Anyone who has hung out in a yoga ashram or health spa will tell you that the morning beverage of choice is hot lemon water with cayenne pepper and honey or maple syrup. After all my years of living, studying and working in ashrams and spas you would think I would have adopted this healthy lifestyle habit. But I have a confession. Although I’ve often had hot lemon water, I never was brave enough to put a pinch of cayenne pepper in my morning brew. Until now, that is.
Last week I was hit with the sore throat/cough/body ache virus that passed through town. So I decided to give the lemon/cayenne concoction a try. And boy, am I glad I did! First of all, it actually tastes good. But more importantly, the zing of cayenne was instantly soothing to my sore throat.
If you’d like to try this time-honored healing drink, here’s what you need:
- Juice of ½ an organic lemon (in the photo you can see my favorite lemon squeezer)
- Pinch of Cayenne
- Sweetener (I use Valencia Orange Stevia, but you could use honey or maple syrup – the amount is up to you)
- Hot water (not boiling, however, because boiling water can denature the enzymes in the lemon)
And remember Happiness in a Glass? Another yummy beverage that helps me regain my strength and sacred power!
What is your secret healing ingredient when your body has lost its mojo? Share it with me in the comments below. Thank you