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Smoothie Medicine: Tasted Awful But It Worked


So last Sunday, I was feeling the pain. Everyone around me was sick and I could feel the ickyness hovering over me. Had so many plans for the day. I was going to work for a bit, go to yoga, and out for dins with my man and his fam.

But no. There were other plans in store for me. Seems my immune system was the cruise director of my ship and had decided it was going to try and take me down. Na- ah! No way. I had the photo shoot for my book and a million things to get done this week. There was no time for sickness.

So instead of doing what we all like to do- push on through until we have no choice but to lay in bed incapacitated, I took a hot, hot, hot long steamy bath and made the grossest concoction that has ever been concocted, and I rested.

Now, when I say this drink was gross- I mean gross in the most potent, healing way. You know I am all about delish balancing with healing- but when it comes to the risk of cold and flu, delish goes right out the window.

The ONLY thing that allowed me to get this baby down, was my glass straw. This straw is as good as an IV drip when it comes to getting the goods in as quickly as possible. Want to know what was in the mix?


Only the most powerful things I had on hand.

  • Navitas Pomegranate and Acai Powder: for antioxidant super power.
  • Cayenne: to get circulation going and heat heating.
  • Fresh Ginger Root: Anti-microbial, anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, and super strong antioxidant.
  • Raw honey: anti microbial, anti-viral, anti- microbial
  • Chaga tincture : most potent anti-oxidant ever!
  • Shizandra extract: Enhances immune system through antioxidant effect and increases energy supply to brain, muscles, liver, kidney, glands, nerves and entire body
  • Ocean's Alive: Super detoxifier, essential fatty acids and amino acids.
  • Lemon + peel: Vitamin C and bioflvanoids
  • Living Libations Immune Illume + Hotberry: AMAZING source of anti-oxidants plus tastes so good.
  • Blueberries- more antioxidants and vitamin C (and hoped it might help with the flavour).
  • Buffered Vitamin C Powder: self explanatory no?
  • MSM powder: for extra liver and cell detox support
Now if you ask me, these items or most of them, should be staples in your home. This is the ultimate natural medicine cabinet. Combine a mix of these wit a hot, hot bath and those bugs and viruses don't stand a chance!
I double dog dare you to try this mix! It tastes absolutely horrible- but let me tell you, it works like nothing I have ever tried. I woke up Monday fresh and new as could be.

Cold Kicker

Prep Time: 5

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 tsp Navitas Pomegranate
  • 1 tsp Navitas Acai Powder
  • 1/4 tsp (or as much as you can handle) Cayenne
  • 1 Tbs Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 Tbs Raw honey:
  • 2 dropper-fulls Chaga (or fave mushroom extract) tincture
  • 1 tsp Shizandra extract
  • 1 dropper full: Ocean's Alive Marine phytplankton
  • 1/4 organic lemon (with peel on)
  • 3 drops: Living Libations Immune Illume + Hotberry
  • 1/2 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 1 Tbs Buffered Vitamin C Powder
  • 1 tsp MSM powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of water (Don't add too much water. You want this to go down as quickly as possible)


  • Place all ingredients in blender.
  • Blend until smooth as possible.
  • Pour into glass, add a glass straw and suck it back as fast as you can.
  • Take a hot bath to raise your body temperature. This helps kill off bacteria (similar to how a fever works).
  • Rest.

Question of the Day: What are your tricks and tips to fend off sickness naturally?

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12 Responses to “Smoothie Medicine: Tasted Awful But It Worked”

  1. Smoothie Medicine: Tasted Awful But It Worked: So last Sunday, I was feeling the pain. Everyone around me was si...
  2. I have been battling a soar throat since Thursday! It hasn't gotten worse but its still hanging around. I'm taking echinacea, oregano oil, Vit C powder every 4 hours, gargling salt water and drinking lemon, ginger, honey and cayenne pepper tea. I have also been sleeping 8-10 hours but now that the weekend is it will probably be closer to 7-8 hours.
  3. Hook me up with some of this sweet medicine (sweet in efficiency, not taste!) @meghantelpner
  4. glad you are feeling better! I am slowly building up a pretty decent natural medicine cabinet, adding some of the stuff you listed to my list :)
  5. Jamie Langlois said…
    lots of vitamin D + C, oil of oregano, green juices with lemon, nasal irrigation, lots of herbal teas and rest!!! Works pretty much every time!!
  6. i think you forgot one ingredient--garlic ; ) i down a tablespoon of chopped garlic on its own when i feel something coming on... i can't wait to hear how your drink helps you--always looking for more natural ways to heal : )
  7. My icky concoction that healed me right up! #holistic #recipe #natural
  8. My icky concoction that healed me right up! #holistic #recipe #natural
  9. Who is getting the icky sicky chills? Down THIS! #holistic
  10. Andrea said…
    My cold last week lasted from Wednesday-Friday and that's it- though I was feeling it on Monday and Tuesday and on Monday morning thought that the sore throat was due to dry air. The cold wasn't even that bad and I didn't finish any boxes of tissue, but snotty enough for me and bad enough to be uncomfortable. I credit my recent return to clean eating and working out, letting myself take 2 days off work (the first and third day - going to work on rainy Thursday quickly seemed like a bad idea), and all the good stuff I consumed: Lots of raw local (Innisfil, Ontario) honey, coconut oil, lemon, vitamin C powder, double-dose vitamin D, ginger, turmeric (I learned that one from you) and other super foods. I did chaga tea in one smoothie, but it tastes awful to me, and started on oregano oil on day 2. On Friday evening I had some super spicy green curry at my favourite Thai restaurant and on Saturday morning I was mostly back to my regular self. The hot baths may have helped too. I really think that letting myself take sick days from work helped. Same thing happened a couple of months ago (minus the curry): Short and mild. Morals of the story: Take Meghan's advice. She knows of what she speaks. :) And, superfoods really work!

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