Winter Digestive Tonic
Winter is here and often we don’t get the opportunity to spend as much time outside as we would like due to the weather being cold, frosty and recently snowy.
Walking, running, climbing and lots of other outdoor activities get our bodies moving and that movement aids our digestion. Literally moves our internal organs and massages our insides. Yogis love inversion, not only because it feels wonderful to do but it aids digestion and is a lovely self massage.
I was given this recipe by Hannah at Hannah Does Yoga, it’s her favourite winter digestive tonic and I’m going to share it with you.
2 litres Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 Star Anise
3 Cardamon Pods (seeds only)
10 Juniper Berries
Dessert Tbsp elderberries
1 Tsp Hawthorn berries
1/4 Tsp All Spice
Put all the ingredients into a large pan on a low to medium heat and bring gently to a simmer. Allow the tonic to simmer for 15 minutes and then let it sit for an hour (as Nigel would say “so all the flavours get to know one another”). Sieve the liquid, discarding the spices and reheat or if you prefer put it on ice to have cold.
Love the fact that even in winter some of us like most of our drinks hot and others like them cold.