Cleansing Lemon-Ginger Oxymel
Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! Download the app.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Oxymel is a traditional tonic based on apple cider vinegar and raw, unfiltered honey. The dandelion root and burdock root help detox the liver and blood; the dried roots are available at most natural food stores. If you can’t find them, swap a 3-inch segment of fresh burdock root and 1/2 cup dandelion leaves. Don’t boil the leaves; just steep them in the hot liquid after the ginger cooks. Take a shot in the morning; it’s intense!
1 2-inch piece ginger root
1 Tbs. dried dandelion root
1 Tbs. dried burdock root
1 small lemon, juiced
3 Tbs. organic apple cider vinegar
3 Tbs. raw, unfiltered honey
Peel ginger, and thinly slice crosswise. Combine in a small pot with dandelion root, burdock root, and 11/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
Strain mixture into a glass pint jar. Add lemon juice, vinegar, and honey. Stir to mix well, and let cool.
Serve as is, or chill before serving. To serve, fill an espresso cup or shot glass halfway with mixture, and down it before breakfast. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
View all elixir recipes: Do-It-Yourself Healing Elixirs