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Fermented Health Tonic

Honey fermented health tonic with lemon, ginger and turmeric

5 from 2 reviews

This tonic is a strong and flavorful ferment that is designed to boost your immune system. It’s packed with citrus, ginger, turmeric, and honey. Unlike fire cider and other immune-boosting ferments, this health tonic is gentle on a sensitive stomach, and the flavor is mild enough for children.

Ingredients

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  • 1 organic lemon
  • 1 organic lime
  • 3-inch piece of ginger
  • 3-inch piece of turmeric (or 2 Tbsp ground turmeric)
  • 1/4 cup unpasteurized honey or ginger bug (see notes)
  • 3 cups filtered water

Instructions

  1. Wash lemon and lime. Slice them in half and squeeze them into a 1-quart (1 L) jar. Then add them to the jar.
  2. Wash and dice the turmeric and ginger. There’s no need to peel them. Add them to the jar.
  3. Add in the honey or ginger bug. Pour in the water, leaving at least 1-inch of headroom at the top of the jar.
  4. Loosely cover the jar or use a fermentation-specific lid (like a pickle-pipe) that will allow gas to escape as it ferments. Place the jar somewhere warm and dark to ferment for 3 to 5 days. Stir once per day with a clean spoon.
  5. To serve, pour through a fine-mesh sieve. If the flavor is too strong, then dilute with filtered water, as necessary. See the section above for details on how to bottle your health tonic to turn it into a sparkling beverage.
  6. Store in the refrigerator and use within 1 month. 

Notes

  • Unpasteurized honey has a natural bacterial culture, which will ferment when mixed with water. Because of the health risks associated with the consumption of raw honey, this is not recommended for pregnant women, children under the age of 1 year, or anyone who may be immunocompromised. 
  • Ginger bug is a wild-fermented culture made from grated ginger, turmeric, and sugar. So it is a perfect alternative for anyone looking to avoid honey. You will need to add 2 Tbsp of raw sugar to make a carbonated beverage with ginger bug.

Keywords: immune boosting, healthy, probiotic, super food, gluten free, paleo, fall, winter