugar. Here, the pear provides sweetness, while the lime contributes vitamin C.


1 cup (4 oz/ 125 g) fresh, or thawed frozen, cranberries

1 pear unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1/2 lime, peeled, seeded, and chopped


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml); serves 1


Fennel, Parsley and Apricot Juice

(for menstrual cramping and bloating)


Fennel is a female reproductive tonic and, along with parslev is a diuretic that helps to counteract water retention and therefore reduce bloating. Parsley also provides magnesium to reduce muscle cramping. The apricots provide some iron, and the orange helps the body to absorb the iron from the parsley.


1/2 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and chopped

2 caps (2 oz/60 g) packed parsley sprigs with stems

2 fresh apricots, pitted, and chopped

1 orange, peeled, seeded, and chopped


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 3/4 cup (6 fl oz/180 ml); serves 1


Apricot and Bilberry Juice

(as an eye tonic)


Eyesight tends to deteriorate with age, but this drink may help to prevent and rectify the problem. Bilberries are rich in anthocyanidins, which promote clear vision. If you can‘t find them, use blueberries, which have similar, though not quite as potent, properties. Both carrots and apricots have vitamin A, which contributes to healthy eyesight. The antihistamines in cilantro help to alleviate allergic irritation in the eyes.


2 apricots, pitted and chopped

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) fresh, or thawed frozen, bilberries or blueberries

1/2 cup [1/2 oz/15 g) cilantro (fresh coriander] sprigs with stems

1 carrot, chopped


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml); serves 1


Kiwi Cold Fighter

(colds)

This drink is packed with vitamin C from the fruit, while the ginger and cayenne will help to warm the body and clear the sinuses.


2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped

1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored, and chopped

1 orange, peeled, seeded, and chopped (white pith left on]

1/2-inch (12-mm) piece fresh ginger pinch cayenne pepper in a juicer, process the kiwifruit, pineapple, orange, and ginger.


Whisk in the cayenne and serve immediately.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Celery and Apple Juice

(for arthritis)

Celery and fenugreek both have anti-inflammatory properties, while strawberries contain a natural aspirin-like substance to relieve pain.


1 fenagreek tea bag 1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) boiling water

2 stalks celery chopped

1 apple, unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1 cup (4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries


Put the tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until cold, about 15 minutes.


In a juicer, process the celery, apple, and strawberries. Stir the juice into the tea.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Grapefruit, Lemon and Ginger Juice

(as an appetite stimulant)

This tart drink will enliven any jaded appetite. The grapefruit and lemon are both appetite stimulants, as is the ginger. The added bonus is lots of vitamin C, and soluble fiber.


1/2 ruby grapefruit, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 small lemon, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/2 inch (12mm} piece fresh ginger

1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped


In a juicer, process all the ingredients.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Apple, Prune and Aloe Juice

(constipation)

This is a very effective drink if you are suffering from constipation. Prunes are laxative, while the apple provides soluble fiber. Aloe vera juice soothes the gastro-intestinal tract, and is also gently laxative. Psyllium husks create soft bulk.


1/3 cup (2 oz/60 g) pitted prunes, chopped

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml} water

2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

1 tablespoon aloe vera juice, or as directed

2 teaspoons psyllium husks


In a small saucepan, combine the prunes and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and  simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool.


In a juicer, process the apples. In a blender, combine apple juice, prunes and aloe vera juice. Process until smooth. Whisk in the psyllium husks and serve immediately.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Melon Mouth Healer

(mouth ulcers)

Mouth ulcers seem minor but they make life so unpleasant – they hurt when you eat and talk. They can be caused by many different things including allergies, deficiencies, stress, or just being tired and run-down. The slippery elm in this drink soothes the mouth, the sunflower seed meal provides zinc, and the cabbage has healing properties.


1/4 honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 cup (3 oz/90 g) chopped cabbage

2 teaspoons slippery elm powder

1 tablespoon sunflower seed meal

In a juicer, process the melon and cabbage. Whisk in the slippery elm powder and the sunflower seed meal. Sip the drink slowly.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Orange and Herb Brew

(cough)

This drink helps if you are suffering from a cough connected with a cold. Thyme works as an expectorant, while sage and honey ease a sore throat. Garlic has antiviral and antibacterial properties and the orange supplies vitamin C. Echinacea is a herb that works to strengthen the immune system.


2 large fresh thyme sprigs

6 fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) sparkling water

1 teaspoon honey

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

juice of 1 large orange

liquid echinacea, as directed on bottle (optional)


In a cup, combine the thyme and sage and add the boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Stir in the honey and garlic and let stand for another 5 minutes. Strain the liquid and stir in the orange juice and echinacea.

Makes about 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Ginger and Coriander Seed Tea

(for morning sickness)

Ginger is very soothing to the stomach and is a well- known remedy for nausea. Coriander seeds aid digestion, helping to settle the stomach after eating.


1/2 inch (12-mm) piece fresh ginger finely sliced

1 teaspoon coriander seeds

1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) boiling water


In a small teapot, combine the ginger and coriander seeds. Add the boiling water, and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour through a small sieve into a cup. Sip slowly.

Makes 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml); serves 1


Guava and Rice Milk Blend

(diarrhea)

Nutmeg and guava both have diarrhea-easing properties, while rice milk is a nourishing, soothing fluid. The acidophilus yogurt helps to normalize the bacteria in the bowel.


1 large guava, unpeeled and chopped

1/2 cup (4 fl oz/125 ml) rice milk

1/2 cup [4 oz/125 g] acidophilus yogurt

pinch ground nutmeg


In a juicer, process the guava. In a blender, combine the guava juice and all the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups (10 fl oz/300 ml); serves 1


Strawberry and Rose Hip Skin Tonic

(complexion)

There are millions of products on the market that claim to beautify your skin from the outside, but it is what we put inside our bodies that really counts. Strawberries and rose hip tea are both good sources of vitamin C, needed for the production of collagen to promote healthy skin. The apple provides soluble fiber, and the chlorophyll gives a concentrated nutrient boost and an internal cleanse.


1 rose hip tea bag

3/4 cup ( 6 fl oz/185 ml) boiling water

1 cup [4 oz/125 g) hulled fresh, or thawed frozen, strawberries

1 apple, unpeeled, cored, and chopped

1 teaspoon liquid chlorophyll, or as directed (optional]


Put the tea bag in a cup and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and refrigerate the tea until it is cold, about 15 minutes. In a juicer, process the strawberries and apple. Stir the juice into the tea, then add the chlorophyll and stir to combine.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml); serves 1


17. September 2010 by Sue
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